Millennials Drive Changes in Collaboration Solutions
Millennials and mobility practically go hand in hand at this point. Just as millennials are rapidly becoming the majority in the U.S. and are set to comprise more than half of the global workforce by 2020, mobility is absolutely exploding. The two trends are in no way mutually exclusive and the mobile phenomenon now accounts for much more than consumer devices and services.
Very simply, millennials are driving the workforce and conversely demanding accessibility and mobility to support their contributions. Businesses of all sizes no longer have the luxury of managing and maintaining legacy, on-premises systems and physical space. This practice is prohibitively expensive, outdated and limits innovation and creativity, the key factors necessary to keep talented, productive millennials happy. Businesses that wish to stay competitive now and beyond must embrace mobility and the mobile office, which means they must accept change.
The mobile office isn’t just about devices and services. It’s about transforming the way workers communicate and collaborate through innovations in conferencing, the cloud and networking. These types of solutions are going to be necessary to support a mobile workforce estimated to reach 105.4 million by 2020, according to IDC. And that workforce needs tools to collaborate and communicate seamlessly, no matter where they are located and what type of device they are using.
The mobile cloud is playing a large role in facilitating the next generation of mobile conferencing and collaboration solutions. It offers flexibility, affordability and valuable access to real time data and analytics. Cloud services are also being offered with added layers of security and reliability, taking the burden off businesses to manage complex networking and security parameters.
Millennials are influencing all spheres of business, but mobility is perhaps one of the most important ones. As this next generation of workers becomes firmly entrenched in corporate culture, assuming more responsibility and influencing leadership, increased support for mobile conferencing and collaboration is no longer an option, but a necessity.
Edited by Alicia Young