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How today’s workforce will change in the next five years

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As IT has changed and become more fluid with its needs and deliverables, the workforce has also needed to change and adapt to this new fluid model.  What was traditional in the brick and mortar office building has given way to remote employee’s and data everywhere models. This presents a difficult question, where will we be in the next five years? When you combine a remote workforce with the digital transformation of business, the risks to both the company and its workforce become clear.  Companies are starting to focu
that the workforce is becoming more remote and on the go. The scale of this change can be very traumatic for even the most progressive of companies.

How today’s workforce will change in the next five years-BodySure there are technical challenges for creating a more mobile workforce and increasing the level of adoption in IoT, Big Data and cloud based resources – but the true challenge is the balance between portability, security and convenience. With the next generation of IT professional now emerging, they are built on the portable life style. They are used to this on demand 24/7 access from their device and they are bringing that same expectation and mentality to the workplace. This means the business has a choice, they can embrace this new workforce and its non-traditional demands or try to stop it and go back to more classic operating environment.

As history, has shown, it’s almost impossible to stop forward progress, so today’s company should not be looking to limit or stop these changes unless they want to find themselves out of business. The goal today and in the future, is finding the right solutions that are flexible enough to enable this new focus on portability and data everywhere models while still addressing the concerns that come with it in this the digital age.

As the traditional items that have protected our businesses in the past continue to slowly fade away the push will be for newer technologies and focus to protect, secure and retain company data on the go.  Flexible end points for users that can connect to data and applications on the go will not be a need but a must. The users will simply expect the data and applications they work with to be available on all platforms with the same level of functionality. Transparent security controls that enable end users to access data and not restrict them will be needed. The focus will turn to enabling the users instead of restricting them, this is a fundamental shift for business and business decision makers needs to realise this.

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Clive Longbottom

Clive Longbottom

Clive Longbottom has been an industry analyst for around 25 years. Having trained as a chemical engineer, he sees everything in terms of process. Clive has worked in several positions across medium and large sized organisations, giving him a strong understanding of what an organisation needs – which isn’t an unquenchable thirst for technology. Clive looks at everything from the point of “What could this do for me, my team, my department, my organisation, the value chain?”, which enables him to weed out the very important, often quite basic, technologies from the more elegant, yet less useful ones.

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