IBM has published the Flexible Workplace Study which contains interviews with 675 CIOs and IT managers of large enterprises across multiple industries in Australia, China, India, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. What is the flexible workplace?
Today’s workplace is a virtualized and physical environment characterized by connections, collaboration and user choice that enables the worker to be more agile and perform activities anywhere, anytime—and can ultimately help create greater enterprise value.
This redefined workplace is the result of industry trends in technology and work habits. Today’s workers increasingly meet, share, discover and get work done via technology. They expect the technology tools they have embraced in their personal lives to play an important part in their business lives, as well. This poses important challenges for the organization supporting the workplace.
The most successful companies implementing the flexible workplace are reporting 20%+ improvement in productivity and cost savings. Key insights:
Seventy-four percent of CIOs and ITmanagers are placing greater priority on the flexible workplace compared to other investments over the next 12 months
Majority expects the flexible workplace will yield productivity gains and enhanced security. Nearly half believe it will reduce costs and potentially increase revenues
Forward thinkers (9 percent) report 20 percent or greater improvement in productivity and cost savings on average. They are more likely to have workplace and mobility strategies in place, support the highest proportion of remote workers and the greatest number of devices and are most likely to outsource.
Mobility makes the flexible workplace work, and it is the attribute most in demand by end users. The tools that support users—applications and information—need to go where business is taking place.
Forward thinkers are keenly focused on improving enterprise performance through collaboration. They are leveraging social business to strengthen two-way communication and sharing—both within the organization and with customers, vendors and partners.
Forward thinkers are making fast use of emerging mobile devices, operating systems, platforms and applications. They recognize that the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend is expanding and, rather than trying to limit usage, they are supporting a broader set of devices and operating systems. They are investing in a mobile application platform and creating application stores that favor collaborative and content applications for core business processes versus the back office.
With each new access point, the security perimeter grows—and mobility significantly expands the number of access points.
The importance of strategy: While other adopters are implementing some flexible workplace capabilities, forward thinkers are placing emphasis on the development and execution of flexible workplace strategies that align with core business strategies. Forward thinkers are looking at the bigger picture and making integrated investments.
IBM mobile enterprise best practices
Thu, Jun 13th 2013 7:49p Christopher Pepin IBM conducted a study of 360 IT decision makers worldwide to identify and gain insights into the attributes of IT leaders in mobility. Mobile leaders can reap the benefits of better business performance relative to industry peers, growing IT investments and increasing revenue. The following are the four best practices of mobile leaders:
Plan for mobile development and establish strategies and polices
Integrate mobile across the enterprise, rather than treat as a silo or one-off projects
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IDC recognizes IBM as mobile consulting leader
Tue, Jun 11th 2013 2:26p Christopher Pepin IDC has IBM Named a Leader in IDC Marketscape: Worldwide Enterprise Mobility Consulting 2013 Vendor Analysis. From the IBM press release:
"The IDC MarketScape report indicates that "clients benefit from IBM's deep range of domain and industry expertise across multiple technology platforms." It also highlights how "IBM delivers its Enterprise Mobile consulting services through a multi-tier delivery model including inbound and onsite strategy and design engagements, high-efficiency and fa [read] Keywords: ibm
Apple WWDC 2013 Keynote
Mon, Jun 10th 2013 3:26p Christopher Pepin Earlier today, Apple kicked off their annual World-Wide Developer Conference, or WWDC, in San Francisco, CA. While I didn't attend, I did watch the keynote remotely on my AppleTV via the new Apple "Events" app. The full version of the keynote is available online
The first hour focused on the Mac, and the second hour focused on iOS. I was most interested in iOS from two perspectives - personal and business. Key features:
OS X 10.9 Mavericks
New Mac Pro
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2013 IBM Impact conference summary
Sun, May 5th 2013 7:25p Christopher Pepin I attended the IBM Impact conference last week in Las Vegas. I blogged a conference preview earlier in the week and the following are the key highlights:
IBM press release: "IBM Unveils New Technology to Connect a Smarter Planet New Appliance, Software and Services Extend the IBM MobileFirst Strategy."
IBM press release: "IBM Drives Enterprise Adoption of Big Data, Cloud, Mobile and Social Business Technologies WestJet Improves Traveler Experience with Real-Time Interactions."
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The Internet of Things: Connected Car
Mon, Apr 29th 2013 3:31p Christopher Pepin IBM's Impact conference kicked off today in Las Vegas and the first guest up on stage was Vijay Sankaran,
director of application development for Ford along with a 2013 Ford Focus up on stage. While smartphones and tablets get most of the attention, there are over 9.6 billion devices to connected to the Internet, including connected cars like the Ford Focus. Over 20 billion are expected by 2029.
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