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Technology enabling flexible office working

Recognising the mutual benefits of flexible working arrangements, employers today are offering their employees greater choice in how, when and where work is performed.  Today’s workers, particularly Millennials and Gen Z, can be productive from any location using any device, and no longer want to be constrained by legacy IT infrastructure or fixed workplaces.  Within the next 5 years, 35 per cent of workers globally will access corporate office networks remotely (CISCO).

These trends are driving the adoption of collaboration and communication technologies that are hosted “in the cloud” and accessible 24/7 from home, head office, remote office locations, and while travelling between them.  Our Technology Solutions team specialises in helping clients to deploy this technology; recently we successfully completed a project to develop, test and deploy a new mobile workflow system at Scentre Group.  Their directors can now approve multi-million dollar projects via their mobile phone!  Our role was to manage the project and to liaise between the software developer and the business users to ensure their requirements were fully identified and met.

Companies that deliver technologies to enable flexible working are booming.  Microsoft’s Office 365, Skype for Business, Onedrive and Sharepoint enable users to work together wherever they are based, and whether they are using a desktop PC, a laptop or a mobile phone.  Citrix (which powers colliersmobile) has become the remote desktop standard, enabling secure remote access to users’ data and applications wherever there is an internet connection.  Data centre operators such as NextDC and Equinix are building ever larger facilities to host cloud applications and to store corporate data, and new cloud service providers are starting up every day.

Challenges

Cyber-security remains the fastest growing sector in IT.  Accessing corporate data in public locations on shared devices poses security risks that need to be professionally managed.  Many companies allow “Bring Your Own Device” and allow a range of non-standard devices to be connected, so there can be an increase in central support costs.  The blurring of private and work time, along with personal and corporate devices require careful consideration in terms of acceptable use and data security policies.

The future

Artificial Intelligence will further improve productivity and efficiency in decentralised workplaces, including rapid analysis of large data volumes and automated decision making for repetitive tasks.  Virtual Reality will continue to evolve, enabling realistic interaction between people regardless of where they are located.

In summary

Flexible working arrangements are continuing to grow in popularity, and consequently demand for technologies that enable flexible workplaces continues to grow.  Our Technology Solutions experts within the Project Management business deliver flexible workplaces that support remote communication and collaboration for our clients.

For more information regarding your technology in a flexible working environment please get in touch via kevin.burman@colliers.com or +61 413 623 362.

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Nathan Makarios

Senior Technology Project Manager

Project Leaders

Sydney CBD

I joined the company since late 2013 and have been involved in several projects for our clients. During this short period, I have been involved in providing high quality consulting services to our clients which includes:
- data centre design
- corporate network equipment audit
- data centre hosting facilities evaluation and selection
- network cabling design, evaluation, and selection
- corporate network design, evaluation, and selection 

In the past I have worked for one of the biggest internet service provider in Indonesia for 3 years as a product development officer. During that period, I was involved in testing, analysing, and developing new products and solutions for our customers.

 

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