The coveted Best Mobile App at the V3 Technology Awards 2015 was won by join.me by LogMeIn, after it saw off strong competition to claim the title with its offering that allows people to join meetings from any location and from almost any device.
V3 caught up with Stephen Duignan (pictured), vice president of international marketing at LogMeIn, to hear more about the firm's success, and its plans for the year ahead.
V3: What were some of the highlights of 2015 for join.me?
Duignan: 2015 was an exciting year for join.me and we couldn’t have finished it in any better way than by winning the V3 award for the Best Mobile App. We feel really honoured.
Last year was marked by several product updates to enhance the join.me experience and keep up with the mobile workforce. Join.me app updates for iOS and Android were designed to cater to the mobile worker on the go, allowing them to connect easily to a meeting via one click.
In addition you can now whiteboard from your iOS devices and even share your entire screen directly from Android devices. These major updates mean that you can get work done even when you are on the go.
We also rolled out an easy and fun way to meet colleagues, partners and customers online via join.me video to further enhance the lightweight and interesting user experience on desktops and laptops.
What are your plans for 2016?
Our efforts will be to continue improving the user experience and overall collaboration. We will ensure that join.me remains up to date with the latest technologies while remaining simple, super fast and easy to use.
In our continued response to the rising trend of flexible working, we want to ensure that join.me caters to all needs to make working remotely and on the go possible without needing complex technology or software.
Equally important for us is to improve the experience for those who sit at their desks or in a meeting room by offering yet more easy-to-use conferencing tools with our desktop apps.
What are the biggest challenges facing your customers?
Given the hectic work environment, one of the biggest challenges is to communicate quickly, efficiently and effectively with co-workers, clients or prospects. They are not always able to hold discussions in the same physical space, so they need technology that allows them to connect with colleagues and partners wherever they are.
Another big challenge for today’s workforce is to achieve and maintain a healthy life/work balance. Often, they don’t have the right tools that allow them to save time by working remotely and on the go. We love providing a product that allows people to work from anywhere. Whether that’s taking a meeting in a conferencing room, or from your car before you pick the kids up from school.
What do you think will be the biggest trends for 2016?
We forecast that mobile as a working tool will be bigger than ever. International relationships and deals will blossom and economic borders will vanish further. Workers will collaborate with teams spread out around the globe, and products like join.me will enable this global workforce.
Workers, particularly in startups, will continue to move away from the traditional nine to five working day being tied to the desk, and will instead work whenever and however is best to fulfil the company's need.
Additionally, meetings will become more and more ad hoc with an increasing need for participants to connect from anywhere, sometimes at only a moment's notice.
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