HP Discover 2013 Day 1 Highlight: What We Know About the Workplace of the Future

The first day of HP's Discover 2013 has come to a close! If you're not in Barcelona for the event, the best ways to keep up are to join the conversation by tweeting with the hashtag #HPDiscover or by tweeting @IntelBiz.  While not present in Spain myself, I am following along remotely and wanted to recap some thoughts.

The end of the year always marks a time of budgets, employee reviews, and industry check-ins. Yet, the air is often filled with mistletoe, wreaths, snow, and many predictions. Analysts, futurists, and industry experts examine IT's evolution over the past 12 months, and predict the impact of emerging business technology on the upcoming year.

Today, at HP's Discover 2013 in Barcelona, Andy Tryba, Intel's Director of Business Client Strategy and GM of Immersive Collaboration, presented the timely session: "The Future of Business Devices Will Change the Way You Work—Forever."

The presentation focused on the following three aspects of the changing workplace:

1.) How we work

The average information worker uses at least 3 or more devices during their work day - which is no longer the 9-5 schedule of previous generations. Now employees are spreading their workday out longer, but interspersing personal tasks throughout the day.

2.) The changing workforce

By the year 2020, Millennials will comprise 50 percent of the workforce. This generation of workers are already reliant on their mobile devices - 3 out of 4 Millennials use a smartphone in bed, and 9 out of 10 touch their smartphone before their toothbrush in the mornings.

3. Our patience for wasted time

We might feel that we're working more efficiently than ever, but the old adage "time is money" still applies in our digital age.

  • The average enterprise worker spends approximately 84 hours each year setting up tech in meetings (the phrases "I forgot the cord to plug my laptop into this monitor!" or "my screen isn't sharing the way it should be"are all-too-familiar to many workers).
  • The equivalent of $8,200 worth of employee time each year is spent on file management activities.
  • Employees spend, on average, approximately 1.5 work days each year entering passwords.

This all adds up to a lot of wasted time for frustrated employees, and wasted productivity and money for employers.

Making business easier to conduct is a focus of Intel. Andy explains (video below) how Intel is developing technology that would eliminate workers' digital frustrations, and enable the way employees want to work - wirelessly, intuitively, and powerfully. For specific examples, check out 9:00-11:30 in Andy's presentation:

In the comments section, tell us: Out of the innovative technology in Andy's presentation, which would make the biggest difference in your office?

Interested in a wireless workplace? Check out the latest research on enterprise mobile trends.

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