Technology Equipped Towards the Transformation from Physical Workplace to Digital Workplace. Yes, this is not a post about SCCM or ConfigMgr.
However, this is more about assessing infrastructure and cultural readiness for a digital transformation. As core technical personnel, we also need to consider future technology roadmaps. Agree?
That is what I’m trying to do with this post. Whether the Technology Equipped for the Transformation from Physical Workplace to Digital Workplace? Yes, but not to that extent. So technology needs to have more catching up to deliver the same feeling as a physical workplace.
Technology Equipped Towards the Transformation
Let’s pause for a moment think about whether the technology is going into the digital workplace or not? Cloud computing, Windows Azure, Windows Intune, Office 365, Lync 2013, etc. I can see technology is heading down the right path.
A few years before, we never had online meetings like Lync Online meeting or Webinars; rather, we used to dial into a bridge and attend the meeting. Now, we rarely use a conference bridge. True? Are we moving away from the physical workplace? Yes, we’re slowly progressing towards a digital workplace. Even we can’t recognize this !! Think about instant messaging (IM), Lync? We can install the Lync application on smartphones and connect to your colleagues from home, cafes, trains, or buses. This is also a small example of digitization. Isn’t it?
BYOD – Bring Your Own Device and CYOD – Configure Your Own Device initiatives within the organizations are clear evidence that we’re moving to Digital Workplace. Microsoft cloud initiatives are a great path towards a digital workplace. Technology Equipped Towards the Transformation.
Simply put, we can access the Windows Intune console anywhere in the world without connecting to the office network with your device. Isn’t that great? If you’re an Intune administrator, you can perform your day-to-day activities from anywhere in the world without connecting to the office network.
Digital Workplace is the next revolution that will happen in coming years. Yes, I think so; we can see this from some of the examples I’ve mentioned above. Yes, I know, it would be very challenging. And it’s not like we will get there tomorrow or the day after.
It will take time to get there. Again for most of us, Internet bandwidth was a real problem a few years before. How is the bandwidth now? It’s much cheaper now, and also, high bandwidth is available all around the world. I tried working from my village a few weeks before, and the connectivity was super, and I could achieve what I wanted to.
This was not the case a few years before. I can’t even think of performing Work from the village because of connectivity issues and slowness in the VPN connectivity etc… Now, it’s clear that we don’t want me in BIG cities to complete the work. Technology Equipped Towards the Transformation from Physical Workplace to Digital Workplace.
Most of the agricultural work is located on farms; most people moved from villages to cities as part of industrialization. Can we go back to villages where we’ve more resources (real estate and so on) than cities nowadays? I don’t know. This would be a possible part of the Digital Workplace and the digital revolution. What do you think?
Digital workplaces can remove Physical restrictions and empower employees to work anywhere in the world. Work is becoming more mobile. I think work mobilization increases productivity in my experience. Sometimes, I work from home, and during those days, I tend to work more hours than my regular office hours (work stretching).
Probably there is less to worry about lunch breaks going to the cafeteria (queue in for food), tea breaks, and traveling (traffic, etc.). So on another side, I’m much more productive when I work from Home.
The downside of a digital workplace could be working alone, not meeting with people physically, work stretching, addiction to work, less sleep, and so on. Isn’t it? So the next piece is what the people managers will do when working from remote areas? Do we need managers?
What is the future of Managers? I’m sure the managers are needed in Digital Workplace ;). However, the managers need to revamp their thinking, and they need to have a high level of trust with employees. Most of the managers don’t do policing these days. How about your managers?
I agree a bit of policing is needed when you’re just out of college 🙂 Do you agree? Managers are not there to observe or watch people INPUT rather, they should care or follow what their reporters OUTPUT. What output can they produce?
Some of us had gone through Agriculture change, Industrial change and it seems like it’s time for a digital chance. We never know !
Following is the excellent video on Digital Workplace by Paul Miller and Ephraim Freed. This video inspires this post!!!
Anoop is Microsoft MVP! He is a Solution Architect in enterprise client management with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is a logger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. He writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc…