Maximize Your Technology Budget: Use it or lose it!

A group of five professionals working collaboratively in a meeting room, using annotations to markup their documents on a SMART Interactive Display.

As the fiscal year-end races closer for some, the pressure to make the right tech purchasing decisions intensifies. At SMART, we understand the urgency and the importance of optimizing your unallocated budget, especially when it comes to collaborative office technology. The clock is ticking, and there's no time to waste.

In a tech landscape flooded with innovative hardware and software options promising to simplify your daily operations, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. How do you choose the tools that will genuinely benefit your team, boost productivity, and ensure seamless collaboration? The answer lies in making informed choices.

Our unwavering commitment is to transform your workplace into a hub of productivity, collaboration, and compatibility. We've done the research, scoured the market, and crafted recommendations that are tailored to help you extract the maximum value from your technology budget.

So, are you ready to take your company's productivity, efficiency, and teamwork to the next level? Explore these three game-changing tech solutions that your company should consider investing in. It's time to unlock the full potential of your budget and set your team on the path to success:

1. Enable collaboration

Collaboration is indispensable for all companies, particularly those with dispersed or partially remote teams. With the aid of collaborative tools, team members can communicate more effectively, share documents effortlessly, and pool their unique ideas in a centralized location. But how do you know when you’re adding a great tool to your workplace that encourages collaboration rather than another tool?

When evaluating collaboration software, businesses should prioritize the following features that foster seamless communication:

  • Instant messaging and video conferencing
  • Robust file-sharing and project management tools
  • Scalability, integration capabilities with existing software, and data security
  • User-friendly interfaces and mobile accessibility
  • Analytics and reporting features
  • Customization options
  • Aligns with your company's objectives

At SMART, we firmly believe that collaboration can propel us to success. That's why we utilize a diverse array of platforms to facilitate collaboration. Among these, Microsoft Teams stands out, a communication software that goes far beyond just communication. It's especially beneficial for hybrid or remote teams as it brings them together in a virtual room, enabling them to collaborate, communicate, share, and connect seamlessly in one central tool.

Already a Microsoft Teams user? Combine the engagement potential of SMART interactive displays with the organizational prowess of Microsoft Teams. Offer access to digital whiteboard tools and wireless sharing for everyone in the room and those connecting remotely.

SMART Interactive Displays inherently nurture collaboration. Users can annotate over any application or file, whether you're modifying complex CAD models, manipulating medical images like x-rays, MRIs, and CT scans, or conducting a SWOT analysis. SMART Displays empower you to interact with your files in a meaningful and impactful way.

For groups that can't always gather in one room, SMART TeamWorks meeting software offers an excellent solution. It comes equipped with video conferencing, screen and file sharing, cloud storage access, and workspace collaboration, making it possible for your team to collaborate effectively, regardless of their location.

2. Embrace cloud storage for enhanced organization

Another vital component of technology for companies is cloud storage. It allows employees to access their files from any location, simplifying communication for remote workers and ensuring that essential files remain secure and accessible, even in the event of hardware failures or other issues. Offering your teams increased flexibility, scalability, and accessibility will only enable work where it needs to happen, when it needs to happen.

A popular choice for cloud storage is Dropbox. Dropbox users can securely store and share files online, and it also provides collaboration tools, such as the ability to share folders and collaborate in real-time on documents.

At SMART, we use Dropbox to host and share marketing materials and media internally, enabling our employees to find, access, and edit the necessary files when they need them most.

3. Make meetings dynamic and engaging

In today's fast-paced business landscape, the rise of meeting fatigue has become an all too familiar challenge for professionals worldwide. As our calendars brim with appointments, it's essential for businesses to take proactive steps in ensuring that every meeting counts.

To breathe new life into your team's interactions, interactive displays are a worthwhile investment. Whether you aim to enhance engagement in meetings, make training more immersive, or foster collaboration, interactive displays are the ultimate tool for any meeting, in-person and remote.

SMART Boards for business are remarkably user-friendly and empower all employees to engage with them effortlessly. These devices elevate digital collaboration, enhance modern conferencing, facilitate remote work, and improve productivity and training outcomes—all at the touch of a finger. SMART Business solutions provide simpler interactive workspaces for better collaboration.

Improved collaboration amongst teams ultimately leads to enhanced productivity and a stronger company culture. Colleagues gathered around an interactive display can unleash their creativity in new and unrestrained ways. With just a few swipes and taps, they can effortlessly transform abstract ideas into captivating visuals. Collaboration flows seamlessly as everyone adds their insights and feedback directly onto the digital canvas, without impeding others' work.

The time to act is now! Make the most of your technology budget and invest in technology that supports your work and employees before the fiscal year concludes. Innovative technology in the workplace can enhance cooperation, efficiency, and productivity, but only when it's chosen and implemented with a clear purpose.

Rest assured, we're here to support you at every step, from demonstrations to training and ongoing assistance! Reach out to a SMART Representative to discover how SMART interactive displays can transform your workplace.