A blueprint for the future Asia Pacific workplace
Cloud computing has opened a new era of real estate possibility for Asia Pacific companies and their workforces. By allowing firms to store and process virtually limitless amounts of data remotely, and obtain services and applications on demand, the cloud is reducing the space and resources companies need to run and maintain technology infrastructure.
The migration to the cloud is being fuelled by, and contributing to, the proliferation of portable computing devices (including smartphones) and the Internet of Things (IoT) – the vast and growing network of internet-enabled objects capable of connecting and exchanging information, from temperature sensors to smart security cameras.
Together, these forces are giving rise to what Colliers International terms the Internet of the Workplace (IoW) – a digitally integrated enterprise architecture that exists in the virtual as well as the physical environment, connecting employees and enabling them to collaborate and perform regardless of location.
Applying the IoW gives enterprises the ability to ‘cloud the workforce’ adopting decentralised structures that mirror the cloud computing environment, based around multiple remote teams that can be rapidly combined or scaled as needed, rather than a large central office. In a fast-paced, competitive business environment, clouding the workforce can make companies more agile and cost-effective. It is also more in tune with the needs and expectations of today’s workforce, with positive impacts for employee well-being and productivity.
Like any transformation, clouding the workforce can prove disruptive for enterprises themselves and the commercial real estate industry, upending longstanding business models, and forcing landlords and occupiers to adapt to new demands. Through careful planning and the right approaches companies can navigate this disruption while capturing the benefits of the cloud – a journey that will be explored in this paper.