Insights and Trends - Digital Workspace; Impacting Mobile Products
Contemporary workplaces are evolving fast due to the availability of endless digital solutions that support work. For instance, cloud computing is enhancing the potential of mobile workers who no longer depend on stationary computers and intranets. Equally, BYOD (bring your own device) devices are increasingly getting accepted into the workplace as they allow employees to work on devices they are familiar with and comfortable to use. Correspondingly, AI equipped devices are pushing efficiency and productivity higher across organizations with these technologies. Continue reading for a detailed research methodology and the trends elaborated after.
Preliminary search efforts concentrated on identifying recently published articles and reports by tech and analytics companies with insights on work mobility and flexible work. These reports often include comprehensive data, which includes details on the tools and solutions that drive modern workplaces in the U.S. Through these reports, we pulled various details regarding technology adoption and trends, especially those that influence modern workplaces. Additionally, statistical reports were also examined to provide hard data on these trends to indicate how widely they are adopted across organizations. Further, corroborating sources ensured that information retrieved was for ongoing trends and not isolated studies requiring several sources for each mobility focused trend found. Moreover, corroboration guaranteed that only relevant and real trends were presented.
1. MOBILITY AND WORK
Cloud computing has extensively supported mobile employees who would otherwise stay in stationary desktops and use office intranets. A survey by IDG indicated that 42% of the organizations surveyed use multi-cloud solutions. On the other hand, BYOD (bring your own device) policies are widely implemented in many organizations facilitated by the growing population of millennials joining the workforce. However, employers are still concerned about data security, data retrieval, and data liability. As smartphone ownership continues thriving, organizations are quickly adopting BYOD policies to ensure employees can work with devices they are already familiar with, save hardware costs for the company, and increase productivity.
AI-equipped devices are also disrupting the modern workplace, specifically how employees interact with their current jobs. These devices are helping employees increase efficiency and productivity. AI implementation has climbed from 25% in 2018 to 37% in 2019 indicating that more organizations are using AI-powered devices in the workplace. Further, organizations are deploying unified endpoint management solutions to centralize mobile device management to enhance security and the management of endpoints.
Health and wellness are becoming an essential factor modern organizations consider significantly. For instance, tracking employee health is gaining attention in the workplace as it is anticipated that by 2021, across the U.S., there will be approximately 90% of wellness programs that would include wearable health trackers like Apple Watch. However, companies are prioritizing usability of apps before selecting health tracking apps and platforms for their wellness programs.
2. MOBILITY FACILITATORS AND ADVANTAGES
Organizations are integrating digital collaboration tools with communication tools such as Slack along with time zone calculation tools like World Time Buddy to drive remote office collaboration. Business News Daily notes that "live video feeds" are specifically helpful in seeing and speaking to coworkers working remotely. These collaboration technologies are regarded as among the most beneficial in streamlining the current workplace. Their increasing adoption is also driven by the availability of reliable broadband internet.
A Gartner report argues that in the coming years, for 30% of organizations in the U.S., their primary competitive advantage would stem from the ability to exploit different technologies such as IoT (internet of things), AI (artificial intelligence), and augmented analytics. Findings from a Deloitte report noted that organizations taking full advantage of digital tools could potentially earn twice as much in revenue per employee; experience up to four times high revenue growth in a year, and average six-times high employment growth rate. In the U.S., it is estimated that 80% of small businesses do not take full advantage of these digital collaboration tools.