In 2012, a report from research and advisory consultancy, Forrester, predicted that companies would no longer provide standard productivity technology to staff come 2014. The report forecast that the majority of enterprises would embrace bring your own technology (BYOT) policies, rather than giving employees company-issued laptops, PCs and smartphones.
While Forrester’s predictions may have been a little premature, few can deny that modern workforces are headed in this direction. Or that they’re enjoying greater flexibility and freedom than their predecessors. More and more employees are leveraging this flexibility to work remotely and to do so using devices of their choice.
A more tech savvy and connected workforce may sound like the perfect recipe for business success, but this connectivity can actually make things more complex. As we discussed in a recent blog post, complexity hampers productivity and overall business efficiency.
Making the most of smart/connected workspaces
Smart businesses are leveraging technological advancements and the connected workplace to streamline processes and promote agility. But getting this right, isn’t easy. Especially when one considers the magnitude of the unified communication and collaboration space. And it’s only set to expand.
According to Frost & Sullivan, by 2020:
- The global workforce will grow to 2 billion people
- 30% will access office resources remotely
- There will be about 50 billion connected “things”
- The Internet of Things (IoT) market will be worth about $14.4 trillion
- 50% of employees will be expected to use their own mobile devices for work purposes
These stats may forecast exciting times for the world of work, but businesses need to have formal procedures in place to manage and monitor how these connected ecosystems are rolled out. Similarly, it’s important to develop policies around which devices, apps and tools will be supported and to come to an agreement with employees around their use.
That’s where telecoms expense and lifecycle management (TEM) software comes in. With TEM software, you’re able to monitor all your telecoms activities in real time from a single platform. Not only does TEM make it easier to keep tabs on employee behaviour in an increasingly connected workplace, this software also identifies any billing irregularities and reduce wasteful expenditure.
OneView, a Telecoms Expense and Lifecycle Management solution from Nebula, is the perfect tool to simplify your telecoms environment. To find out more about how OneView can give you a competitive edge, fill in your details here and we’ll get back to you.
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