Office of the Future – uniting old and new
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
by James Masters
How can you bring your legacy IT and business applications into the new Workplace?
There is a buzz around the “Office of the Future” topic, and we are seeing many large corporations running projects and pilots on this subject. Last weekend, my Sunday newspaper wrote an article on the “Future of Work,” detailing why the workplace needs to change and how technology is key in creating a smarter work environment.
The goal is to boost productivity by providing an office experience that motivates employees to be happy to come to work. This office should be light, spacious, comfortable, uncluttered and inviting, creating a welcoming and collaborative experience. Consider this fact: today, one-third of office space is allocated to communal space as opposed to a one-tenth share just a decade ago.
Smart technology is being used to make employees more productive. For example, the “Internet of things” and AI are being used to automatically control lighting, regulate air conditioning, and prepare audio and video in advance of a meeting to make the meeting as productive as possible. There are many more examples of the smart and sexy technology to support Office of the Future.
But what about the not so sexy traditional topics? For example:
- How do you bring legacy and business application output into this new agile workplace?
- How do you remove local servers that are cluttering the offices you are looking to transform?
- How do you remove the reliance on personal printers to further declutter the workplace?
- How do you allow mobile workers to quickly and easily access a printer?
These aspects of work can also be transformed to support the “Office of the Future.” With LRS, you can bring the whole Enterprise into the new workplace instead of just your office applications.
It’s all about marginal gains!