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Business Collaboration Tools For Better Communication

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According to a study by cloud-based team managers Salesforce, 96 percent of executives cite lack of collaboration as the number one reason why a project fails. For small businesses without a large in-house staff, this is even more crucial, as a failed project can sink an entrepreneurial business. Finding the right collaboration tools is paramount to keeping your business successful.

Understanding Hardware

Business collaboration software is only as strong as the hardware that it runs on. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is a great choice for running your business collaboration packages. The S7 lets you expand the memory up to 256GB so your people have plenty of room for documents. Apps run quickly on the lightning fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and it even comes with a defense-grade security suite to protect your collaborative information, keeping the information safe. With the S7, whatever software solutions you end up choosing, you can be reasonably certain that they will work optimally.

Solutions For Your Company Size

The effectiveness of collaboration tools in business is directly related to the size of the company. Small businesses get more impact out of channel collaboration in which they work with another company to increase channel distribution. The best way to collaborate with distribution channels is to have everything available to your team wherever they may be. A cloud-based office will help with this task. Cloud services will put all of the information that your team needs at their fingertips, anywhere that they have internet. Even proprietary software can be shared using cloud platforms.

Use Your Partner’s Offerings

One of the reasons that you collaborate is because there are partners out there that have something that you do not. Your company brings one thing to the table and their company brings something different. To make the most out of the collaboration, identify the technology that the partner company uses and piggyback on that. If the technology is not user-specific, then there is no cost to them but a huge benefit to you. Have it written into your collaboration agreement so that there is no funny business down the line.

Leverage Free Resources

Not all of the best tools have a hefty price tag. Some are free or very reasonable. The best of these comes from Google. The G Suite package comes with cloud-based document sharing which includes word processing and spreadsheet platforms as well as messaging and video chat capabilities through Google Hangout. You can use individual components of G Suite for free or use the entire integrated package for $10 per month. Since it is cloud-based and comes from Google, you can run this from any device that has the ability to connect to the internet.

Always Have Wi-Fi

A key factor to most collaboration tools is that you must have some form of internet connection. To make sure that you and your staff are always able to collaborate, get the Personal CellSpot from T-Mobile and Asus. This router will let all of the team’s devices connect and can be used to allow Wi-Fi calling, enhancing communication. Use this to keep everyone connected and give your business the best chance at success.

Posted on January 11th, 2017 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

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