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  • 9 November 2012 15:20

Mindjet finds that effective collaboration is a top challenge for Australian businesses

Survey finds that of employees using collaboration tools, 27 percent achieve significantly increased productivity, equivalent to saving up to 240 days per person, per year

Sydney, Australia, 9 November 2012 – More than 65 percent of Australian businesses face challenges in effectively using collaboration tools in the workplace according to a recent survey conducted by workplace collaboration software provider Mindjet. The adoption of collaboration tools is on the rise with one in two respondents planning to introduce more tools into their workplace by mid-2013. Businesses are becoming ever more aware of the need to become increasingly connected with 95.8 percent of respondents stating their job requires them to regularly collaborate with others.

The survey found that saving time and money were key factors in determining the importance of collaboration tools in the workplace. The data indicated that improved productivity, delivering projects on time and on budget are ranked as the most important by respondents within the organisations polled. Additionally, collaboration and better information management saved over two hours per day per year for more than 27 percent of participants. In these organisations this adds up to between 60 and 240 days per year, per person – or $52,113.60 – in saved productivity[1]. Many respondents also calculated that they had saved from $5000 to over $30,000 on projects through improved collaboration across a 12-month period, a significant saving to the business bottom line.

The data also indicated that deploying these tools to effectively collaborate and manage information delivers measurable business benefits. Over 56 percent of respondents identified that collaboration tools are of critical importance for their businesses. The number one reason for using collaboration tools was to develop better products and services, followed by fostering better relationships with suppliers, and bringing products and services to market faster. Ease of access to tools, low starting costs and ease of deployment were nominated as key considerations when selecting and using collaboration technologies.

According to Cameron Ackbury, Mindjet Senior Director, APAC and Japan, the results indicate that businesses are increasingly searching for more effective ways for employees to collaborate in their offices, across borders and time zones on projects.

“With the majority of respondents finding that it’s of critical importance to collaborate with others in their workplaces, we’re seeing that businesses are increasingly looking for innovative, yet efficient ways to work together regardless of their geographical location, whether they’re a start up working with their developer on a new website, or a mining company managing projects across the globe.” said Ackbury.

Workplace collaboration solutions provider Mindjet’s survey was conducted from a base of almost 1800 employees within Australian businesses, ranging from SMBs to large enterprises across banking, government, mining and resources, IT, manufacturing, retail and education sectors, to evaluate how Australian collaborate in the workplace. The survey contained a mix of responses from both SMEs and larger enterprises, with 25 percent of the people surveyed working in an organisation of up to ten employees, with an additional 46.3 percent working in an organisation with 200 or more employees. The targeted survey attracted strong industry feedback, with 63 percent of respondents identifying as a decision maker or influencer for product purchases within their organisation.

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About Mindjet Mindjet helps people generate better ideas and work smarter through software that aids brainstorming, the organisation of plans and the management of projects − anytime, anywhere. Our interactive environment uses a visual framework to keep teams on point, on task, on time. Not surprisingly, 83 of the global Fortune 100 companies use Mindjet to get work done. Find out why. [1] Salary calculation based on productivity saving of 240 days per year, Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, May 2012, Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Media Contact:

Anthia Crosby
Espresso Communications
+61 2 8016 2200
anthia@espressocomms.com.au

Amanda Conroy
Espresso Communications
+61 422 472 883
amanda@espressocomms.com.au

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