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Communication is essential to both relationships and to business success. A Harvard Business Review study found that employees in the modern workplace now spend around 80 percent of their time on activities that require collaboration with other workers. In today’s business world, digital communication is key to maximising these interactions.

The modern workplace is well on its way to a total digital transformation. However, all too many businesses suffer from disparate, disjointed in-house applications. Your company relies heavily upon key systems and applications for productivity and communication. Is your current network of tools as efficient, effective and reliable as it could be?

Communication platforms and software can be indispensable in facilitating better collaboration and connection in-house as well as with clients and partners. Your portal, intranet, learning management and website can also benefit from these solutions.

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Here are a list of collaboration and communication tools that can be used to connect and integrate your most essential business components.

1. Dropbox
Dropbox is one of the most efficient and user-friendly cloud sharing solutions. Teams can use Dropbox to better manage shared files, reducing the need for email and improving the collaboration between employees.  Integrate with your intranet solution so team members can easily insert their content into a team workspace with just one click. Content can then be uploaded into Dropbox and visually displayed. A content search function is also included.

2. Google Drive
Google Drive is another popular web based sharing tool. With a Google Drive connector, users can readily access folders and files to boost productivity and facilitate collaboration with your intranet solution.

3. Sharepoint
SharePoint is a web-based collaborative platform for your employees. Connect this with your intranet to map SharePoint content to folders to allow for manual or automatic synchronisation. You can also centrally publish documents and SharePoint pages as well as images to your intranet.

4. Skype for Business
Skype offers messaging, voice and video calls between people or groups of people. This is a cost effective communication platform to communicate with individuals located in a different country.

5. Box
Easily share documents, folders and files from your Box account through an intranet. This allows for collaborating on your documents from just one viewpoint.

6. Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office is a productivity software for organisations and individuals. Connect it with your content management platform to easily browse, edit and save stored documents directly from Microsoft Office. 

7. Slack
Slack is a group messaging communication software with real-time messaging, archiving and search for teams. You can also create private spaces with fewer team members for more confidential information.

8. Hubspot
Hubspot is an inbound marketing and sales platform that helps companies attract visitors and convert them into customers. It offers email marketing and lead nurturing, as well as social media management functionality. Hubspot forms can be used on your website, to automatically pull contact details directly into your Hubspot platform.

9. Campaign Monitor
Campaign Monitor allows you to manage email subscribers and track results using different lists. Connect with your website so that information for people who opt in is automatically pushed to this your Box platform for seamless inclusion.

10. YouTube
Video is a must to succeed with marketing and promotion in today’s marketplace. A YouTube connector will allow you to easily pull YouTube videos into your website, including metadata and information such as title, video duration and keywords. You can use and manage external content as well without having to host it yourself.

11. Salesforce
Salesforce web-to-lead forms can be easily created right from your website with this handy tool. You can push leads from the website to your sales team for fast follow up.

13. OneDrive
Get to your files and photos from anywhere, on any device. Share and work together with anyone in your work and life. The OneDrive Connector allows you to easily access files and documents stored in OneDrive within your intranet or portal solution. Open, comment on, adjust and save documents within the browser using Office 365 integration. This tool facilitates much more effective collaboration.

14. Asana
Asana is a project management platform. Organise your tasks into shared lists or boards for your initiatives, meetings and programs.

15. HipChat
Team chat that's actually built for business Persistent, searchable, and loaded with goodies: group chat, video chat, screen sharing, and the security your IT team craves.

Bringing these tools together

In today’s business climate, collaboration, communication and connectivity are essential to success. Digital communication is key to maximising these interactions. Your business relies heavily on certain systems, tools and applications for effective communication and productivity; however, if these components aren’t communicating with one another, there will be inevitable gaps and obstacles to effective collaboration.

Collaboration and communication software and platforms can close these gaps. Your portal, intranet, learning management needs and website are just a few examples of areas that can benefit from these solutions.

It might be time to ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you making the most of popular social media platforms?
  • Do you need to increase workflow and productivity?
  • Are you managing the onboarding of new hires well and keeping current staff in the loop?
  • Is your business fully optimising its communication and internal connectivity?
  • Is your website central to your online presence? Are the creation and automatic updating capabilities user-friendly?

For more information on managing communication and collaboration within your organisation, read our free Collaboration in the Digital Workplace guide.

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