Tech Brief for CIOs: What to Know About Creating Connected Workplaces

Much has been written about the need to transform to a digital workplace. The stakes are high. Former Cisco CEO John Chambers has predicted 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies will not exist in the next 10 years owing to a failure to adapt to the digital era. For most CIOs, digital workplace initiatives are on the radar if not the roadmap.

Digital workplace transformation is broad in scope and ambitious in its objectives. Though details vary, most digital workplace initiatives seek to increase employee engagement, support the changing nature of work, and align workplace technology with business objectives. This article will address a specific aspect of workplace transformation: creating connected workplaces. A connected workplace is a collaborative environment that enables fast communication, information-sharing in real-time, and the ability to quickly work together to solve day-to-day business challenges.

We recently partnered with IDG Networks to better understand how CIOs are enabling the transformation to a connected and collaborative workplace. This article will share the survey results and offer insights into what you can expect from your own initiative.  

Are you interested in seeing more results from the AVI-SPL/IDG Networks study? Business Case Starter - View Now

Top Use Cases Driving CIOs to Consider Connected Workplace Initiatives

Part of the changing nature of work is the number of people we must collaborate with on a daily basis just to get our work done. CEB found that 60 percent of us work with 10 or more people daily, and 63 percent of us regularly interact across different locations. With collaboration so integral to work, it’s not surprising that the primary reason CIOs give for pursuing a connected workplace is to improve their employees’ ability to quickly collaborate with remote colleagues.

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CEB calls the highly connected, collaborative worker an “enterprise contributor.” They suggest that companies that develop enterprise contributors have “twice the impact on financial outcomes.” Despite the importance of creating and enabling highly collaborative workers, CEB found that only 17 percent of employees today are enterprise contributors.

The AVI-SPL/IDG study echoes that finding as only 16 percent of companies with 250-999 employees believed they had mastered the connected workplace. That percentage jumped to 41 in companies with more than 1,000 employees. For many of the rest, moving from the radar to the roadmap is a critical next step.

Do you need help identifying and describing use cases for the connected workspace? Contact our collaboration solutions team.

CIOs Share Top Challenges to Their Connected Workplace Initiative

What do you need to watch out for as you plan a connected and collaborative workplace? The CIOs in the AVI-SPL/IDG study shared a few challenges and concerns that surfaced in the planning phase. For 43 percent of CIOs, the top challenge is a lack of resources and budget. Other top challenges include:

  • Designing a space that fits with organizational culture/strategy
  • Difficulty quantifying the benefits
  • Choosing a technology as a standard
  • Technology integration and interoperability

Do you need help justifying your investment in a Connected Workplace initiative? Business Case Toolkit - Download Now or Business Case Starter - View Now

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Fifty-seven percent of CIOs expect external vendors to reduce the burden on IT, followed by expecting them to provide access to the latest technologies (48 percent). When we look at all respondents in the early planning phases of connected workplace initiatives, the top expected benefit is still to reduce the burden on IT (56 percent), closely followed by an expectation for optimized operations.

Talk to us about how we've helped CIOs more quickly resolve technical issues and access the latest technologies.

Start Your Connected Workplace Initiative

Whether you are evaluating use cases or starting your business plan, consider working with a partner that has steered many companies to connected workplace mastery. Not only can an AV integrator like AVI-SPL reduce the burden placed on your IT team and provide access to the latest collaboration and communication technology, they can quickly resolve technical issues and put you back on the path to workplace success.

Contact AVI-SPL

About AVI-SPL

AVI-SPL designs, builds, integrates, and supports the systems and environments that enable communication and collaboration. AVI-SPL has highly trained and certified system engineers in offices throughout the United States, Canada, and EMEA in addition to an international network of solution providers in 30 countries. Visit www.avispl.com for more information or connect with AVI-SPL on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Contact AVI-SPL to learn how a properly sourced and strategically deployed collaboration solution can help your organization take the next step to realizing connected work as part of a truly digital, collaborative enterprise. 1.866.559.8197.

Tech Brief for IT Directors: What to Know about Creating Connected Workplaces

Much has been written about the need to transform to a digital workplace. The stakes are high. Former Cisco CEO John Chambers has predicted 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies will not exist in the next 10 years owing to a failure to adapt to the digital era. For most CIOs, digital workplace initiatives are on the radar if not the roadmap.

Digital workplace transformation is broad in scope and ambitious in its objectives. Though details vary, most digital workplace initiatives seek to increase employee engagement, support the changing nature of work, and align workplace technology with business objectives. This article will address a specific aspect of workplace transformation: creating connected workplaces. A connected workplace is a collaborative environment that enables fast communication, information-sharing in real-time, and the ability to quickly work together to solve day-to-day business challenges.

We recently partnered with IDG Networks to better understand how CIOs are enabling the transformation to a connected and collaborative workplace. This article will share the survey results and offer insights into what you can expect from your own initiative.

Are you interested in seeing more results from the AVI-SPL/IDG Networks study? Business Case Starter - View Now

Top Use Cases Driving IT Directors to Consider Connected Workplace Initiatives

Part of the changing nature of work is the number of people we must collaborate with on a daily basis just to get our work done. CEB found that 60 percent of us work with 10 or more people daily, and 63 percent of us regularly interact across different locations. With collaboration so integral to work, it’s not surprising that the primary reason CIOs give for pursuing a connected workplace is to improve their employees’ ability to quickly collaborate with remote colleagues.

Why IT Directors are Exploring Connected Workspaces - Click to enlarge
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CEB calls the highly connected, collaborative worker an “enterprise contributor.” They suggest that companies that develop enterprise contributors have “twice the impact on financial outcomes.” Despite the importance of creating and enabling highly collaborative workers, CEB found that only 17 percent of employees today are enterprise contributors.

The AVI-SPL/IDG study echoes that finding as only 16 percent of companies with 250-999 employees believed they had mastered the connected workplace. That percentage jumped to 41 in companies with more than 1,000 employees. For many of the rest, moving from the radar to the roadmap is a critical next step.

Do you need help identifying and describing use cases for the connected workspace? Contact our collaboration solutions team.

IT Directors Share Top Challenges to Their Connected Workplace Initiative

What do you need to watch out for as you plan a connected and collaborative workplace? The IT directors in the AVI-SPL/IDG study shared a few challenges and concerns that surfaced in the planning phase. For 38 percent of IT directors, two challenges tie for the top spot: low technology adoption/use and a lack of resources and budget. Other top challenges include:

  • Lack of strategic guidance
  • Lack of resources to monitor and manage meeting rooms
  • Difficulty quantifying the benefits of technology investments
  • Choosing a technology as our standard

Do you need help justifying your investment in a Connected Workplace initiative? Business Case Toolkit - Download Now or Business Case Starter - View Now

IT Directors Expect External Partners to Deliver Important Benefits

Most IT directors and IT teams will work with external vendors that specialize in designing, building, and managing communication and collaboration spaces. These relationships can accelerate connected workplace initiatives and provide many important benefits. The IT directors in our survey identified several benefits they expected from these vendors.

What IT Directors Expect from External Partners - Click to enlarge
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Forty-eight percent of IT directors expect external vendors to help them resolve technical issues faster and forty-three percent expect the relationship to improve user satisfaction. When we look at all respondents in the early planning phases of connected workplace initiatives, the top expected benefit is still to reduce the burden on IT (56 percent), closely followed by an expectation for optimized operations.

Talk to us about how we've helped IT directors more quickly resolve technical issues and improve user satisfaction.

Start Your Connected Workplace Initiative

Whether you are evaluating use cases or starting your business plan, consider working with a partner that has steered many companies to connected workplace mastery. Not only can an AV integrator like AVI-SPL reduce the burden placed on your IT team and provide access to the latest collaboration and communication technology, they can quickly resolve technical issues and put you back on the path to workplace success.

Contact AVI-SPL

About AVI-SPL

AVI-SPL designs, builds, integrates, and supports the systems and environments that enable communication and collaboration. AVI-SPL has highly trained and certified system engineers in offices throughout the United States, Canada, and EMEA in addition to an international network of solution providers in 30 countries. Visit www.avispl.com for more information or connect with AVI-SPL on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Contact AVI-SPL to learn how a properly sourced and strategically deployed collaboration solution can help your organization take the next step to realizing connected work as part of a truly digital, collaborative enterprise. 1.866.559.8197.

Tech Brief for IT Managers: What to Know about Creating Connected Workplaces

Much has been written about the need to transform to a digital workplace. The surge in personal device use, an increasingly mobile workforce, the consumerization of business tools, and changes in worker demographics make traditional workspaces and communication tools obsolete. For most IT managers, digital workplace initiatives are on the radar if not the roadmap.

Digital workplace transformation is broad in scope and ambitious in its objectives. Though details vary, most digital workplace initiatives seek to increase employee engagement, support the changing nature of work, and align workplace technology with business objectives. This article will address a specific aspect of workplace transformation: creating connected workplaces. A connected workplace is a collaborative environment that enables fast communication, information-sharing in real-time, and the ability to quickly work together to solve day-to-day business challenges.

We recently partnered with IDG Networks to better understand how IT managers are enabling the transformation to a connected and collaborative workplace. This article will share the survey results and offer insights into what you can expect from your own initiative.  

Are you interested in seeing more results from the AVI-SPL/IDG Networks study? Business Case Starter - View Now

Top Use Cases Driving IT Managers to Consider Connected Workplace Initiatives

Part of the changing nature of work is the number of people we must collaborate with on a daily basis just to get our work done. CEB found that 60 percent of us work with 10 or more people daily, and 63 percent of us regularly interact across different locations. With collaboration so integral to work, it’s not surprising that the primary reason CIOs give for pursuing a connected workplace is to improve their employees’ ability to quickly collaborate with remote colleagues. Of equal importance to IT managers is employee engagement and satisfaction.

Why IT Managers are Exploring Connected Workspaces: Employee satisfaction and engagement; remote meetings with vendors and clients; quick collaboration with off-site colleagues or employees; meetings with executives.

CEB calls the highly connected, collaborative worker an “enterprise contributor.” They suggest that companies that develop enterprise contributors have “twice the impact on financial outcomes.” Despite the importance of creating and enabling highly collaborative workers, CEB found that only 17 percent of employees today are enterprise contributors.

The AVI-SPL/IDG study echoes that finding as only 16 percent of companies with 250-999 employees believed they had mastered the connected workplace. That percentage jumped to 41 in companies with more than 1,000 employees. For many of the rest, moving from the radar to the roadmap is a critical next step.

Do you need help identifying and describing use cases for the connected workspace? Contact our collaboration solutions team.

IT Managers Share Top Challenges to Their Connected Workplace Initiative

What do you need to watch out for as you plan a connected and collaborative workplace? The IT managers in the AVI-SPL/IDG study shared a few challenges and concerns that surfaced in the planning phase. For 56 percent of IT managers, the top challenge is a lack of resources and budget. Other top challenges include:

  • Poor technology performance/latency
  • Lack of strategic guidance
  • Technology integration and interoperability
  • Lack of technical and training support

These results show that IT managers are more concerned about technical issues and support than CIOs and IT directors, perhaps because they work more closely with end users. Vote for your top challenges in our quick poll.

Do you need help justifying your investment in a Connected Workplace initiative? Business Case Toolkit - Download Now or Business Case Starter - View Now

IT Managers Expect External Partners to Deliver Important Benefits

Most IT managers and IT teams will work with external vendors that specialize in designing, building, and managing communication and collaboration spaces. These relationships can accelerate connected workplace initiatives and provide many important benefits. The IT managers in our survey identified several benefits they expected from these vendors.

What IT Managers Expect from External Partners - Click to enlarge
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Sixty-three percent of IT managers expect external vendors to reduce the burden on IT and fifty-six percent expect the relationship to help optimize operations. When we look at all respondents in the early planning phases of connected workplace initiatives, the top expected benefit is still to reduce the burden on IT (56 percent), closely followed by an expectation for optimized operations.

Talk to us about how we've helped IT managers reduce the burden on their team and optimize operations.

Start Your Connected Workplace Initiative

Whether you are evaluating use cases or starting your business plan, consider working with a partner that has steered many companies to connected workplace mastery. Not only can an AV integrator like AVI-SPL reduce the burden placed on your IT team and provide access to the latest collaboration and communication technology, they can quickly resolve technical issues and put you back on the path to workplace success.

Contact AVI-SPL

About AVI-SPL

AVI-SPL designs, builds, integrates, and supports the systems and environments that enable communication and collaboration. AVI-SPL has highly trained and certified system engineers in offices throughout the United States, Canada, and EMEA in addition to an international network of solution providers in 30 countries. Visit www.avispl.com for more information or connect with AVI-SPL on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Contact AVI-SPL to learn how a properly sourced and strategically deployed collaboration solution can help your organization take the next step to realizing connected work as part of a truly digital, collaborative enterprise. 1.866.559.8197.

Tech Brief for Facilities Managers: What to Know about Creating Connected Workplaces

Much has been written about the need to transform to a digital workplace. The once-prized independent contributor has given way to what CEB calls the enterprise contributor. These workers thrive in a more connected and collaborative work environment. For most Facilities Managers, digital workplace initiatives that support this work style are on the radar if not the roadmap.

Digital workplace transformation is broad in scope and ambitious in its objectives. Though details vary, most digital workplace initiatives seek to increase employee engagement, support the changing nature of work, and align workplace technology with business objectives. This article will address a specific aspect of workplace transformation: creating connected workplaces. A connected workplace is a collaborative environment that enables fast communication, information-shar­ing in real-time, and the ability to quickly work together to solve day-to-day business challenges.

We recently partnered with IDG Networks to better understand how companies are creating a connected and collaborative workplace. This article will share the survey results and offer insights into what you can expect from your own initiative.

Are you interested understanding how the Internet of Things (IoT) improves employee work and provides actionable data for space and technology planning?  The Facility Manager's Guide to IoT in Meeting Spaces

Top Use Cases Driving Business Leaders to Consider Connected Workplace Initiatives

Part of the changing nature of work is the number of people we must collaborate with on a daily basis just to get our work done. CEB found that 60 percent of us work with 10 or more people daily, and 63 percent of us regularly interact across different locations. With collaboration so integral to work, it’s not surprising that the primary reason CIOs give for pursuing a connected workplace is to improve their employees’ ability to quickly collaborate with remote colleagues.

Why Business Leaders are Exploring Connected Workspaces - Click to enlarge
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Creating an environment that enables employee engagement and increases satisfaction is high on the priority list for facilities managers because of the strong correlation between engaged, connected workers and financial gains for the company. CEB research has found that companies that develop enterprise contributors have “twice the impact on financial outcomes.” Despite the importance of creating and enabling highly collaborative workers, CEB found that only 17 percent of employees today are enterprise contributors.

Do you need help identifying and describing use cases for the connected workspace? Contact our collaboration solutions team.

IT Directors Share Top Challenges to Their Connected Workplace Initiative

What do you need to watch out for as you plan a connected and collaborative workplace? The IT directors in the AVI-SPL/IDG study shared a few challenges and concerns that surfaced in the planning phase. For 38 percent of IT directors, two challenges tie for the top spot: low technology adoption/use and a lack of resources and budget. Other top challenges include:

  • Lack of strategic guidance
  • Lack of resources to monitor and manage meeting rooms
  • Difficulty quantifying the benefits of technology investments
  • Choosing a technology as our standard

Do you need help justifying your investment in a Connected Workplace initiative? Business Case Toolkit - Download Now or Business Case Starter - View Now

IT Directors Expect External Partners to Deliver Important Benefits

Most IT directors and IT teams will work with external vendors that specialize in designing, building, and managing communication and collaboration spaces. These relationships can accelerate connected workplace initiatives and provide many important benefits. The IT directors in our survey identified several benefits they expected from these vendors.

What Business Leaders Expect from External Partners - Click to enlarge
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Forty-eight percent of IT directors expect external vendors to help them resolve technical issues faster and forty-three percent expect the relationship to improve user satisfaction. When we look at all respondents in the early planning phases of connected workplace initiatives, the top expected benefit is still to reduce the burden on IT (56 percent), closely followed by an expectation for optimized operations.

Talk to us about how we've helped companies more quickly resolve technical issues and access the latest technologies.

Start Your Connected Workplace Initiative

Whether you are evaluating use cases or starting your business plan, consider working with a partner that has steered many companies to connected workplace mastery. Not only can an AV integrator like AVI-SPL reduce the burden placed on your IT team and provide access to the latest collaboration and communication technology, they can quickly resolve technical issues and put you back on the path to workplace success.

Contact AVI-SPL

About AVI-SPL

AVI-SPL designs, builds, integrates, and supports the systems and environments that enable communication and collaboration. AVI-SPL has highly trained and certified system engineers in offices throughout the United States, Canada, and EMEA in addition to an international network of solution providers in 30 countries. Visit www.avispl.com for more information or connect with AVI-SPL on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Contact AVI-SPL to learn how a properly sourced and strategically deployed collaboration solution can help your organization take the next step to realizing connected work as part of a truly digital, collaborative enterprise. 1.866.559.8197.