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Trends in Online Collaborations 2012

Web conferencing technology has had a huge impact on online collaboration, and the same can be said vice versa. This article discusses the trends related to online collaborations and enterprise systems in general.

Web conferencing and online collaboration

Web conferencing technology has been delivered using the SaaS model for a decade now, and it has become a key enabler for enterprise collaboration since then. In the past few years, the SaaS model has gained acceptance and in turn helped speed the adoption of multi-party and intercompany collaboration.

The year 2013 is expected to be the year of smart online collaboration devices, where collaboration systems will get full mobile access, enabling web conferencing with anyone and anywhere using a single platform. A number of major players in this industry share this view, and most people are, in fact, underestimating the effect that web-based computing will have on current enterprise collaboration systems.

As Online Web Meeting becomes increasingly mobile, organizations and people in a partner or supply chain ecosystem will be connected completely and gain the ability to collaborate irrespective of their position, even on an airplane with WiFi. This will lead to improved efficiency, increased productivity, better decision making, and accelerated delivery cycles. The changes have already started to happen, and 2013 is the year all of this will become the norm.

The year 2013 will also be the year when companies finally realize that they can lower risk and increase productivity significantly by giving up control of their collaboration systems and getting comfortable with not managing their data in a web conferencing platform. The factors that are supporting this shift include:

·         Security

Enterprises are beginning to understand that the best security and data protection for web conferencing is provided by SaaS applications like the RHUB 6-in-1 web conferencing and remote support appliance. Industry statistics and case studies demonstrate that these systems are very reliable, and often better than an enterprise’s in-house security system.

·         Cost

Online SaaS collaboration systems also deliver great cost benefits, which compels IT departments that face budgetary pressures to let go of traditional and costly internal managing systems.

·         Neutrality

Multi-party collaboration systems such as Net Meeting work best when they are set up on a neutral platform that is the same for all participants. Enterprises looking for the competitive and productivity benefits of multi-party collaboration services should accept this and embrace neutrality.

In conclusion, 2013 will be the year when online collaboration becomes more mature. It will move more enterprises into web conferencing and a greater number of collaboration web solutions will emerge soon.

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