Five collaboration tools to accelerate your business

Want your team to be more efficient and productive in 2020? These five collaboration tools could help accelerate your business...

Terry Lewis


Want your team to be more efficient and productive in 2020?

There are plenty of ways that companies can empower today’s staff members, to providing them with the best rugged smartphones on the market, to offering sensational internet connectivity.

However, according to recent studies, perhaps the best thing that any company can do for its employees today, is provide them with an easier way to work collaboratively together. One report from Stanford University found that when employees working individually were compared to those working in groups, the teams stayed focus 64% longer than their peers.

Additionally, a survey of 1,400 companies also revealed that 86% of respondents believe lack of collaboration will ultimately lead to workplace failure.

The good news? Collaboration tools can help.

Collaboration tools are software solutions that combine communication, file-sharing, and other features into a hub of productivity for today’s in-office and distributed teams. Here are just five options that could transform your business this year.

1.   Cisco Webex Teams

Delivered as part of the Cisco BroadSoft experience for collaboration and communication, Cisco Webex Teams is one of the leading collaboration tools in the market. For years, Cisco has stood out as one of the most reliable tech companies in the world – offering exceptional communication strategies for businesses of all sizes.

The Cisco Webex Teams collaboration app provides team members with all the collaborative tools they might need to organize their work and performance. Cisco Webex Teams ensures seamless switching between platforms and devices, along with screen sharing and file sharing, direct messaging, whiteboarding, and more.

Cisco’s sensational end-to-end performance, user-friendliness, and communication quality based on the Cisco/BroadSoft portfolio makes Webex a must-have tool for today’s companies.

2.   Microsoft Teams

Another collaboration tool embracing the “Teams” name, is Microsoft Teams. Created initially as a replacement for the Skype for Business communication app, Microsoft Teams is a selection of project management and communication tools. Together, this portfolio of applications comes together into a  streamlined environment to help teams of all sizes work together. One of the most notable features of Microsoft Teams is its ability to work well with the Office 365 environment.

Within Microsoft Teams, you can share screens and documents, use virtual whiteboards, transfer files, and chat in real-time. There’s also the option to set up real-time conversations through instant messaging, voice, and video too.

If you’re already familiar with the Microsoft Office products, then the Teams collaboration tool will feel like a natural progression for your company.

3.   Slack

Perhaps one of the best-known collaboration tools in the world today, Slack was one of the first pieces of software to introduce us to the new world of collaboration. Slack supports millions of users around the world, with an intelligent platform that offers direct messaging, group conversations, video, and audio. You can use this tool to talk to your colleagues in real-time, share documents, and do a number of other crucial things to boost productivity.

One of the major benefits of Slack is the fact that it can integrate with a wide selection of other tools, Slack is compatible with services like Google Drive and Dropbox. Additionally, you can visit the Slack marketplace and choose from dozens of plugins and integrations to add to your tool.

You can even access a free version of Slack to test the functionality out before you go all-in on your new collaboration product.

4.   Trello

Trello takes a slightly different approach to the collaboration tools that we’ve looked at so far. Although real-time messaging is available, you’ll manage your collaboration mostly through cards and boards On Trello. The platform allows you to work with lists of projects that you can assign to specific teams or people. You can also set up to-do-lists for members of your staff.

With Trello, business leaders can assign comments to cards, instantly alert employees of upcoming deadlines and more. There’s also a number of integrations available with leading apps like Evernote and Google Drive.

If you need to access things like video and voice calling, you can even combine Trello with other tools like Slack and Microsoft Teams.

5.   Podio

Finally, Podio is a business collaboration tool that stands out for it’s flexible and highly customisable platform. You can use this software to organise large amounts of works and projects, and delegate tasks to individual employees. Podio provides the tools you need to share files, set deadlines, and get immediate feedback on the projects that you’re currently working on.

A fantastic feature of Podio is how well it works with smartphones and mobile apps, so you can continue to use the service wherever you are. Additionally, like a number of other collaboration software solutions on the market, Podio also comes with various integrations with third-party apps like Google Drive and Dropbox too.

Which collaboration tools will you be putting to the test in 2020? If you need more guidance, feel free to reach out to Nice Network today.