Why CIOs Should Champion Workplace Changes

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 08-07-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Why CIOs Should Champion Workplace Changes

    Through virtual advisors, intelligent agents and other tech advancements, the digital workplace has arrived. Find out how it's driving business success.
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    Working Plan

    96% of the IT and business leaders surveyed said their organization has at least some elements of a digital workplace strategy in placeā€”or plans to have a strategy in place within two years.
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    On the Go

    27% said that most or all of their employees work "nomadically," moving around the office environment during the work day.
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    Nontraditional Approach

    28% said most or all of their employees work in a non-office environment.
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    Virtual Need, Part I

    62% of the IT and business leaders surveyed expect that virtual advisors will have a place in their organization within the next two years.
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    Virtual Need, Part II

    54% expect that they will have a practical use for intelligent agents within the next two years.
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    Stepping Up

    48% said that the CIO, CTO or IT director has emerged as their company's "champion of change" for driving work style changes.
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    53% of the IT and business leaders surveyed said smart meeting rooms that provide workers with "intuitive" access to various types of conferencing tech significantly improve business processes.
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    Top Drivers of Work Style Changes

    Productivity gains: 36%. Employee demand for greater flexibility: 33%. Availability of new tech and tools: 28%. Need to recruit and retain talent: 27%
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    Biggest Barriers for Work Style Changes

    IT issues: 62%. Organizational issues: 60%. Compliance requirements: 56%. Staff resistance to change: 54%
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    49% of the IT and business leaders surveyed said their company manages its own productivity software on-premises, and 43% said the same about business apps.
 

A combination of employee cultural shifts and the dominate role technology plays in our lives has resulted in organizations committing to a digital workplace, according to a recent survey from Dimension Data. The resulting report, "The Digital Workplace Report: Transforming Your Business," indicates that the vast majority of companies anticipate that they'll be deploying more artificial intelligence-enabled IT in the form of virtual advisors and intelligent agents, which essentially do a job for you. These businesses also plan to invest in smart meeting rooms that have access to the latest in conferencing technology. As CIOs and their teams champion these changes, they and organizational leaders are looking for greater gains in productivity, while also engaging employees who want more job flexibility. "Digital transformation manifests itself in organizations in many ways," according to the report. "But ask business leaders what they hope to accomplish, and it ultimately boils down to the same things: They want their employees to work together more effectively to boost productivity. They want to retain clients and gain new ones through better customer service. They want to drive down costs by consuming technology in new ways and leverage it to improve business processes. They want to gain an edge over their competitors. They want to embrace digital transformation to remain relevant in the face of the quickening pace of technology advances." More than 800 global IT and business leaders took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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