Four Reasons SaaS Collaboration Will Dominate in 2017
As we move into 2017, it’s time to take a look at how your technology investments can benefit your business as market conditions continue to change. To more easily meet critical deadlines and achieve key business goals, consider investing in collaboration software.
Collaboration software not only improves communication by keeping everyone connected, it also improves productivity by creating a more efficient workflow. Given its ability to deliver powerful results across your entire business ecosystem, collaboration software can position your organization for greater growth, revenue and net profits in the year ahead.
Another consideration is whether to use software as a service (SaaS) or an on-premises model. According to IDC, SaaS is outperforming on-premises software delivery, growing nearly five times faster than the traditional software markets. While the right decision for your company ultimately depends on your specific needs and available IT resources, here are four reasons SaaS collaboration software may be a smarter way to go:
- Innovate faster: Compared to the on-premises option, SaaS collaboration software can deliver new business capabilities in a faster, cheaper and more reliable way across your entire employee base and business ecosystem, including partners and customers. In fact, like many companies, you may find the biggest advantage of SaaS is the speed of cloud innovation.
- Reduce capital and operating costs: Consistent monthly SaaS subscription prices can lower your capital expenditure budgets and eliminate the expertise required to manage physical servers, databases, networking and storage infrastructures. You’ll also find integrated collaboration tools are easier to use and adopt into daily work patterns and require less training and IT support staff than silo solutions.
- Improve online security: Data privacy and security are critical factors when collaborating outside your firewalls. Large cloud vendors can provide scalable business collaboration platforms as well as the security resources and expert focus that smaller or resource-constrained IT shops can’t offer. The key to success is finding a cloud vendor you can trust that provides the right combination of collaboration platform and security services to meet your needs.
- Enter the era of cognitive collaboration: Cognitive software uses data mining, pattern recognition and natural language processing to mimic the way the human brain works. Collaboration tools infused with cognitive computing can positively affect your day-to-day business operations. This includes checking the tone of emails and suggesting words that are more positive to ensuring your calendar is not double-booked or that critical meeting attendees have accepted an invite.
As you review your technology investments for the new year, take a look at IBM Connections, an integrated collaboration solution that learns as you work. By combining insightful analytics and cognitive computing-based personal assistance, this solution enables you and your colleagues to collaborate with fewer distractions and get more work done.
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