The Fourth of July is right around the corner for those of us here in the U.S. Besides hot dogs, hamburgers and fireworks, I got to thinking about how important independence is, especially in the workplace. Independence can fuel innovation. It helps to identify the next company hero by allowing people to come up with new and different ways to solve problems.
Step inside Esna’s time machine and observe the unique evolution of communications over the last 15 years. Explore in this infographic the massive proliferation of Internet users since the start of the new millennium; the unprecedented growth of tried and true enterprise communication methods; and the undeniable emergence of new collaboration services and how they are ushering in the next generation of communication-enabled business applications.
Google Apps is quickly gaining market share in the enterprise realm. According to research from Gartner, the collaboration platform grew from owning just 10 percent of office market share in 2007 to about 50 percent in 2012—and that number is continually increasing.
Every employer should be striving to keep his or her employees happy in order to maintain a positive company culture, increase retention and boost long-term profit. According to a recent study conducted by Virgin Pulse, your best means for doing so involves striking a solid work and home life balance—or providing flexible working arrangements—and fostering positive and collaborative relationships between workers and managers.
With employees experiencing higher levels of productivity and satisfaction using mobile devices for work, more companies are embracing the idea of creating or expanding their mobile and remote work policies. In fact, a recent study revealed that the majority of employees, especially those working in government, feel they cannot perform their jobs effectively without their mobile devices.
So, while it’s clear that employees desire the ability to work using mobile devices, each company must determine what kind of devices their employees will be permitted to use. The choice involves whether to issue corporate-owned devices or to enable bring your own device (BYOD) for employees who want to use their personally owned devices for work.
With research showing that as of last year 20 percent of the global workforce—made up of 4.6 billion people—now telecommute, it’s clear that remote working is no longer a trend.
In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the adoption and maturation of Microsoft Office 365. The tool is preferred among many enterprises for its usability and reliability when it comes to internal and external collaboration. But that doesn’t mean Office 365 is the be-all and end-all solution for streamlining and accelerating collaborative efforts.
Embedded real-time UC&C—otherwise known as a UC application—enables organizations worldwide to more seamlessly, productively and cost-efficiently collaborate with employees and customers. Retailers in particular could significantly benefit from embedding real-time communications (like IM, click-to-call, presence and video conferencing) into cloud-based collaboration applications (like Google Apps and Office365), especially as they look to expedite everyday business processes and improve the shopping experience for customers.
Employees who work in manufacturing are no stranger to the need to seamlessly communicate and collaborate; problem-solving, thinking on the fly and creating new ideas are second nature to these individuals. So, the question isn’t if manufacturing companies need better collaboration but how they can ensure this in the workplace.
Today is a big day for the Esna team. After 26 years, we embark on a new phase of our journey. We’re excited to become part of the Avaya family, as announced earlier today.
According to Microsoft’s Q22015 reported earnings released in January, Office 365 helped drive cloud computing revenue towards an incredible 114 percent growth, contributing to annual revenue of $5.5 billion. With an estimated 46 million paid Office 365 subscribers in use today—according to some estimates that number climbs to 80 million when factoring in trial users, etc.—chances are your organization relies on this cloud-based application for optimizing internal and external communications and collaboration.
From traditional communication methods like phone and email to more advanced, cloud-based tools like IM, presence and video conferencing, technology is and always will be at the heart of enterprise communications and collaboration.
Research shows that the average American will own five Internet-connected devices by 2017. Furthermore, according to the most recent research available from the United States Department of Transportation, Americans make over 400 million long-distance business trips every year.
The average employee today can be described as a multitasking master, but what does this mean for the quality of their work? After all, an individual can willingly don multiple hats and balance varying responsibilities but the quality of work may suffer.