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Virtual Collaborative Team spaces, a new trend in Conferencing Market

February 17th, 2017

The growth of remote teams makes tools for remote collaboration more and more demanding in the market, at the point that virtual collaborative team spaces have been listed among the ten most important trends of 2016 by Frost and Sullivan.

Not so long ago, virtual conferencing was strongly associated with the idea of one-on-one or multiple conversations and tools were consequently designed with this specific purpose in mind.  An outstanding example of this approach is given by Skype, which is still among the number ones of the apps for remote conversations.

However, the seeds of changes have been sown even in this fast-growing sector. According to the latest research of Frost and Sullivan on conferencing market, collaborative team spaces are among the trends that could lead to deep changes in the future.

What is a collaborative team space? As the name says, it is nothing else then the natural evolution of old web conferences into a new instrument through which teams can collaborate remotely with ease. For this purpose, traditional tools must be strengthened with additional applications that go from file sharing to the possibility of leaving notes or posts for other team members. It is also important to be able to assure users a high level of integration with other communication tools, like programs to manage emails.

Some examples of a collaborative team spaces are R-HUB`s TurboMeeting, InVision and Cisco’s Spark. They all offer a wide range of functionalities that are purposely tailored for remote collaboration, and the possibility of a good integration with applications like Outlook.

A team that should decide to adopt TurboMeeting would have many useful instruments like desktop control and desktop sharing. Another benefit is that, being TurboMeeting a complete suite, it provides clients with a wide set of services that are not always available on products for remote collaboration, like pc remote access and support, audio conferencing, and the possibility to host webinars. In this way, it is possible to cover almost all the conferencing needs of a company, which could be invaluable especially for small businesses.

Naturally, the growth of collaborative team spaces is strictly connected to the growth of remote collaboration. Under this aspect, statistics seem to confirm the trend. According to an online survey ( , 83% of employees spend at least an hour or two working remotely every day. To have an idea of remote collaboration expansion, consider that almost 47% of surveyed workers stated that today they spend much more time working remotely than 2 years ago.

It is also important to remark that remote collaboration is less dependent from globalization than readers could think. Even businesses that work locally could find remote collaboration interesting. The reason are several: for example, it is possible to reduce operating costs, like the ones for offices and meeting rooms, and have a way to integrate the local team with distant experts that give help or contributions on specific problems.

In conclusion, collaborative team spaces are a new and important trend in conferencing market, and the ability to design great solutions for this specific segment will certainly be one of the challenges that web conferencing service producers will have to face next years.

If you are interested in remote collaboration and working, please visit R-HUB web site where you will find many interesting resources and posts on this topic.

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