3 ways IoT will transform your office
Businesses’ second biggest expenditure is on their real-estate, but they often have no insight into how efficiently they are using their office space. Although still in its infancy, Internet of Things (IoT) will transcend industries and transform the practises, management and design of the workplace.
Office technology has advanced dramatically over the years and senior decision makers are adopting smart and connected devices to promote operational efficiencies, drive growth and encourage a more collaborative work environment.
The internet of 'everywhere’
Globalisation of business operations mean that technology becomes a valuable asset in allowing overseas workers to navigate around multiple offices. Using office technology supports firms to overcome complications inherently tied with transnational teams and helps foster greater interaction and unity in dispersed teams. Global video conferencing unleashes the opportunity for employees from different offices to connect. This helps businesses move away from siloed business operations in different offices, bringing teams together to propel the business forward, facilitating a more streamlined approach to business processes and tasks.
An intelligent workspace
By utilising the power of technology and using data insights, companies can redesign their working space which boasts creativity and collaboration. The impact of sensor technology is made valuable by investing in advanced software to interpret the rich and accurate data.
The desk is the next business apparatus ripe for ‘smart’ technology. Sensor technology support businesses in their efforts to manage ongoing cost by allocating work-space efficiently. By providing staff with the right tools, businesses can streamline business operations, by making more optimal use of office management. Linking desks via IoT and sensor technology provides real-time information to ensure better management of space as data from mobile devices give employees a better understanding of office usage. Booking in advance through mobile technology also gives employees the flexibility and agility to move around different office spaces in a more productive manner.
New ways of working
The emergence of smart and connected devices is influencing the way employees interact within the space they work in. The rise of hot-desking and flexible working makes the office a more complex space for employees to navigate through.
Hot-desking pushes for a less hierarchical organisational culture, creating a work environment which encourages more streamlined decision making through better communication, improved collaboration, and teamwork.
It is vital that businesses invest in the right system to allow workers to easily check when they return to the office where there is an available desk space, rather than having to search around the office. Adopting desk screen technology, plays a big part in ensuring transparency around workspace and in helping business leaders strive towards a more productive future.
The Internet of Things covers a huge scope for business leaders to explore. Businesses need to invest in sensor, video and desk screen technologies to capitalise on the power of IoT to connect teams which will increase productivity, motivation and creativity.
By Paul Statham, founder and CEO of Condeco Software
GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud
GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.
In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade.
“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.
Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.
By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.
One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.
“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.
Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs.
“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.
The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment.
The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.
One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.
“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.
“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client.
“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”