By Brent Richtsmeier, Chairman of the Mopria Alliance Steering Committee and Vice President of the Solutions Innovation Group at Samsung Research America.
If office workers of the 1950s could board a time machine and travel to the present day, they would be flummoxed by what they would encounter.
Instead of scarred metal desks holding typewriters, notepads and pens, and rotary phones, they would be confronted with a multitude of screens – PC, laptop, smartphone, tablet, wearable – at every individual’s workspace and in conference rooms, lobbies and hallways. They would see meetings held virtually, with employees from across the globe interacting in real time via teleconference, and even employees in the same office using virtual chat mechanisms like Slack or Gchat to communicate instead of talking face-to-face.
The modern office exists in a highly digital world full of tools meant to solve problems and create efficiencies. But all of the devices that we use in a workplace ecosystem today – and the way the workplace itself is evolving – means there are new challenges to overcome.