Document collaboration is set to move on from simple intra-company document sharing to become a sophisticated inter-company collaborative experience, analyst Butler Group has predicted.
Research from the analyst company has found that staff spend 25% of their working day on non-productive, document collaboration-related tasks.
Richard Edwards, senior research analyst at Butler and co-author of a new report, said, “Organisations are now looking to extend the reach and range of their document collaboration capabilities in order to support high-value, low-overhead joint ventures and collaborative commercial undertakings.”
Over the last few years IT managers have been focusing on internal corporate collaboration, content management, and web conferencing products.
But the report said that today senior managers are looking for ways to reduce the excessive cost and complexity of high-level business interaction, and Butler said it expected that technologies based on peer-to-peer (P2P) functionality and new web-based technologies would force both suppliers and end-users organisations to re-think their strategies over the coming year
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