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Design and Tech Deployment Critical to Workplace of the Future

August 19, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Henry Dewing / No Jitter

Meeting space design and collaboration technology deployment are critical components to delivering world-class innovation in the workplace of the future.

In the workplace of the future, employees will be less likely to be collocated with their peers, more likely to be part of multiple teams, and will spend more of their working career collaborating with ecosystem partners.

As work becomes something employees do, not someplace they go, the 24x7, mobile workforce needs new technology to support communications and collaboration. Architects are reacting to these trends by designing unique workspaces, like Pixar's Steve Jobs-inspired headquarters designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson where the grand atrium is a crossroads of people and ideas. Or Google's whimsically high tech offices designed by Frank Gehry that reflect the personalities of the local work force in each office. Some companies are choosing to outsource the issue, leveraging cowork or temporary office space.

These disparate decisions about workplace design highlight the challenges and opportunities businesses face today. If a company is going to expend corporate resources building and running office space, that space must ooze with purpose that makes employees want to be there so that they can get work done.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Henry Dewing has participated in every aspect of the telecommunications market. In addition to advising industry leaders as a management consultant and industry analyst, he has worked for service providers, equipment manufacturers, solutions developers, integrators and resellers in roles ranging across all aspects of the industry and has witnessed major technical and market changes, from stored program control and advanced intelligent networks to cloud and social business. Whether you call it Information & Communications Technology, Convergence, Collaboration Services, or Systems of Engagement, he has observed and taken advantage of the trends in the market. Henry began his career in operations, engineering, and corporate finance at Verizon, and has worked in product management, marketing and business development for Compaq, Intel and Nokia. He has spent over a decade as an advisor to the industry as a Managing Consultant at AT Kearney and a Principal Analyst at Forrester Research. He holds a BS in Physics-Engineering and Mathematics from Washington and Lee University and an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.

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