Leader in visual collaboration software, Lucid Software, has launched the next generation of Visual Collaboration with four new capabilities focused on driving greater productivity, alignment and execution.

Among the new capabilities, Lucid has added Collaborative AI to its patent-backed Lucid Intelligence Platform. With capabilities that automate the creation of visuals and connect visuals with data, teams can further unlock the power of collective and divergent thinking. Collaborative AI providse teams with increased productivity and efficiency gains, including generating, sorting, and summarising ideas.

Lucid introduced Visual Activities to the Intelligence Platform, a way for teams to gain insights, understand opinions, and make data-backed decisions. Designed to help teams reach alignment within the Lucid Suite, facilitators can select from a library of dynamic activity templates to help engage, gather feedback and quickly identify areas of focus or misalignment.

Organisations can also remain deeply connected and aligned with Team Spaces, a virtual home base that brings together the resources that teams need to initiate work, coordinate progress, and stay aligned. Teams can pull in dashboards and reports that display progress towards goals or reflect the status of a project and centralise communication and collaboration around both Lucid and other documents.

Lucid is also reinventing its collaborative canvas, pioneered over a decade ago, with Universal Canvas, a unified visual collaboration experience that connects work, ideas, and documentation across Lucid’s Visual Collaboration Suite.

With Universal Canvas, teams can easily switch between Lucidchart and Lucidspark as they move throughout a project workflow, enabling team members to work with the most relevant, powerful collaboration experience, while still allowing for all relevant visuals and context to be housed on the same document.

In a recent interview, Lucid chief product officer, Dan Lawyer told Retailbiz that retailers face mounting pressure to improve speed, alignment, productivity, and overall performance to keep ahead of the competition.

“Retail business owners often find themselves wearing multiple hats, working on sales, marketing,

customer service and everything in between. Managing all these aspects often feels impossible, so for many retailers, harnessing technology that streamlines their workflow is a no-brainer,” he said.

“Among the four new capabilities, Lucid announced the addition of Collaborative AI, allowing retailers to keep their team streamlined and further unlock the power of collective and divergent thinking by

seamlessly integrating AI-enhanced brainstorming and collaboration features into their already existing workflows. While it is currently only available in beta in the United States, this will be particularly helpful once the feature is available in Australia.

“Deploying visual collaboration applications means retailers can streamline their work processes, reduce redundant tasks and free up valuable time for deep work. In turn, this facilitates better coordination, communication, and tracking across all aspects of the business, meaning more time spent with customers and less time spent in the nitty gritty of daily operations.

“This has been witnessed firsthand through examples like Flybuys, which recognises that effective collaboration and communication are crucial for working with partners and satisfying customers, particularly in today’s remote work environment. By utilising Lucid Suite, they have discovered that visual aids significantly enhance communication among team members.

“Additionally, the intelligent diagramming features of Lucidchart enable the Flybuys team to share ideas, exchange feedback, establish a common understanding, and maintain a centralised and accurate source of documentation.”