If you have tried to schedule an interview with a candidate or a discussion with your partner, you will be blocked by the lack of visibility to their calendar and availability. You may end up exchanging a bunch of emails to collect everyone’s availability and decide on a time & date. Calendly is an online tool that helps you overcome this. You can sync your Outlook calendar with it and make your availability visible across organization boundaries and firewalls. It is one of the technologies that is helping people to collaborate across organizational boundaries.
If you closely look at it, you will understand that a set of tools are available to help us manage things, which were traditionally the domain of enterprise support applications. The workforce of today is increasingly using online platforms like Udemy, YouTube channels, etc. for their learning needs. The e-learning courses and learning management systems within enterprises are used predominantly for in-house applications and for compliance-related training. More often the certifications and endorsements in LinkedIn and other public platforms attest to the validity & credibility of skills.
The Global MOOC Market is Forecast to Reach $20.8 Billion by 2023 from $3.9 Billion in 2018 – Analysis by Component, Course, User Type and Region –ResearchAndMarkets.com
Opensource software movement pioneered the move to collaborate on a public code base through GitHub and other tools. Google Docs and Office365 (a web refresh of Outlook is expected soon) have extended this to documents, spreadsheets and presentations. For ideation and brainstorming Miro (virtual whiteboards) and their ilk offer a solution. To build a brand and web presence, you have Shopify, WordPress, and social media platforms like Facebook. A painter or photographer can enable their customers to print a picture on any pharmacy chain if they can integrate one of the public APIs to his website. If they need technical help to achieve this, they can hire someone on UpWork.
What you see here is a gradual dispersion of the features and technical capabilities that were available only within a large organization, to a larger public. The enterprise technology has moved from on-premises to cloud and SaaS models and increasingly to public platforms. If you are a freelancer, you can leverage these tools to quickly get the required capabilities. Leaving you to focus only on your core competencies and customers. If you are evaluating an investment in enterprise toolsets, you can consider if any of the public platforms will fit the bill, of course with suitable add-ons to provide security or other features.
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