Collaboration tools have been around for many years now, so why is it that they are only really becoming mainstream now?

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Now more than ever people are required to work with distributed groups of colleagues and clients globally on projects to meet demand for products and services. This has resulted in a greater need to collaborate with colleagues as well as clients and partners outside of the organisation.

Collaboration and social tools have been widely adopted by organisations for several years now and they are at a point where the technology has matured and people have a better understanding of the use cases. The wide adoption of smartphones and tablets has meant that people can work from anywhere and social collaboration tools are key to enabling users to get their work done more easily.

People are more comfortable sharing information and using technology to do so. They understand the benefits of co-working and how enterprise collaboration platforms can help them be more efficient and productive by offering secure file sharing, project and task management as well as social collaboration both internally and externally to help them get their work done.

Having a great user experience is also fundamental to the adoption of enterprise collaboration tools and this is an area that has dramatically improved in recent years, to bring enterprise tools up to the same level as the best consumer tools.

All of this contributes to the wider adoption of collaboration, and social platforms in enterprises and organisations are moving away from multiple disparate enterprise collaboration tools in favour of one collaboration platform.