Whilst the Internet of Things (IoT) is already having a transformative impact upon our home lives, these new and exciting technologies are now being deployed in the 'connected workplace'.
Innovative organisations are exploring new ways to boost productivity and increase efficiencies. And in a world which is dominated by connected devices, the IoT is changing the way we work on a day-to-day basis.
According to IDC, it’s now estimated that 37% of the world’s working population (roughly 1.3 billion workers), will be identified as a ‘mobile workforce’. The report also predicted that by the year 2025, there could be as many as 1 trillion different types of devices connected to the web.
What will the connected workplace look like?
Connected devices have become part of our everyday working lives. Devices such as smartphones, tablets and wearables are enabling employees to work smarter, faster and more effectively both inside and outside of the office.
The fundamental requirements for creating a connected workplace are already in place. It’s now just a question of developing the infrastructure which ties everything together. And that’s where the IoT comes into it.
Many organisations are developing products which will work seamlessly across multiple devices, integrating with existing services and systems. The real opportunity is connecting the vast number of smart technologies present in the workplace.
IoT has the potential to have tremendous impact on employee productivity, operational efficiency as well as connectivity and collaboration among employees. The fact is, in the modern workplace, employees need to connect with things as well as people and places.
They need to communicate seamlessly with colleagues and customers, offices and conference rooms, printers and scanners, smartphones and PCs.
What impact will it have on your business?
More Data Analysis
Objects which are connected to the internet generate a huge flood of data. Knowing what to do with the data is what counts. Companies will have to rethink how they collect and analyse information to understand more about customers and trends, and tailor products and services accordingly.
Making your workplace a smart and connected one will help you make sense of all this data. It will also give you a competitive edge.
Location tracking will be made much simpler and seamless. Internet-connected equipment and devices will all be geographically tagged, saving workers time hunting things down and saving money by reducing the loss rate.
The IoT will help employees in bigger companies to connect with each other. Bluetooth beacon or WiFi triangulation could be used to provide a live map of the office which means that colleagues who choose to share their location can be seen on the map.
As devices continue to connect us, we are becoming part of much more than an office. It’s time to start thinking strategically about how to bring your company and your employees together for an unprecedented degree of sophistication and intelligence. Welcome to the future of the connected workplace.