The workplace is changing rapidly due to the rise of digital technologies and new hardware devices. Wireless and wearable technologies, mixed reality and 3D printing are just a few of the innovations that are poised to disrupt the workplace from this point on. As a result, it’s going to look even less like the traditional office as these emerging technologies become mainstream.
The good thing is that the majority of businesses are on board with the idea of rapid change. This year, 70 percent of Global 2000 CEOs are centring their strategies around digital transformation, according to IDC. Change is the new normal: by 2018, 40 percent of businesses in the top 20 of every industry will be disrupted, predicts PwC.
While emerging technology is one big factor behind the changing workplace, another is the growing working population of younger people. PwC foresees that half of the workforce will be made up of millennials by 2020. This influential group is successfully reinventing the rules on how, where and when work duties are performed; and they are increasingly demanding the tools they need to do the job. As a matter of course, these tools have to facilitate things such as mobility, wireless working, team-based collaboration and instant, multi-channel communication.
New technology brings increased efficiency
Many newer technologies and platforms have these factors at their core, which means they can offer businesses the opportunity to empower their workers to become more efficient and collaborative with co-workers. Consequently, there are far more opportunities available today for better teamwork, faster decision-making and more rewarding, collaborative meetings.
Such speed and collaboration is essential in an age where we send and receive 2.4 million emails every second, and 60 billion messages are sent across Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp every day. Communication and collaboration must now be instantaneous.
One key technology that is helping to drive workplace transformation is the Intel Unite solution, which is designed to enable more productive and secure collaboration.
Its main raison d’être is to create the environment for better meetings through elements such as rapid setup and wireless presentations, so workers can get going quickly. As well as making life easier for end users, it also means less intervention by IT managers and teams by automating processes and putting the user in control.
Intel Unite: one collaboration solution to unite them all
Intel Unite is available on select devices, such as mini PCs with 7th Generation Intel Core vPro processors. It works with operating systems, including Windows 10, Android, macOS and iOS, making it easier for disparate devices to come together. It thereby ensures staff can work together faster and more efficiently, while employing the latest technology tools they are accustomed to using.
Meetings start quickly with wireless technology, which connects immediately to new or existing displays, projectors or interactive whiteboards – and all without the need for any messy cables. A PIN code protects meeting access, while enterprise-grade security ensures that meeting data is 256-bit Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encrypted and stays within the corporate network. Even better, all workers can share and edit content in real time with easier, more secure connections, whether they’re in the room or halfway around the world.
Intel Unite enables teams to work collaboratively across a range of scenarios. For example, it brings people together in open areas, giving them a safe environment through secure access logins and protected guest access. This is ideal for open-plan offices, lobby areas or public spaces. It also means full-time or temporary staff, contractors and visitors can all share resources and work together securely.
In addition, Intel Unite gives easy and instant access to content for employees working remotely, so workers can have the sort of time and location flexibility they have grown accustomed to. Employees of Fortune 1000 companies around the globe are estimated to be away from their desks 50 to 60 percent of the time.
Rapid setup and screen sharing
Where Intel Unite can really make a difference is in business meetings. One of the significant advantages of the collaboration solution is that it makes it easy to set up and manage a meeting or conference room, without having to call IT at the start. The technology has been found to cut setup time from minutes to seconds, which means meetings can get off the ground quickly, with easy wireless content sharing to room displays and other devices connected to the corporate network.
Screen sharing is another major benefit offered by the technology. The solution lets participants share their displays with others – either one screen at a time, or viewing between two and four screens simultaneously. It’s also possible to switch presenters with a single click, which means there’s no longer the need to pass a cable and connector or swap chairs.
Furthermore, the intelligent software allows participants to make temporary annotations to material they are viewing, to highlight the information that’s being discussed. They can also share files on the fly, and use the extended mode feature to share their screen and multitask at the same time.
In addition, Intel Unite offers integrated controls for other room and collaboration technologies. So, as well as supporting existing peripherals, including screens and printers, it also integrates with leading collaboration apps the company already uses such as Skype for Business and Zoom.
As today’s workforce increasingly demands new tools and technologies to work in the way that suits them best, Intel Unite looks set to be an enabler of workplace collaboration and transformation. Its features ensure staff can work together faster and more efficiently than ever before, while using the latest technology tools they are accustomed to having.
The workplace is being transformed by new technologies and new ways of working. Are you ready for the disruption?