This past week I had the opportunity to attend Gartner’s Digital Workplace Summit in London, England. It was very well attended by nearly 1,000 people from all across the world. Why did I travel so far to attend this conference and what is so important about the digital workplace that so many people would spend two full days listening to dozens of presentations? Also, is the digital workplace such a novel concept? Hasn’t it been around for decades now? Well, the answer is yes and no.
In its 2016 Cool Vendor report on the Digital Workplace (of which APPrise Mobile was recognized as being one of the cool vendors), Gartner defines digital workplace in the following way:
A digital workplace isn’t a product one can buy. Nor can an enterprise reshape itself overnight as a digital workplace. Instead, a digital workplace is the realization of applied effort in multiple areas, and the result of partnerships between business, HR and IT departments. Gartner envisions that the digital workplace will enable organizations to attract and retain employees, increase transparency, and embrace the changing nature of work and collaboration. It will help organizations bring employees onboard, give them the skills they need to succeed, enable them to feel valued and heard, and allow them to contribute.
So, with this in mind, here are a few key thoughts that I picked up during the sessions that I attended (and that APPrise Mobile will definitely consider as we continue to develop our mobile app for employees in order to continue to be at the forefront of this burgeoning segment of the technology landscape).