How to Achieve Creative Collaboration Working Remotely

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Collaborating with co-workers is one of the most essential on-the-job functions — regardless of location. Microsoft Lync is an enterprise-ready, integrated VoIP instant messaging application that coordinates the inevitable variation of work schedules. Benefits of the application include the ability to group chat, the option of screen and/or control sharing within a chat window, and Skype connectivity. Lync accounts can also be synched with Exchange for a multitude of uses, including automatic status updates (Presence) based on calendar appointments, conversation archive and instant access to a user’s contact information via an Exchange Active Directory Contact Card. Another popular instant messaging application is Cisco Jabber, a free add-on for any company operating a Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CallManager) — more on that to come.

Yahoo! made headlines early in FY13 as a result of CEO Marissa Mayer’s decision to eliminate the employee “work from home” option. Mayer’s decision brought to light the ever-changing narrative of the IT industry, as a worldwide debate ensued on work-life balance.

Regardless of where an individual or corporation falls on the “work from home” spectrum, one thing is certain: The BYOD generation has enabled out-of-office employees to access many of the same privileges cube-dwelling employees enjoy. Erin Everett, South-central region marketing specialist for Alexander Open Systems (AOS), a leading consultative technology partner, has identified several tips and technologies to ensure that workers of the future can continue to meet the growing demand for innovation.

 

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