The 9 Types of Collaborators [Infographic] and 1 Sharing Solution

By Roger Beharry Lall | April 1, 2014

In the modern workplace, there are all sorts of characters: those we love, those we hate, and those who march to the beat of their own drum. Everyone has a different style of working, especially when it comes to collaboration and sharing.

Check out this infographic from Central Desktop on the 9 types of collaborators.

Do you see any familiar faces? I won’t name any names, but I can certainly see a few of my colleagues fitting into these positions nicely!

Collaborating and sharing across the enterprise

When working with a cast of colorful characters who each have their own way of working with others, it only makes sense to provide them with technology to make dealing with each other easier. This is where the PDF comes in!

Now, I know what you’re thinking: Roger, what does collaboration have to do with a boring old PDF? I’m glad you asked. Here it comes:

  • PDFs can be viewed on virtually any device, be it laptop, desktop or mobile, so users can share and view content no matter where they are
  • Users don’t need to have expensive authoring software in order to view documents, so users can share documents such as CAD files with those who don’t have the software
  • File sizes are relatively small, making emailing lengthy documents possible, so users can get content to others quickly and efficiently
  • Documents can be automatically enhanced by exposing metadata in headers, footers and watermarks, so that users can find pertinent information about the document easily

See, I told you PDFs and collaboration were related!

When you’re looking for ways to transform your documents to PDF to enable collaboration and sharing across the enterprise, keep in mind that not all PDFs are created equal. Believe it or not, there are a number of differences between PDFs which have been converted using basic rendering software, and PDFs which have been converted using Advanced Rendering software.

To learn more about the PDF and the disparities that can arise depending on how it is rendered, check out this guide: All PDFs Are Not Created Equal.

And in case you’re wondering, I’m an “Expert” collaborator

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