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Clearly, the way we work has changed – we are increasingly mobile and want to stay connected anywhere, anytime. Many of us take our first conference call of the day from our car during the morning commute. We stay on top of urgent emails not only from our desk but also from the sidelines of the soccer field. From remote locations, we access corporate information and quickly respond to a customer to keep business moving forward despite time zone differences.
At the same time, the lines between work and life have blurred. In many cases, we are getting familiar with the latest technologies and devices at home first, and then bringing those preferences to work. In other words, we have grown to expect the freedom to work wherever, whenever and however we can to get the job done.
These changes are not only being experienced by individuals but also by business and IT leaders. Business leaders may want to give their people the flexibility to choose the technology that works best for them, but still rely on IT departments to manage technology risks, secure corporate data and ensure the required levels of compliance and manageability are met.
At Microsoft, we know that with the right technology, a company’s IT environment can be as agile, flexible and reliable as the people it supports. In an about an hour here at TechEd, I’ll talk at a Foundational Session about how IT can deliver the “Flexible Workspace”. If you're here, please join me in room C307.
With a more flexible workspace, people can work the way they want which can mean better results, better job satisfaction and, possibly, stronger business growth. IT departments will be happy too since flexible workspaces are supported by an intelligent infrastructure that makes it easy for IT to deploy, secure, and manage the right computing environment.
Based on recent conversations with customers and partners, it’s clear that this notion of a flexible workspace resonates with many of you. Here are a few areas where you can get started on your path to a flexible workspace:
Forrester Research recently published a related report “IT Managers Selectively Embrace Consumerization.” It is available for download here.
For more information about Flexible Workspace or for more tips on how to implement in your organization, talk to your Microsoft account manager. Look for more information on the Flexible Workspace here on this blog.
"Many of us take our first conference call of the day from our car during the morning commute."
I would recommend, if you are driving to work, don't do that, for your own safety and the safety of fellow motorist and pedestrians. Nothing in the world could be that important for you to jump on a conference call while driving to work. If its that important, stay home and take the call, or wake early and arrive at work early or pull over and take the conference call.