Welcome back to part 3 on our series on the “the Smart Office.” A smart office has to provide the right intelligent environment customized for a new interconnected workforce and aimed at helping employees perform to their best potential. Email, computers and the internet were the first to revolutionize the workplace. In order to keep up with a changing world, companies now have to do their best to keep up with emerging smart office technologies.
Real time collaboration is the newest technology buzzword and is on its way to becoming an essential technology for the modern smart office. By utilizing RTC, companies look to greatly improve productivity by allowing enhanced collaboration between different teams. For over a decade now, most workers experienced RTC mostly in online document editors. Platforms like Microsoft Office 365, Dropbox and Google Docs worked to enhance collaboration among different users.
This technology is rapidly moving beyond just editing documents and heading into accomplishing other smart office tasks. For instance, screen sharing software such as Team Viewer now allow companies to collaborate with team members and clientele from anywhere in the world. The office of the future will not be defined as four walls and people in cubicles; rather it will be a collaboration of individuals regardless of location and proximity to each other.
In business, nothing lasts forever. The introduction of email completely changed the way the world did business, however nothing lasts forever in the ever-changing business environment. Email is going the way of beepers and desk phones in becoming an outdated office communication tool. Email is still the dominant way of communication but a variety of alternative platforms are cropping up. These platforms emphasize on real time collaboration, “socialness” and integration with a multitude of other productivity tools. What we are seeing is the rise of communication packages that integrate video chat, image sharing, voice chats and traditional messaging into one platform. In addition, more and more communication tools are adding-on productivity functions such as file sharing, AI and real time collaboration to create all-in-one packages.
The ringing desk phone is already being considered an archaic form of office communication. Email, as modern as it may seem, is also losing its place in the office of the future. Today’s emerging communication tools go beyond simple interaction and look to provide complete integration within a team. That is the core of what the new office is and what it will look like. Complete integration mixed with optimal productivity.
Come back for part 4 of our smart office series where we talk about how VR/AR will change everything.