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Forrester recently released its research on the top technology trends for enterprises to watch in the next two years, and not surprisingly, mobile devices and collaboration tools took the top two spots, with 73 percent and 63 percent of respondents expecting a strong impact, respectively.

Collaboration’s value proposition is forceful. It brings to bear a richer and more diverse gene pool of interests, skills and experiences on a common topic. Kevin Gazzara, author of The Leader of OZ: Revealing the 101 Secrets of Marvelous Leadership for the 21st Century, says that collaboration is a win-win for businesses and employees. “Managers should provide the structure of how to achieve management’s targets,” he says. “After 30 years in business, I’ve seen collaboration offer a faster time to market for products and services because you’re leveraging everyone’s knowledge and effort.”

Collaboration application benefits are not hard to identify:

More than 70 percent of workers will become totally mobile over the next two years. This level of mobilization is driving the need for collaboration tools that can be deployed at any time on any device from anywhere.

In the last few years, we have seen the trend of work transcending place and time—this will only continue to be a central tendency. Because of this, collaboration tools that support the “anywhere, anyhow, any device” work environment will become indispensable.

Letting work happen organically, emerging when capabilities are at their peak, is going to grow in importance. The possibility of working in harmony with others in the same “frenetic flow” can only be described as symphonic. This is the opportunity that collaboration brings—virtual or real-time. Virtual collaboration suites are just beginning to come alive within organizations.

Some of the tools being leveraged for collaboration are:

Back to Forrester’s research, mobile and collaboration took the top rankings. Business intelligence, virtualization and security related to wireless and mobile devices were contenders for the next three spots. These are strong indicators of the development toward Enterprise 2.0—organizations empowered via better technology. Enterprise 2.0 organizations show the dramatic impact possible from combining social computing, mobile technologies, collaboration platforms and cloud-based capabilities for rapid deployment of innovative new ideas. iBi