Major trends in technology that impact communication within organizations include; voice over Internet protocol, Web 2.0, and virtual networks. Unlike virtual networks, face-to-face (F2F) meetings provide limited support for global projects and establishments. Within virtual networks, a powerful infrastructure and high-speed data services are required from both network users, which can help prevent interruption of communication. Technologies used throughout virtual networks include; email, chat, phone, videoconference, group calendars, and other electronic meeting systems.
F2F meetings can be good to set the stage for a growing business relationship. However, technological communication presents an opportunity for the relationship to continue. Remote communication facilitates socialization, which may aid in completing extensive projects. Dispersed work and technology have become familiar to many people within organizations, and technology can be used by team members to minimize perceived dispersion. As technology and virtual teams grown, so will the tools and technologies to track their effectiveness. Virtual teamwork builds long-term social ties, and technology may present breakdowns in communication amongst development teams. While F2F integration furthers interpersonal ties and collaboration, technology is utilized to renew social ties and provide further interaction between remote users.
Trust has been connected to the success of virtual software communication, and F2F communication is often required to establish the trust and social ties. By remaining in social ties, the individuals build trust, and encourage rapport with one another. Challenges of distributed virtual software include time, culture, and location, and F2F meetings have been linked to better team performance Technology can be used by team members to minimize perceived dispersion. Trust is needed to establish social ties. Trust is critical to the relationship, but difficult to build at a distance. Virtual teams have a more difficult time establishing shared identity and are often more prone to conflict. For globally distributed projects, individuals should be acquainted with one another prior to joining in virtual communication, consider the original meeting builds trust and ensures smooth collaboration.
I believe that all businesses can use virtual networks within their organization to facilitate meetings with employees and employers. Considering most organizations have upgraded their structure to utilize technology and information processing systems, allowing employees to work and communicate virtually can increase productivity by lowering delays in communication.
Dr. Elijah Clark (June 9, 2015). Trends in MIS [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://elijahclark.com/trends-in-mis/