What does collaboration mean?

Collaboration is a working practice where colleagues work together towards
a common purpose to achieve the best results in business.

Collaboration helps people to work together to accomplish a common
business purpose. There are two main forms:

  • Synchronous – This is where everyone interacts in real time like online
    meetings, through instant messaging, or via Skype etc.
  • Asynchronous – This is where the interaction can be time-shifted, for
    example uploading documents or observations to shared workspaces,
    through emails, sync documents, portals etc.

Shared workspaces are among the most popular choice for the collaboration
space using versioning and other auditing capabilities.

Collaboration relies on knowledge sharing, people being free to give their
thoughts, ideas, and opinions in their work place to better for the business
or task. There should be an established person in charge of addressing the
creation and closing of team workspaces with assignment of responsibility
for getting the results of the collaborative effort.

Collaboration in businesses can be found in any size of organisation,
ranging from the ease of a partnership and crowd funding to the intricacy
of a multinational corporation.

Collaboration between team members allows for better communication
within the organisation and throughout the supply chains. It is a way of
coordinating different ideas from numerous people to generate a wide
variety of knowledge. Collaboration works well with a selected few
firms as opposed to collaboration with a large number of different firms
and has been shown to positively impact performance and innovation.

Types of Collaboration:

Cloud Collaboration allows employees to work together on
documents and other data types that are stored off-sites and outside of
the company firewall. Employees use a cloud-based platform to share,
edit and work together on projects. Cloud collaboration enables two or
more people to work on a project at once using the cloud.

Asynchronous Collaboration is by communicating and working
together however not at the same time, for example a team could be
working on a project, and however one person may work at a different
time to another person. Synchronous Collaboration, is the
opposite and is known as real-time collaboration, involves
collaborative partners working together simultaneously and in
communication as they work.

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Enterprise Mobility is where co-workers collaborate from various
locations and communicate through devices like notebooks, tablets
and smartphones. This is quickly becoming something that both
employers and employees take for granted. People work from home,
while traveling and from other sites inside and outside of business
hours, and they expect to be able to collaborate with co-workers from
whatever device they are using. Mobile collaboration requires
device-agnostic platforms and applications to support them.

Contextual Collaboration involves planting business applications,
such as word processors, enterprise instant messaging (EIM), shared
calendars and other software into a combined user interface that uses
company technology. This approach allows people to communicate
and instantly share any resources they have from within any of the
applications.

Collaborative CRM is an approach to customer relationship
management (CRM) in which the various departments (i.e. sales,
technical support, and marketing,) share any information they collect
from interactions with customers. The goal is to improve the customer
experience and adopt loyalty.

Collaborative BI (Business Intelligence) integrates BI software with
collaboration tools, including social and Web 2.0 technologies, to
support improved data-driven decision making.

The ability to collaborate and communicate is increasingly becoming
essential to business applications. Collaboration includes the use of a
collaboration platform, social networking tools, a corporate intranet
and the public Internet.

The recent improvement in technology has provided the world with
high speed internet, wireless connection, and web-based collaboration
tools like blogs, and wikis, and has as such created a mass collaboration.
People from all over the world are efficiently able to communicate and
share ideas through the internet, or even conferences, without any
environmental barriers. The power of social networks is beginning to fill
the business culture where many collaborative uses are being found
including file sharing and knowledge transfer.