The enterprise collaboration market is rapidly moving. Only months ago at Gartner’s Portals, Content and Collaboration Summit—a coalition of top analysts, CIOs and other IT execs—the focus was on collaboration and how it will continue to be a competitive differentiator for organizations. Now, a new report from Research and Markets slates the global enterprise collaboration market to grow at a CAGR of 9.4 percent from 2014 to2019.


Top trends fueling this market growth, according to the report, include the continued adoption of smartphones and other connected devices, as well as mobile apps that are being created and leveraged for enterprise use. With this upsurge in attention on collaboration, business leaders should assess whether there’s room for improvement in this area within their own organizations. Below are three recommendations to consider when conducting an enterprise collaboration assessment:


1. Invest in, or modernize, your intranet portal: Do you need an intranet portal? The short answer is YES. An intranet portal holds all corporate data and applications in one easily accessible location so that employees can work more efficiently and resourcefully. If you haven’t invested yet, now would be the time to do so. If you have an intranet portal, consider when you last assessed it—for example, maybe you want to make your portal easier to access on mobile devices.


2. Automate more business processes: One of the greatest barriers to your collaboration efforts could be siloed manual systems. Today’s collaborative environment involves advanced technologies, like cloud computing and mobility, that don’t pair well with a non-integrated approach. By automating your core collaboration processes, such as document and content management, you will immediately slide ahead of the competition.


3. Do a gut check within SharePoint: Sharepoint is the No. 1 enterprise collaboration platform being used by companies today. If your company uses SharePoint, ask yourself just how often you evaluate the status of your SharePoint environment. For example, do you still have default settings in place? Are your document libraries built efficiently? Are you updating IIS patches regularly?


The best thing about creating a foolproof enterprise collaboration strategy is that you never have to go it alone. Click here to learn how our team here at AAJ can help you take your collaboration efforts to the next level.