In 2019, there’s no excuse for the modern workplace to have avoided migrating to the cloud – or at least to have begun its journey.
With the pace of new and developing technologies, businesses can’t afford to be left behind and they should be doing all they can to prepare and adjust.
Let’s look at where the cloud-based office is going and how adapting is essential for all kinds of businesses.
Influencing IT infrastructure
As consumers, we expect our devices to integrate with everything around us – and why should the workplace be any different?
In recent years, we’ve reaped the benefits of more productive, and connected, collaboration and communication tools. Of course, technology continues to evolve, driving growth in cloud-managed systems and applications. The result? Increased organizational agility – and the ability to respond to market opportunities and threats with speed, improved productivity and a positive impact on time and costs.
These developments have also influenced IT infrastructure, with connectivity and security at the forefront of decisions.
A flexible working revolution
As integration between devices, software and hardware continues to improve, it enables a more seamless and mobile everyday working environment.
The days of assigned desktop PCs and desk telephones are disappearing, as connectivity across multiple devices allow us to work more freely; quite literally, on-the-go. This is backed by research from Gensler, which suggests that individual workstations are actually only occupied 55% of the time in the standard workplace. Whether that’s due to employees working more outside of the office – at home or in other remote locations – or simply using different office environments such as meeting rooms, quiet spaces or social areas, it’s clear that flexible working is with us to stay.
Many organizations today acknowledge that the single desk or cubicle space does not fit all and are creating more diverse spaces and ‘zones’, yet some are taking it even further by doing away with the traditional office floorplan altogether. Mars, for instance, redesigned its global headquarters with an open environment that centers around transparency and openness to increase human interaction and collaboration.
Amidst global growth in co-working office spaces, with similar emphasis on social spaces, it’s likely that the future cloud-based office will continue to evolve and encompass smart technology, flexible furniture and integrated software to meet varying employee demands.
If you need help scaling your IT infrastructure for the future then talk to us. As the Cloud Communications division of NTT we can devise, implement and manage cloud transformation services to help your organization with everything from the migration process, to individual user adoption, and company-wide rollout strategies.