Author: Irwin Lazar, VP & Service Director
The nearly ubiquitous whiteboard has proven itself to be a valuable tool for teams working together in a meeting space to take notes, flesh out ideas, and capture tasks for post-meeting completion. But for those meeting participants not physically in the room, the whiteboard is useless since they cannot see it or add content to the discussion.
To overcome these limitations, a number of vendors have introduced collaboration products designed to enable people to see, share, and manipulate content on a large screen or wall, regardless of location. Two broad classes of products exist: Digital whiteboards that are typically large touch screens, and immersive group collaboration platforms that join multiple screens, or project onto, and enable manipulation of, content on walls.
Nearly 24% of organizations are using these systems today, while another 47% are evaluating them for potential future use, but current deployments are limited to pilots or a small number of conference rooms used by teams with demonstrated needs for content sharing and manipulation. They are not yet widely deployed across all content rooms often due to cost, lack of interoperability, requirements for customers to have already deployed a vendor’s team collaboration solution, and lack of demonstrable business case.
IT and business leaders should:
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