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Common Platform Essential For Remote Workforce

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Mobile technology has empowered professionals in incredible ways. The amount of work that people can now accomplish from remote locations is growing. Mobility has lead to a serious growth in telecommuting. Now that offices are no longer the only places for professional productivity, enterprise decision-makers are often placing less emphasis on workers coming in every day. This shift is a direct result of the IT consumerization that has put powerful devices and services into the hands of countless employees across innumerable organizations.

But, according to Forbes contributor George Bradt, this can cause problems if the culture behind new technology does not update exponentially. The adoption of new channels in the present day is not so much about changing the means through which people communicate, but rather fundamentally altering the ways in which they connect and collaborate.

"The good news about the technology revolution is that people can work wherever and whenever they want," Bradt wrote. "The bad news is that that has led to the dispersion of teams across geographies and time zones. Dispersion inevitably leads to communication and emotional disconnects."

The remote workforce is a modern reality. In order to best enable today's professionals, organizations should have an approved unified communication solution in place. This will allow colleagues to connect with one another and customers in natural ways without the need for physical proximity.

Growing UC Market Signifies Increased Popularity

Recent studies have shown that the unified communication industry is booming. This should come as no surprise, considering how many businesses are investing in new telecom assets to empower their workers, according to TMCnet contributor Maurice Nagle. Research and Markets expects the global UC market to be valued at almost $76 billion by 2020. It is likely that this figure will only increase as time moves even further forward.

One of the keys to success is not just allowing UC tools in the workplace, but establishing and providing ones on which all staffers are able to work. Common platforms are important because they put everyone on the same page. A mismatch of consumer-grade solutions is not going to do right by anyone - especially if teams are dispersed across several locations. Organizations ought to have a great deal of interoperable channels in place that can effectively replicate in-person collaboration without sacrificing the convenience that professionals have come to enjoy from their mobile technology.