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Technology is enabling trust between strangers

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Business networks are expanding and becoming increasingly cross- functional.
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This is a statement made by Rachael Borsman a noted author and researcher of social trends and developments using the internet.

“Generation Y” that greatly maligned body of people for all manner of negative characteristics, have grown up sharing files via the internet with people around the world freely and sometimes spontaneously. They have helped make Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and many other social applications the go-to applications for social media sharing.

This only tells part of the picture. Unlike earlier generations, Gen Y show little fear in sharing information and in the main it’s a collective resounding success. Since more than two thirds of employees say their jobs require more collaboration than they did three years ago, we can and should learn from them.

Earlier generations have shown to be more guarded when sharing. Taking a number of steps and considerable time to reach a point of trust with outside parties before any real sharing takes place.

The speed of technology puts the onus on existing organisations to grasp the capabilities of others or be left behind in someone else’s wake.

So what’s holding us back?

Is it fear that our systems, processes, thoughts, insights might be undermined or undervalued?

Is it an inability to be open and freely exchange information with new contacts?


Does “old thinking” pervade the organisation no matter what? What do you think?

87% of data is shared digitally, with 88% being sent unsecured.
Collaboration is still key
56% of a project budget that is at risk, is at risk due to ineffective communications.


Author: smartsoftware

Smartsoftware is an international provider of software solutions for the architectural, engineering, construction and professional services industries. Providing everything from project management, financial management, document control and resource planning to time collection and business development, our integrative products offer a total business solution – designed to streamline workforce processes, improve business performance, and maximise resource potential and increase productivity. Follow us on Twitter @smartsoftware_1

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