As an industry analyst focused on all aspects of collaboration for the last 25 years David Coleman has a unique perspective on trends and directions this market is going. He has written four books in the past about collaboration, as well as innumerable articles (trade publications), blogs and webinars/speaking engagements. He is currently working on a new book on Collaboration 3.0: Coordinating Critical Aspects of the Future of Work.

David has consulted with many companies of all sizes to help develop collaborative strategies to help them get the most out of their tool investments, and have found that there are 4 factors involved in collaboration success (People, Process, Technology, Space). More often than not, it is issues around people and behavior that are limiting the productivity of collaboration.

He has also developed a variety of metrics around collaboration, since it is very hard to determine the actual value you get from it, since most of the value is both indirect and intangible.

He has worked on simulations or templates to help team members learn better collaborative behaviors, and have seen productivity increase by 25 percent.

He also does a lot of primary and secondary research around collaboration, and currently track about 2000 collaborative solutions (about 900 are in the directories on my website at www.collaboratingbetter.com).

He has written my own blog, blogs for other collaboration vendors, and was a research analyst at GigaOM for 4 years. He has worked with many collaboration vendors to develop strategies and product road maps that take into account the rapidly shifting nature of our environment today.

Finally, he looks at how emerging technologies like: AI/machine learning, AR/VR, mobile collaboration, nanotechnologies, additive manufacturing, autonomous cars, and the changing (physical) work environment, the gig economy, generational challenges, etc. In how they affect the way we will be working in the future.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of David Coleman and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Articles by David.Coleman

Getting to the collaborative mindset
Collaboration and The Future of Work

Getting to the collaborative mindset

While technology does get the most attention as the most critical for collaboration in an organization, it is actually the least critical factor for success. What is most critical is getting to a 'collaborative mindset.'
September 29, 2017
How to pick collaboration tools
Collaboration and The Future of Work

How to pick collaboration tools

This problem has plagued the enterprise for the last decade. With more than 2,000 collaboration solutions in the market today, most everyone is overwhelmed with choices. But one size does not fit all, and picking the RIGHT collaboration tool can be more complex than expected.
August 24, 2017