With technology evolving at such a fast pace, it is only natural that other aspects of life have to change to keep up and adapt. Technology is something that we have accepted as essential to our everyday lives, and with portable technology from laptops to tablets and smartphones people are no longer constrained to working purely from their desks.
In a recent survey that we carried out, 48% of respondents felt that they spend more time working remotely now than they used to. To accommodate these mobile and home workers companies would have had to adapt their technology and policies, making allowances for remote working and ensuring that all equipment and software is available to make the experience as fluid as possible. Often a BYOD policy works best as it allows users to make use of the device they already feel comfortable with, reducing any time that would have previously been spent training them.
These employees are already adapting to using the latest technology in their personal lives and so when they come to work they want to adopt that in to their day to day roles too. Many employees now come to meetings armed with their smartphones to reference emails or electronic documents within apps such as Trello or Evernote.
The additional functionalities of new age products are of huge benefit to the work force and allow them to work, particularly with the integration of Unified Communications, in a way they wouldn’t have been able to previously.
Personally I feel that this shift in technology use and the rate at which products such as smartphones are evolving to match the capabilities of laptops and desktop machines, makes me believe that it will not be too long before the traditional desktop PC is redundant.
Cloud computing offerings, such as Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), look to replace what currently sits in a large, bulky box at your desk and move it in the cloud. We also found that 36% of those we surveyed use either their laptop or smartphone most frequently for work purposes, showing that already workforces are coping without the use of a desktop.
Providing users the ability to be flexible with their working location and their choice of device can only be a benefit to business. Allowing employees access to their files and documents around the clock means that they could be encourage to work for longer; with the ability to work on the train or at the weekend. In fact, if the desktop PC were to go in to retirement the reduction of constraint could be quite positive indeed.