The digital transformation has many names, but one thing is certain: it encompasses and transforms all aspects of human life, whether private or professional. To some extent, “work” and “life” almost merge together. What does working in the office of the future now look like?

The office of the future: mobile AND stationary

Future work environments will certainly (have to) be more flexible, digital, and mobile in order to compete with others – but certainly also to meet the increasing demands of employees and potential professionals. And not just because a new generation is growing up, who have known about and had access to digital technologies since they were children (Generation Y and Generation Z). Office and mobile work must not and should not be mutually exclusive.

Terms like “smart worker” and “knowledge worker” are doing the rounds. The challenge is to make the existing knowledge of individuals and people in the company usable – if possible for all areas, and as far as possible independent of location and time. Current and future IT solutions will certainly play a major role in this. The same can be said for software and solutions for Enterprise Content Management. Today, they already bundle the increasing volume of information from various sources into a single platform and make it available (e.g. in electronic files) across the board.

Graphic 1: 76% of office workers prefer working at the office desk (Source: Infographics “The Future Workplace,” Evolving Workforce Research 2014, TNS Global for DELL & Intel)

You can still help to shape the digital transformation!

Industry-specific and cross-industry solutions can also tap into further potentials for savings in the office of the future. And this is also expected by companies: a good half of industrial companies expect Industry 4.0 applications to reduce their costs (47 percent, source: Bitkom). However, the digital competitiveness of German organizations varies significantly. In terms of implementing digitalization, there is a need to catch up, both in industrial companies and in municipalities and public authorities. One thing is clear: business areas will change and organizations that hold off on a digitalization strategy and don’t (re)design work environments will be left further behind the competition than they think. One in four companies confirmed: “Competitors from our industry who focused on digitalization early are ahead of us.” (Source: Bitkom).

Digitalization is a highly relevant topic

For all industries, departments, and employees. What does it mean and where is it leading us? Is a digitalization strategy worthwhile? And what does Enterprise Content Management actually have to do with anything? Answers, guidance, and assistance can be found in our “5 Minute Guide: What is Digitalization.” Request it free of charge!

The digital competitiveness of German companies varies from industry to industry. (Source: Bitkom position paper “Digital Sovereignty,” 2015)