Lately there has been a trend among companies, no matter what size and maturity, toward the use of so-called “virtual” teams. Driven perhaps by rising office and energy costs, maturity of computing and network technologies, talent scarcity, or simply the opportunity to realize increased efficiency, this has resulted in the adoption of flexible work arrangements for some employees including flexible time and working from home – or even from remote locations in different time zones.
Along with this trend has come the need to support this new way of working. A wealth of options exists—from virtual team spaces and online collaborative tools to more advanced communication devices such as smartphones and tablets. Here are a few examples.
For teams working at the same time but from different locations:
- Conferencing applications—
- Shared workspaces and whiteboards
- Instant messaging
- Wireless communication devices
For teams working at different times but in the same place:
- Team rooms
For teams working at different times and from different places:
- Virtual Private Networks
- Message boards
- Blogs and knowledgebase tools
With the right tools, work can happen any time and from any place. Interested? Get in touch with ISN Global Enterprises, Inc. and find out more.
More information can be found online at http://www.isnglobal.com
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