Companies of the future will only survive, let alone thrive, if they become collaborative ecosystems. As companies begin to better understand the importance of collaboration, and as collaboration technologies better replicate and enhance the experience of collaborating in person, we believe the rigid hierarchies which restrict information and ideas flow will break down. The resulting organisations will be much more organic, flexible and quicker to react – driven by seamless collaboration and the unhindered flow of ideas. They will become truly intelligent organisations, built on smart workers and unified technology.
Collaboration can be defined as the process whereby people work together. Traditionally this also meant being together, locating in the same place at the same time. Now, with new technology, connectivity and the ‘death of distance’, collaboration is being redefined as more and more people experience the potential to work together, share ideas and develop collective solutions.