In the past running a successful business meant an office space awash with technology. Today, it is possible to run a business with nothing more than a phone and a tablet PC. With fast mobile broadband, cloud-based services and powerful computing power literally in the palm of your hand, business owners can move their enterprises into the environment of virtual business management.
Emeritus Professor Dexter Dunphy predicts that in the future the “workplace will no longer be defined by an office building but a collection of invisible interactions, aided by technology.”
Mobile/remote working has been gaining pace for several years. Research from Intel and Dell revealed that over a third of workers believe they are more productive when working remotely. The study that looked closely at how workforces are evolving concluded that the office as we know it today is fading.
Steve Lalla, vice president and general manager of Cloud Client Computing, Dell, said: “As the research shows, now more than ever, the office isn’t defined by a desk within an employer’s walls. With constant connectivity blurring the lines between professional and personal lives and devices, it’s essential employees have seamless access to data when at the office, at home and on the road so they can stay productive, and IT secures and manages the data (and user) wherever it goes.”
What this means for all business owners is that they can make a shift away from the traditional structures that have defined businesses and their office spaces to a more fluid, mobile and flexible working environment.
Lalla continued: “An overarching theme of ‘activity-based’ work is starting to emerge as part of the evolving workplace and workforce worldwide. With the shift towards employees conducting work in flexible environments, across varying devices, experts came to a consensus that it isn’t only where you do your work, but what kind of work you’re doing that determines which form-factor you work on.
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