2020 and the impact of cloud computing

Your “own” desk as an employee could soon become a thing of the past by 2020. Citrix is a market-leading cloud, networking and virtualization technology company. They have conducted a global survey predicting that European office workers/staff will use on average five connected devices during the working day by 2020 and one desk will be shared by 2 workers.

This is down from the current status for 2010 of three quarters of a desk per employee.

Vanson-Bourne carried out the research and he has revealed that as it has become simpler for workers to access corporate data from a number of devices and locations, the need for businesses/companies to provide a dedicated desk per employee will expire.

The larger companies/organisations questioned said they are planning to have 7pc less workspace within two years and 14pc less by 2020.

Strong business implementation of mobile workstyle is predicted

The reduction of overheads such as rent is just one reason why the years between 2012 and 2020 will witness strong growth in the business implementation of mobile workstyles.

“Over the past 30 years we’ve already seen dramatic changes to the workplace,” said James Stevenson, area vice-president for UK, Ireland and South Africa at Citrix.“Now, with workers expecting to work flexibly, and businesses looking to embrace the full benefits of mobile working, the demise of the dedicated desk will be the next phase in the transformation of the office.”

“While there are obvious benefits to flexible working, IT strategy and implementation should not be overlooked, especially with the number of devices able to access corporate data on the rise. Ensuring that the appropriate governance measures are in place to protect confidential information and ensuring employee support for mobile working will be critical.”

Other reported advantages for companies and businesses adopting the mobile workstyle included:

·      More flexible workplace (66pc)

·      Lower employee-related expense costs, such as travel (50pc)

·      Better able to appeal to top talent (39pc)

·      More able to retain top talent (35pc)

·      Improved business continuity (32pc)

So we look ahead to 2020 and the impact of cloud computing.

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