A Future Decoded conference is always a fascinating event for the team at SystemsUp.

This week’s event at ExCel London certainly opened our eyes to the fact that what we once considered as science fiction is now science fact. We learned that synthetic DNA strands can be grown and used as an ultra-high density storage medium, and that human kind is one step closer to a Star Trek Holodeck with Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed reality technology.

Yet as well as all the sci-fi excitement, Future Decoded also allows us to distil our thoughts on how we can use Microsoft technologies to help our clients improve the way they work and deliver their services. And the past two days has again given us plenty to think about, particularly around how the future workspace might look. And I say workspace rather than workplace as Microsoft repeated its assertions about mobility of the future workforce. It’s not about where we work anymore, it’s about how we work.

Panos Panay, Microsoft’s head of devices, made a bold statement, that “In three years, 50% of the global workforce will be mobile.” That’s a real challenge for those businesses that aren’t able to adhere to that concept just yet. However for others that are able to adapt, and that includes many of our clients, they are ready but there are some big questions about mobility that they need answered:

  • Will it be cost-effective?
  • Is it secure?
  • Will it give my workforce a positive experience?
  • Will the management of this new way of working be simple?

The answer to all of these questions is YES! The tools are changing to enable us all to become more productive and competitive, and we must embrace them before our current way of working becomes an obstacle for our businesses. Many of us already operate across multiple devices during our working week: our laptop; our smartphone; and even our home tablet. Managing these devices to ensure that users get the apps and security they need is the essence of the modern workplace. The technology is rapidly evolving, so how do we keep on top of it is of critical importance.

It’s predicted that up to 75% of the workforce will be made up of millennials by 2025. What does this mean? This is the generation that has grown up with technology. The cultural shift and evolution of the modern workspace is therefore inevitable due to the influence, expectations and innovations from this new group of entrepreneurs and employees.

One of the technical sessions at Future Decoded was entitled: Enhance your security posture against Advanced Threats. In this session we were reminded that “Windows 7 is an operating system that was developed over a decade ago and wasn’t built for the security threat landscape we currently face today.” Which is why the Windows 10 platform evolves twice a year. Microsoft can’t afford to sit still and neither can we because, even with all the new security innovations that come to market, attacks will keep evolving to become ever more sophisticated.

It’s clear from Future Decoded that Microsoft’s commitment to innovation is exceptional. At SystemsUp we’re very much looking forward to continuing to help businesses leverage these tools and technologies to enhance their productivity and security.

By Drew Thomas, Solutions Architect, SystemsUp

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