In 2015, Queens University of Charlotte conducted a survey of U.S. managers and employees that revealed that 39% of employees felt that people in their organizations didn’t collaborate enough, even though nearly three quarters of surveyed employees viewed teamwork and collaboration as highly important.
Since then, collaborative project management software and social media-style HR and administrative systems have been used to stimulate better collaboration between business units and departments. Unfortunately, the departmental silo problem persists. “Companies tolerate silos because fixing this issue requires some very fundamental changes, and that feels risky and difficult,” said Johann Wrede, global vice president, strategic marketing for ecommerce software company SAP Hybris.
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