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Today’s digital natives expect the way they work to be flexible and unconstrained by geographic boundaries. Thanks to advances in legislation around remote working, prospective employees demand access to collaboration tools that accommodate their individual working preferences and support the concept of an agile workforce. As a result, anytime, anywhere communication from any device, is a prerequisite for success. In 2016 we’ll see businesses fully adopting cloud-based delivery models to reap the benefits of tools which are low-cost, accessible and easy to use. Accommodating a flexible workforce is simply impossible with an on premise infrastructure.

Taking a unified vote

The term ‘collaboration’ is used to describe a number of different means of communication. Whether it’s audio conferencing, chat, web conferencing, screen or file sharing, companies are spending thousands to keep up with the ever evolving platforms for collaboration, all of which serve different purposes, but are necessary to meet business needs. In 2016, decision makers will look to centralise their systems into a simple, integrated platform that removes the need for multiple applications and passwords and supports remote workers to share and record information. Next year, we’ll see businesses saying goodbye to disparate solutions and looking at how IT can help the business to become more productive by integrating collaboration tools with their communications platforms.

Say goodbye desk phone & hello video

The rise of the millennial workforce, also know as the ‘always-on generation,’ has meant that increasingly staff are looking for simple, speedy answers and solutions, regardless of location. Many employees see scope for quick fixes in email or chat, prioritising them as their preferred communication tools. In fact, even video will become an ubiquitous communication form in 2016, as teams recognise that video conferencing is no longer limited to the executive suite in dedicated meeting rooms. They can now be integrated into robust and cost effective cloud collaboration platforms that can be extended to all employees across the enterprise, using any device. For operations that span the globe, the vital face time employees depend on will occur more readily over video than in person. Businesses will focus more on streamlining travel, cutting costs and reducing CO2 emissions – all at the same time as making ad-hoc communications more connected. Even HR teams are beginning to see the value of video tools to conduct their interviews, implement training initiatives and better engage their remote workers.

By Craig Malloy, CEO, Lifesize