The Modern Workplace – Trends & solutions
What is the modern workplace? Why it is becoming something everyone is talking about? What are the needs of your employees when it comes to their workplace? What are the differences between IT and employees perspective when it comes to the modern workplace, and how this is related to the modern workplace tip of the iceberg concept.
Evolution of the modern workplace
We live in an era where existing business models are being disrupted faster than ever before, fueled in large part by rapid changes in digital innovation. More distributed and digitally savvy employees expect companies to deliver the same choice and access to technical advancements in the workplace that they experience in their daily lives.
Companies that want to remain relevant and successful must transform themselves to meet these expectations and fully unlock their employees’ creativity. Technology is one key, but digital transformation requires business leaders to rethink how they connect their teams effectively.
For any business to remain agile, innovative and relevant over the next 10 years, it must attract, retain and unlock the potential of its human capital. As more and more organizations, large and small, are globally dispersed, an engaged workforce is at the heart of driving business forward.
There has been enormous shift in work in general. One shift is the focus in collaboration its really being driven by the fact that the greatest value of people now is about idea creation and creativity and new innovation.
Things have evolved to the point where a knowledge work is primarily about creating content together. Any business that is really looking to transform is likely making investment in three key areas, the first is technology, do they have the right tools that enable the mobility of experiences that they need.
The second is about space, are they building the right environment that encourage collaboration among their employees, and the third is about culture.
Really great organizations get the imperative to move technology from being a feature of the workplace to being the foundation of it. We need to think about technologies that are built from ground up for collaboration, that are built for multiple people to work and input together at the same time, thus, building trust and connection and sets the stage for more innovative outcomes.
Innovative technology shifts behaviors
Christopher J. Kelly, co-founder of Convene, says that companies today need to rethink technology not as a workplace feature but as its very foundation. He talked about the importance that “anybody’s first experience with technology is completely seamless”, to encourage adoption and regular use.
Ease of use is essential for collaboration technology as people get nervous operating even simple collaboration tools, often because of a deep fear of failure in front of peers.
To achieve increased adoption, collaboration technologies must support a seamless transition from place to place, device to device, and from personal to group computing.
Forrester found that 41 percent of employees report they now spend more time away from their desk than they did two years ago — many significantly so.
This calls for investments in more versatile and more personal computing tools that engage the senses and adapt with both the individual and the group.
Introducing the Modern Workplace
The modern workplace is a relatively new concept, and everyone is talking about. Part of it is empowering employees by creating a secure productive workplace to embrace diverse work-styles and enable people to get things done anywhere and from any device.
Microsoft has a great offering for the modern workplace. Powered by Microsoft cloud computing and machine learning, they are delivering latest innovations in collaboration tools to enable such unique experience.
Productive ideas come at any time, and at any place, so technology should provide the flexibility and mobility to allow these ideas to see the light. To extend the visibility of ideas, we need simple and effective tools, and the ability to share information with people inside and outside the organization. This is what the modern workplace is promising.
As great ideas come when different people work on the same content together, the modern workplace experience powered by cloud computing, can allow many people to co-author documents at real time, along with version control to track the history of all changes.
Moreover, when an employee leaves his office, he can continue working on his documents from any mobile device or tablet powered by a new mobile experience that delivers the same capabilities as the desktop apps. he can edit, share documents and even have a quick chat right from within his mobile experience. Microsoft Office 365 has a lot to offer in terms of collaboration and the modern workplace vision.
To deliver the promise of a highly productive, yet secure workplace, it is critical to businesses to maintain compliance and ensure secure collaboration across all devices.
Microsoft Modern Workplace
Microsoft offering for the modern workplace solution comes with a complete security and management capabilities that are effective, yet almost invisible to the users. Microsoft has a comprehensive solution called the Enterprise Mobility and Security or EMS, that enables enterprises to provide hybrid identity model and a true Single Sign On experience to thousands of SaaS applications.
EMS comes also with a unique mobile management solution called Intune, the fits all need. Whether you want to enroll MDM agents on devices or use the mobile application management approach that comes without agent enrollment, corporate data is protected no matter what devices are being used.
Now, with Microsoft Office 365 new offering, a lot of technologies from Microsoft come together, to empower the vision of the modern workplace. Windows 10, Office 365 and EMS, provide spectacular solution for business and enterprises, that works across devices and platforms, with a unique licensing offering that fits all needs.
Enterprises and organizations should look at the journey to the cloud from business perspective, and hunt opportunities. There is a lot of potential in the cloud, and failure to come up with a clear cloud road map from now, means that you will be left behind among your competitors.
There is a session given by Christophe Fiessinger & Ben Walters, talking about “Microsoft Envition | The Modern Workplace“. I found it a great resource to hear how the modern workplace vision can be approached, and what solutions can be used.
Also Microsoft has a webcast series about the modern workplace. You need to register to watch the latest episodes. There are also many success stories when it comes to Office 365 as an enabler for the modern place vision.