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Alex Hern on How to Maximize the Benefits of Collaborative Technologies

Evolution and innovation has always been a driving force behind the way a workplace and its team members function together. Renown entrepreneur based in San Diego, Alex Hernasserts that modern collaborative technologies should do more than help employees simply talk about their projects; they should create better ways for them to perform their tasks more efficiently — regardless of location. These new tools can enable teams to reduce inefficiencies, while also providing new methods of working together that were recently unheard of. The Tsunami XRCEO points out that simply making collaboration technologies available to employees is not enough. Companies must engage in practices that make the most of these tools, regardless of the platform or environment.

The first step towards harnessing the advantages collaborative technologies offer is determining which types are needed the most for one’s business or related projects. This can be done by assessing where the biggest deficiencies are in terms of workflow and communication, and then researching platforms and apps specifically designed to address these issues. After doing so, these technologies should then be fully integrated within all corresponding business processes, with initial constructive feedback strongly encouraged during the transition period. 

Collaborative technologies are not intended solely for fixing deficiencies, however. Each member of a team will have unique skills and abilities that can be enhanced with collaboration through these various applications and platforms. Alex Hernencourages experimentation to find what works best for your team, which will ultimately ensure that each member is empowered with the right tools and resources to work at optimal efficiency.

Emerging workflow and task management technologies are often utilized to enable employees to complete their projects remotely — something that is no longer an outlying trend. According to the New York Times, 42% of the U.S. workforce spent at least some time performing tasks away from the office or company campus in 2016, with that number expected to climb through 2027. As the world’s labor pool makes the shift from in-office to remote, maintaining productivity can become a prime concern. Although the job setting may be different, accountability should remain the same. This means setting feasible metrics and goals alongside and within collaborative technologies to ensures that the tasks remain on track, without the need for managers and supervisors having to micromanage the process. Upholding accountability allows senior team members to focus on other areas, which in turn boosts productivity.

Alex Hern is a San Diego-based entrepreneur and CEO of Tsunami XR, a developer of advanced digital collaboration services that leverages virtual reality technology for effective workplace solutions. He specializes in early stage development of tech and lifestyle companies, with a focus in facilitating the incubation period. Prior to his time with Tsunami XR, Hern co-founded and served as a Director of Inktomi Goldman Sachs-led IPO, the search technology for MSN, Yahoo and AOL, along with cyber-security company Arcsight, which later went public and was sold to Hewlett-Packard. He also founded and served on the Boards of, Triton Network Systems, and Zero Knowledge Systems — a security and encryption company now known as Radial Point.

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