Employees use a huge variety of tools – sanctioned by the company or not – to do their jobs. One study found that the average enterprise runs more than 300 apps. Another study determined that employees have to switch between apps every two to three minutes.
The negative impacts grow exponentially as more tools and systems are added. Processes and projects get splintered among myriad channels and platforms. Content, conversations and other information are spread piecemeal across an increasingly fractured collaboration landscape. Eventually, employees spend more time trying to chase down the pieces and stitch them all together than they spend doing actual productive work. It’s a hole many companies fall into. But there’s a way out.