New Report: Ten Innovations That Should Drive Collaboration Technology

This report outlines ten areas of technology innovation led by a variety of vendors. None of the areas mentioned here have become fully realized, nor do any of them currently dominate the requirements of organizations seeking to acquire or shift their collaboration platforms.

Flickr/Scott Maxwell

Flickr/Scott Maxwell

That said, each of these areas suggests future directions that could fundamentally enhance the collaboration experience through simplification, interoperability, completeness of function, or by leveraging emergent technology to provide vastly new capabilities unimaginable just a few years ago.

The intention of this report is to make collaboration buyers aware of emergent capabilities so they can expand the evaluation criteria used in the selection of tools. Perhaps more importantly, this report intendeds to drive industry dialog around the convergence of collaboration as an idea that can begin to create a shared set of operating rules. Had relational databases not converged on a single generally agreed to set of rules, the explosion of Big Data might never have occurred, or if it did, it would be driven by flat files and extracts. As the connections between people become the currency of 21st Century work, it is important that the vendor community seek ways to rationalize communications and collaboration so that what is said, what is shared and what is discovered, drive the conversation, not how things are stored, retrieved or annotated.

Ten Innovations That Should Drive Collaboration Technology

The report explores the following innovations:

  1. Shared Annotation
  2. Deconstruction and platforms
  3. Collaboration and analytics
  4. Open source
  5. Collaboration in everything
  6. Visual representation of collaboration
  7. Gamification
  8. Bring Your Own Interface (BYOI)
  9. Contextualization
  10. Universal Post

Download the entire report here