Cloud Collaboration – The Necessity Of Teaming Up
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”
- Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player ever.
For the vast majority of Americans, Michael Jordan needs no introduction. For the very few who haven’t heard of him (is that even possible?), he is the epitome of individual brilliance who has shined brighter on the basketball court than any man before or since. But even for such a paragon of perfection, teamwork was a necessity for success. I’m sure that Jordan’s impressive statistics would be far less impressive if he didn’t have his team backing him up. Even for an individual sport like tennis, the likes of Venus Williams would attest how much they owe their support staff.
The corporate world is more a basketball game than a tennis match, comprising people with different skill sets who complement each other and collaborate to achieve the desired results. And three things have made collaboration even more important than ever before – the specialization of human knowledge, the globalization of business and the mobility of the individual. Allow me to explain.
Every day we add to the bank of human knowledge at an exponential rate. Just to put things in perspective, experts estimate there has been more data generated in the last two years than in all the years of human existence before that. And while not all of that data is useful information, a large part of it is, and needs specialized knowledge to effectively utilize.
Think about the computer industry. 50 years ago, mainframes, FORTRAN and COBOL would be enough to describe the industry. Today, in order to run IT for an organization, you would need the services of a cloud architect, network engineer, Java programmer, Oracle administrator, so on and so forth. And they will have to collaborate to deliver the optimum solution. Same is the case with healthcare. Three decades ago, a GP (General Physician) might have been enough for most of your medical needs; today, the GP may refer you to a Neurologist, Nephrologist, Endocrinologist, etc. And they would have to collaborate to heal you.
The point I’m making is that increase of knowledge has made it necessary for specialists to emerge – humans are limited in how much they can individually learn and work, making collaboration a necessity in every field of human endeavour, including business.
On the second point of globalization, the need for collaboration is easier to understand. If a project requires input from people with first-hand knowledge of local conditions, it necessitates collaboration between them across geographical boundaries.
Finally, let’s look at how enhanced mobility is fuelling collaboration. There’s no denying that mobile technologies are getting more powerful and less expensive. According to this report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, this trend is not going to change anytime soon. Therefore, access to business information is becoming easier and cheaper. And with cloud technologies, this effect is multiplied manifold. People are using the cloud to collaborate like never before. In fact, more can be done on a smartphone today than on a desktop computer 10 years ago.
From emailing a client presentation to monitoring patient health remotely, mobility and collaboration is everywhere. Citrix, one of the early leaders in this space with its VDI solutions, has embarked upon a mobility initiative that seeks to bring together the best minds across industries and technologies to find the best solutions for the future. If you’re looking to be at the forefront of this mobility revolution, Mobile Enterprise 360 should be your go-to expert source.
By Sourya Biswas
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