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Collaboration Tools for SMBs

Useful collaboration tools can alter a business significantly by enabling cooperation that is impossible without them. How exactly these tools fit into your business is a whole other matter.  Today, we’re going to talk about how you can integrate some pretty great collaboration tools without turning your business upside down. Because minimizing your downtime is always crucial with whatever IT solutions you’re implementing, the strategies discussed below are usually painless to implement.

Cloud Productivity

One option a business can take is by adding in a cloud productivity suite. Options like Google’s G Suite and Microsoft’s Office 365 can bring a business a lot of value, without the typically massive capital outlay the yearly software license would command. Besides, you probably already need licenses for a word processor and spreadsheet app anyway. Inside the software there are integrated collaboration options that allow your team to work on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations together in real time.

Communication

Efficient collaboration is not possible without strong communications. Today, there are options out there where an organization doesn’t necessarily need to invest huge sums in replacing their normal communications strategy to get the benefits that innovations made in the solutions can bring. By utilizing instant messaging, web-based conferencing, and cloud-based email companies can improve their top-to-bottom communication without taking on a lot of extra cost.

(It is still important to note that a solid Unified Communications system is crucial. If you have questions about VoIP or are considering a phone system upgrade, click here to head over to our Voice product page.)

Collaboration Apps

New innovations in communication software are now available that provide advanced collaboration options. Apps like Slack and Microsoft Teams have a lot of options to help drive team productivity forward.They are developed like an open forum, but with direct communication options and integrations with third-party applications. Microsoft in particular has been working to add several new features to their Teams software, including video conferencing and the ability to schedule meetings. Other features, like Polly, offer employees the ability to create anonymous polls for the purpose of event planning.

Applications like these are meant to foster communication between employees and boost productivity. You can even use these applications to build channels of communication with clients.

If you are looking for ways to improve your organizational productivity, call the IT experts at SouthTech today at 855-941-TECH or visit our Contact page.