More than 65 per cent of Australian businesses face challenges in effectively using collaboration tools in the workplace, according to a recent survey conducted by software vendor, Mindjet.
The survey was conducted from a base of almost 1800 employees within Australian businesses, ranging from SMBs to large enterprises across banking, government, mining and resources, IT, manufacturing, retail and education sectors.
However, the adoption of collaboration tools is on the rise with one in two respondents planning to introduce more tools into their workplace by mid-2013.
Businesses are becoming ever more aware of the need to become increasingly connected, with 95.8 per cent of respondents stating their job requires them to regularly collaborate with others.
Saving time and money were key factors in determining the importance of collaboration tools in the workplace and the data from the study indicated that improved productivity, delivering projects on time and on budget were ranked as the most important by respondents within the organisations polled.
It also showed that collaboration and better information management saved more than two hours per day per year for more than 27 per cent of participants -- adding up to between 60 and 240 days per year, per person -- or $52,113.60 -- in saved productivity.
Respondents saved from $5000 to over $30,000 on projects through improved collaboration across a 12-month period. "With the majority of respondents finding that it's of critical importance to collaborate with others in their workplaces, we're seeing that businesses are increasingly looking for innovative, yet efficient ways to work together regardless of their geographical location," Mindjet Asia-Pacific and Japan senior director, Cameron Ackbury, said.
Other findings from the study include:
- Almost 40 per cent of respondents indicated that they collaborate with external teams on every project
- More than 56 per cent of respondents identified that collaboration tools are of critical importance for their businesses.
- The top reason for using collaboration tools was to develop better products and services, followed by fostering better relationships with suppliers, and bringing products and services to market faster.
- Ease of access to tools, low starting costs and ease of deployment were nominated as key considerations when selecting and using collaboration technologies.