Whether or not you choose to consider collaboration as a platform or an activity, the fact that can’t be debated is that the two ends of any network are information and people. When the industry accepts that people and information are the two constants that have never changed, the notion of collaboration becoming a platform to connect the two ends of the network becomes more palatable. Let’s look at how the collaboration platform has evolved.
We can look back into the earliest of times and how communications were managed. People shared information by recording that information in stone tablet, hieroglyphics, just to name a couple. In fact we can argue that one of the earliest representations of data centers would be the Egyptian pyramids. Over time, as civilization matured, communication took place through the use of books, smoke signals, teletypes, radio, telephone, television, and today’s modern collaboration platforms. I suspect that our children’s children will make fun of the fact that we had to hold devices to our ears to communicate, and that we had to sit in front of a special camera to see each other.