Whenever a new year begins, reflection on what has been and what’s to come is inevitable.
This issue is a prime example, as it includes our annual Editor’s Choice Awards supplement, in which we highlight a selection of the products that really caught our attention in 2017. We also look ahead to 2018, sharing the thoughts of a panel of experts on what will be the next big thing in workplace technology (page 20).
A common theme in their predictions is the increasing use of video for collaboration. On page 24, Adam Feakins of Videonations explains how accessible video conferencing technology has become for businesses of all sizes, pointing out that it has never been easier or more affordable for businesses to integrate video to improve collaboration in the office and on-the-go. On page 17, Lifesize’s Michael Helmbrecht explains how greater ease of use and a lower total cost of ownership have caused video conferencing to move out of the boardroom and into smaller, more informal huddle rooms – an essential component of the modern workplace.
Video conferencing technology is great for staying connected with colleagues in diverse locations. But human contact is just as important. Arguably, nothing beats meeting up in person, and on page 13 we hear how Penny Power OBE is promoting this message by developing a business-only café where business owners can learn new skills and socialise with fellow entrepreneurs.
James Goulding, Editor, email@example.com