Creativity and flexibility is key to organisations that want to thrive in tough times.
Employees are evolving. There are distinct differences between the way that younger people work compared with previous generations.
The new breed of knowledge workers, many of whom have grown up knowing only a web-enabled world, see fewer distinctions between public and private, office and home, work and play. Seemingly grafted to their smartphones and tablets, business communications mix with casual gossip over virtual networks and social media. Impatient with anything that smacks of old-school, and with expectations of continuous technological improvement and enhanced convenience, this is the generation that brings smartphones and tablets to work and wants to do things its way.
For business to evolve too, this next wave of change needs to be embraced. Who's ready to surf on the crest of the wave that will change the way we all work forever?
The environment that has nurtured this new generation is a disruptive one. Disruption often has a paralysing effect on business leaders, who are sometimes more intent on maintaining the status quo than fostering innovation. But it is exactly in such times that real competition emerges.
It is clear that the future belongs to the rapid adapters, to those organisations flexible enough to take on the new opportunities presented by the Internet by tapping into the dynamism and creativity of the new breed of knowledge worker.
Fundamental to increasing business flexibility is agile technology. Here, cloud computing can help. By moving applications and storage into the cloud where they can be accessed and shared from a variety of mobile devices, new lines of communication and collaboration can be quickly establised.
Key to embracing this revolution is software that both supports the existing business and allows it to flexibly change, to take advantage of the cloud without being bound to it. Functionality should be delivered seamlessly and reliably across a range of mobile devices whether the application is hosted on premise or in the cloud.
Businesses should be offered maximum choice and efficiency, flexible licencing terms, and SLA's quaranteeing that data and Apps are secure and that help is at hand to get them up and running. Put simply, businesses want software that will support their evolution to a more flexible, responsive, and forward-looking organisation.
Microsoft Office 365 enables deployment of the familiar Microsoft Office suite across almost all the mobile devices your employees use, ensuring rapid take-up with the minimum of training and disruption. It means providing tools that are both simple to learn, tools that can be extended to meet future needs.
NextWave.IT Ltd aim is to work smarter by running our business from anywhere, anytime on any mobile device, with the use of mobile and cloud computing. Mobility makes all previous applications more valuable by virtue of its perpetual nature, accessibility (wireless networks), usability (Apps), and availability (lower costs).
In a changing world, organisations must face up to the future and respond to these new opportunities and working practises to remain competitive. Change is like a wave. Are you riding the wave, getting pummelled by it or standing on the beach?
Director, NextWave.IT Limited
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