ITAVReport-WorkplaceTechnology-Cerami_586x326Meeting the Demands for Unified Technology in the Enterprise

by Matthew Ezold, CTS-D

In the last decade, workplace transformation has become a primary internal goal for business in every vertical market. Many changes to the way we work are a direct result of the convenience of mobile technologies interrupting typical hierarchical methods of managing staff and the flow of information in a company.

Decisions are being made at the desktop and handheld device levels that have a major impact on how staff organizes and distributes information. These decisions, once divorced from workspace planning, now determine what the optimal configurations for conference, collaboration and pubic amenity spaces might be.

Since 2006, Gensler, a leading architecture firm, has conducted a US Workplace Survey to address key aspects of workplace design and correlations to higher productivity and employee satisfaction. Gensler’s 2013 US Workplace Survey identified the importance of providing choice in where people work, along with a natural balance between collaborative and individual focus time for employees. For technology managers, meeting the need for both choice in the workplace and balance between personal and public space is about providing similar capabilities in any location so technology is providing and not limiting available options.

To that end, the workplace transformations that have most impacted our technology programming efforts with clients have been related to:

• reduction of the number of large, formal conference spaces, and an increase in the number of smaller collaborative spaces.
• movement toward bench or open-area seating for all but senior executives. Typically, this is accompanied by a reduction in overall desk space available to employees and includes a need for small, private spaces for individual use.
• increase in size, quantity and types of technology-equipped amenity spaces.
• significant push to provide for work at home, hoteling (temporary work space) and work from anywhere options.

To learn more about how technology supports these changes and the best options for planning, budgeting, and implementation please download the full article.

This article originally appears in Sound & Communications Magazine ITAV Report’s Fall 2014 issue.

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