What the Personalization of Work Means, or the BYOx Factor, Part II


    We all know BYOD is here to stay, that conventional office working conditions are being blasted away as  employees demand to use the devices that they know and love.

    The movement is growing so fast that 38 percent of companies expect to stop providing devices to workers by 2016, according to a global survey of CIOs by Gartner, Inc.'s Executive Programs. "BYOD strategies are the most radical change to the economics and the culture of client computing in business in decades," said David Willis, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.

    So, if CIOs want to ride this wave instead of wiping out, they also need to consider the full range of cultural changes that Gartner says will forever alter the workplace.

    With that in mind, we offer CIOs a picture of what the BYOD workplace will look like in the near future as workers fully express themselves with the devices, (and accoutrements) they embrace.

    In a BYOD cube, the worker is using the ShoreTel Dock, plugged into the ShoreTel unified communications platform with an Apple iPad, iPhone, or Android device.

    On the floor is a space heater or fan, depending on the office temperature. The space heater was one of the first personal items workers brought to the office. Being comfortable, after all, is essential.

    And who wants to use the pedestrian kitchen coffee maker when you can have a perfect cup of coffee from, say, a Kuerig Coffee Maker, or a Kono Coffee Dripper. In addition, workers found they could enjoy their music at the office with Apple iTunes.

    But with the personalization of work taking hold, the possibilities are endless. Stay tuned as this series outlines more of the changes brought about by what we call BYOx factor.

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