There is a possibility that as an IT manager in 2025, you won’t even need to get out of bed, as long as your robot coffee maker and kitchen assistants do their jobs. Whether that’s really the future, your guess is as good as ours. But something we can definitely vouch for is that a lot of new and wonderful things will happen once your organization fully embraces mobile devices and workflows.
Still curious about working from bed? Get up and start preparing!
In some organizations, the first of many steps towards this utopia of slippers and dressing gowns may well be a BYOD (bring your own device) policy: telling your employees to bring their fully owned devices or ones they’ve bought with a company allowance. Alternatively, your IT people can select and provision mobile devices the same way you deal with laptops now. Either way, a Mobile Device Management system will help you plan and implement crucial security policies for your devices, in accordance to any industry regulation.
Out of the office – for good?
Working in the same place together can be highly valuable, productive and creative, but mobile workflows are already starting to catch up with or outdo its benefits. Research firm IDC has predicted that this year an incredible 1.3 billion people will be classed as mobile workers – that’s 38 percent of the total worldwide workforce. One reason is, of course, the rise of apps. The latest versions of office apps even allow document signing and financial management, while file sharing and chat tools integrate with everything from to-do lists to calendars and note taking apps.
Not having such tools is the modern version of requiring a lengthy bureaucratic process to open the office supplies closet. What’s more, people who can work from anywhere (such as their bed) are happier, and employee satisfaction does wonders for productivity.
Mobility anywhere – even in traditional offices
Even on days when your boss still demands you to come to the office, things might still be pleasantly different in 2025. Since work will be accessible from a variety of gadgets, in 2025 your BYOD probably won’t be limited to a tablet or a phone, but a wearable too. Your fabulous velveteen one-piece may even collect your body heat to charge your primary connected device. We’re not joking: they’re already working on it.
Automation, automation everywhere
What’s more, better, smaller, faster and cheaper computers mean you’ll probably spend less time collecting, entering and editing data into computers – another reason BYOD policies will free us from being hunched over a desk with a keyboard. If you handle any back office tasks, accounting, HR or ordering/inventory processes, the likelihood is you’ll soon use a screen to glance over and confirm the processes computers are offering to do for you.
Computers will become everything
Finally, your employees’ computers will look less and less like the glorified typewriters we grew up with. When you start building skills and routines around this assumption, you’ll be much better prepared for a world in which connected devices are ubiquitous. And what this means in practise is you can no longer rely on the boundaries of your premises to secure your data, making MDM vital for managing employee-owned or company provisioned mobile devices.
Think about it. The building around you will become a network of devices that write out purchase orders with speech recognition, manage room reservations, order more toilet paper and micromanage climate control based on the number of people present.
Of course, given that so many of us will be working from our beds, that number might be surprisingly small.
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