How Poor Collaboration Threatens Security, Profits, Productivity

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-12-19

In today's increasingly mobile and distributed business environment, employees have the power and technology to collaborate and share information instantly from one end of the globe to the other.  But the collaboration process is far from flawless. Ensuring effective employee collaboration across multiple work sites is a problem most companies deal with every day. The issues are compounded when working with multiple branches across the state, nation or globe, and when employees rely on multiple devices and networks in a single work day—which is a typical behavior, as more than 40 percent all employees use personally owned devices for work, according to a recent Gartner survey. When employees can't easily collaborate and share files, frustration sets in instantly. Yet the impact extends much further than that—poor collaboration cripples productivity, slows down network performance and, in many cases, puts sensitive information at risk. Businesses can make the process more efficient. Here's a look at the biggest points of failure when companies try to collaborate and suggestions on how to overcome them, as detailed to eWEEK by James Bindseil, CEO of managed file transfer company Globalscape.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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