It used to be that when your team had a meeting to discuss a big presentation, true remote collaboration was a challenge. If everyone was in a different location, you could email the presentation and follow along individually.
Or you could do a video call, and the presenter would display it and hope everyone else could see it clearly. That meant each participant would have to take their own notes so they could take action later. The problem is that everyone understands what’s being agreed on a little differently. Or you end up misunderstanding, forgetting, or overlooking something. Conflicts and confusion result in more meetings, work, waste, and frustration.
A better way for remote teams to collaborate is with solutions expressly designed to facilitate content sharing and annotation. With these solutions, you can easily share tabs, desktops, apps, documents, photos, videos, web pages, cloud content, and more. You can also annotate on interactive displays with custom tools and save them to the cloud. The bottom line is you are able to get work done while you meet
Remote collaboration technologies are used for:
- Ad hoc and planned meetings
- Collaboration and brainstorming sessions
- Virtual meetings
To decide which solutions will work best for your company, start by evaluating your meeting habits, styles, and preferences. Then you can compare your needs with the specific technologies that enable local and remote collaboration.
To help with your self-assessment, here’s a guide that breaks down the features and capabilities of top solutions. It also lets you compare those with your priorities. “Technology Guide: How to Select the Right Technology for Remote and Local Collaboration” includes an assessment form and information about how collaboration solutions can improve productivity and engagement in the workplace.