Small and medium-sized enterprises, in particular, have to think about how to set themselves up to be competitive as a digital enterprise in the future. It's also about answering questions like:

Der Arbeitsplatz aus der Cloud sorgt für mehr Produktivität.
The workspace from the cloud provides more productivity.
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  • Is it possible to increase the work efficiency with a modern workplace?

  • How do you implement the modern workplace, which adds value to both employees and the company?

  • What technologies do I use to motivate employees, partners and customers to take on the new job?

Increase productivity through efficient teamwork

There is great potential for business applications from the cloud in the area of ​​collaboration or social business. It is about classic functionalities from well-known applications (such as ERP, CRM, ECM and Office systems) to modern functions for collaboration or workflow processing with social business software (information and file sharing, social networks, et cetera). For modern knowledge work, the potentials for the following scenarios are particularly high:

  • Exchange of documents and information

  • Communication and coordination in the team

For digital collaboration, the modern workplace would need sophisticated and legally compliant integration with existing applications.

Integration instead of isolated solutions

Hybrid solutions, which combine standardized social business applications from the cloud in a sensible way with existing on-premise installations, have to be just as uncomplicated as well-known consumer cloud services like Dropbox, WhatsApp & Co. - otherwise the employees use the solution Not.

Companies should provide their employees with solutions that, on the one hand, prevent the migration of critical data into an uncontrollable shadow IT and, on the other hand, provide maximum support for business processes. Comprehensive integration of a cloud-based work landscape brings greater flexibility and productivity to businesses, while facilitating and promoting innovation and knowledge transfer.

Flexibility is crucial

In the realization of the modern workplace, the focus should be on simple and flexible cooperation. Actually, of course! But if you look at the solutions in use, applications and documents usually form the core. However, a modern workplace should be about putting the activities of the users involved at the center of the action.

With mobile business solutions from the cloud, companies have the opportunity to design the entire process chain - from the supplier through the employees in the company to the customers - in order to optimize business processes and secure competitive advantages. Employees, customers and partners not only have to manage, edit and share communication data such as e-mail, fax, SMS and voice messages, but also address books, calendars, notes and documents, pictures and videos.

Investments in modern technologies are paying off

Solutions for mobile and contemporary collaboration from the cloud are already in abundance. It is up to the companies themselves to see if the modern workplace is implemented in order to boost creativity, innovation and, ultimately, competitiveness. However, the provision of technologies is only one requirement. Rather, the successful anchoring and use of technologies are key success factors.

The modern workplace of tomorrow will be influenced even more than today by the use of IT in the cloud. The future has just begun with exciting technologies such as virtual reality applications, speech recognition and artificial intelligence. The course is set but now. Persistence and satisfaction with today's status quo will not be enough to prepare for the future. Companies now have a great opportunity to future-ori- entise their organizations and processes. (HAF)