5 Dec

Activity-Based Working – Lessons for the future

Pam Fleming - Fuji Xerox Australia
Customer & Market Insights
Activity-Based Working – Lessons for the future

In a luncheon held by Fuji Xerox Australia in Sydney recently, I was privileged to facilitate a discussion between a panel of industry experts who spoke about their experiences in the deployment of activity-based working within their own organisations. Discussions ranged from where to start (by talking to staff about their needs and peers about what they have learned in their own deployments) to how to measure and continually improve the experience. The overwhelming conclusion is that there is not a single “right” way to introduce flexible workspaces and there is not a “one size fits all” but we can all learn from each other. The panel was made up of professionals from …

18 Oct

Working towards a cloud future

Working towards a cloud future

Last month I attended the “Transitioning to Digital Recordkeeping” Conference along with records managers across Australian government departments which just happened to be in Canberra at the same location as FutureGov. One event concentrating on how to change the way government works, and how government and citizens can connect in a better more effective way, and the other working out how to keep a record of it all. The premise of the conference was all too familiar; too much information, not enough government policy, and emerging technologies. Records management in the cloud was the focus of the panel session in which I participated. Having listened to a couple of the presentations and subsequent …

9 Oct

Bring Your Own Technology – Threat or Opportunity?

Bring Your Own Technology – Threat or Opportunity?

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving” – Albert Einstein In this great quote from the 1930s, we could quite easily substitute the word ‘Life’ with ‘Technology’. While technology remains a competitive differentiator, it can be assumed that most companies have good technology and it is only the laggards that may now work with/employ technology that is sub-par. The BYO concept has been around in various forms for as long as we have had personal computers and mobile phones. I have been using my personal devices for various work tasks for the last 10 years, albeit until recently, supplemented by corporate technology. High speed home internet, …

13 Aug

Brave New Working

Brave New Working

In a recent report titled ‘Activity Based Working – The Hybrid Organisation: Buildings,’ –author Philip Ross – a commentator and consultant specialising in the impact of emerging technology on the world of work and the workplace – argues that ‘most of the assumptions and rules of the past are no longer valid.’ Work is becoming a process, not a place, and sustainability will be one of the key drivers of this change. In this day and age, as people are increasingly adopting flexible working schedules, it is not sustainable to have desks or offices empty. Nor is it sustainable to make commuting compulsory for employees, five days per week. However, there are other …

20 Jun

Too much information — Towards a Semantic Web

Too much information — Towards a Semantic Web

One of the main problems facing workers today is information overload. The total amount of digital information created in 2011 will be around 1.8 zetabytes – that’s the equivalent of 57.5 billion 32GB iPads – and it’s growing at a rate of around 65% each year. Present and future businesses will have to figure out a way to cope with what I call “infobesity”, a growing trend which shows no sign of slowing in the future. Trying to curb the amount of information we produce is a futile task at best (and a self-destructive one at worst). Nowadays, information is the lifeblood of any organisation, which means we need to focus on making …

7 Jun

Five Lessons for the Future Office

Five Lessons for the Future Office

Like it or not, the office is here to stay. Although there’s been a lot made of telecommuting and mobile productivity, offices will still play an irreplaceable part in the work environment of the future. Simply put, offices provide spaces for people to work together, in the flesh – and no matter how much bandwidth or processing power we can muster, there’s something about face-to-face communication which no computer screen can ever match. Of course, the office is going to have to change radically in the future to stay relevant to strong business practice. The best office spaces will encourage productivity and collaboration while also giving employees the flexibility to come in only …

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The next generation of work opens the door to new opportunities and challenges. The workplace of tomorrow will be a transformed place where greater mobility, increased innovation, collaboration and employee flexibility will be key drivers of change. At Fuji Xerox Australia we help businesses integrate data, documents and business processes and turn tomorrow’s documents into knowledge. Nextwork explores the dawn of the ‘new working world’ and how we can successfully harness the opportunities and mitigate the challenges of tomorrow.

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