Getting on Board the Digital Workplace Trend

It can be difficult for established companies to stay relevant in the modern business environment, where startups seem to pop up all the time with fresh perspectives and disrupt entire industries. One need only look at the cases of transportation networking firms like Uber and Lyft, which have transformed the concept of calling a taxi, to see this phenomenon in action.

What can companies do if they want to stay afloat in this new business world? Many would be served well by transforming the physical workplace to a digital one. A good digital workplace will make it simple to access, share and record information that is culled from various devices, locations and user interfaces. In addition, it must allow for portability so that employees are able to carry out various aspects of their work from any place they happen to be.

By focusing on portability and access, companies can quickly respond to any changes that might arise, such as a sudden boost in customer demand. The fullest potential of a digital transformation can be achieved when the processes themselves start in the digital domain. For example, this can be achieved by giving doctors smart devices to keep track of information instead of using pen and paper and having it digitized by someone else later. In retail, workers could be given smartphones that allow them to provide customers with help anywhere in the store, whether it’s giving them stock or product information or accepting mobile payments from them.

Network Plays Essential Role

It’s the network that makes all of this possible by linking together the devices, applications and people that form part of the digital workplace. The network must be able to support the devices that use it flawlessly. This is especially important when you consider the fact that two out of every three new devices are expected to be mobile, showing just how quickly mobile networks are set to replace traditional wired access. In addition, with IoT entering the mainstream, companies will need networks that can not only support it but also check if the devices that connect are trustworthy.

This blog post was based off of an article from IHS Technology. View the original here.

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