I.T is moving at an unprecedented pace that is seeing hardware becoming outdated in less than 36 months.
With this in mind, organisations who are achieving a truly optimised workplace are seeing distinct benefits in remotely hosted environments and ‘cloud’ based technology.
In the context of an office reorganisation or relocation, it is clear that an I.T strategy can define the way in which organisations work. I.T will also form a major part of real estate and operational costs. For these reasons I.T is a key element of the Workplace Study and the I.T strategy should therefore be challenged. It should look to predict and follow future developments and improvements in communication and technology.
Often the greatest barrier to technological advancement within an organisation can come from a reluctance to challenge the present I.T strategy, and to remain operating the way an organisation has always operated.
The I.T strategy for an organisation can be led from two angles, both of which should be undertaken in tandem. I.T Managers and Directors should be consulted on the present working practices of the organisation’s I.T configurations, specifically addressing the built infrastructure, overriding principles and disaster recovery / contingency plans.
The same information should also be discussed with senior management but with the focus primarily centred upon eliminating risk for the organisation, providing a robust disaster recovery / contingency planning scenario and most importantly, the significant financial savings that can be realised by investing in cutting edge technology.
New technologies include remotely hosted environments, virtual desk-tops driven by remote communications set ups and ‘cloud’ technology that will allow personnel to freely access information from a multitude of mediums in any location, both from outside and within the workplace.
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