IT is in a powerful position to provide mission-critical technologies across the enterprise. When it comes to communication and collaboration, organizations are often dealing with a myriad of complex options in addition to maintaining or deprecating legacy systems.\nIn order to empower modern business collaboration, IT has to move beyond maintaining clunky legacy collaboration tools and instead embracing true, mobile-enabled, cloud-powered collaboration that meets the needs of every member of your modern organization.\nHere are three reasons why it's vital that IT embraces the next generation of collaboration at work:\n1) Enabling Mobile, Flexible Workers\nAccording to GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com, 20-20% of the US workforce is already teleworking in at least some capacity, with an estimated 50% of the workforce currently in roles that are compatible with flexible working. This is a huge chunk of the workforce, and that number is only going to grow as the technology available for remote workers improves and as more businesses turn to perks like flexible working as a way to attract top talent and remain competitive as hirers.\nUltimately, the burden to enable these workers falls to IT, and legacy communication and collaboration tools may not be agile or adaptable enough to truly meet modern flex workers\u2019 needs. Mobile apps and anywhere-accessibility will be key features for any business software moving forward. IT departments have to keep an eye on this new \u201canywhere-work\u201d paradigm in order to properly evaluate, select and deploy tools that will enable productivity for flexible and remote workers.\n2) Getting in front of Shadow IT\nSimilarly, another reason for IT to embrace collaboration solutions is that if they don't, it's likely that workers will find a way to deploy their own tools. Thanks to SaaS, it's easier than ever to try, buy and start using software. Most of them don't even require downloads, and you can be up and running practically instantly.\nBy embracing a collaborative culture, by taking the time to understand the collaboration needs of each department individually and with proper communication and training, IT can ensure that they're providing solutions that meet each department's needs and lessen the likelihood that they will circumvent IT to use something else.\n3) Creating a Collaborative Culture\nFinally, workers actually WANT to work together, more than ever before. They\u2019re moving from a mentality of \u201cme\u201d to \u201cwe.\u201d It's rare to find yourself in a role in today's workplace that doesn't, at some point, require the input of others. Regardless of whether it\u2019s with internal colleagues or external stakeholders such as vendors and agencies, people need to share ideas, work together on files and reach a consensus on decisions, and they increasingly need technology to help them do it.\nThis is also in large part due to the influx of Millennials into the workforce in recent years, 88% of which prefer a collaborative environment to a competitive one, according to a study by The Intelligence Group.\nIT has the opportunity to build those collaboration bridges and ensure that all of its organization's employees can easily and effectively communicate and collaborate. But to truly create a collaborative culture requires forward-thinking and adaptation towards software and processes that foster tomorrow\u2019s collaboration, not yesterday\u2019s.\nFor more trends and analysis on the future of collaboration for IT, download \u201cThe Future of Business Collaboration: 2015 Edition\u201d today.