The future workplace will be hybrid  combining physical office space with remote working as organisations adjust to the socioeconomic shift accelerated by Covid-19. 

Forward-looking organisations are already adapting to a flexible, hybrid way of working, investing in technology that facilitates and unifies secure modern working throughout offices and homes. Physical spaces are not disappearing, but the way we use them is changing:  

Jennifer Adams, Corporate Development Director at Incremental:  

Our offices, which have now lay vacant for almost 10 months, were designed for a certain style of working – circa 70% of the space allocated for individual taskbased working and circ30% for collaboration and rest. We have surveyed our employees throughout the pandemic and it is clear the majority do not want to return to working in an office environment full timeWhat employees want to use the office for has changed. We will remodel our offices and working practices to address the future. 

Organisations can adapt their existing office spaces to enable a collaborative and dynamic working environment. But how is this achieved? What are the key technologies which can transform physical spaces into hybrid workplaces of the future?  

Sharing information securely with the cloud

One of the most fundamental technologies for facilitating a hybrid workplace is ensuring your business-critical solutions are cloudbased. Enabling employees to communicate, collaborate and access files and documents remotely is crucial for business continuity in a modern workplace. When sustaining hybrid working across an organisation, security of information is a key concern. Investing in secure cloud infrastructure is essential.  

Microsoft Azure is a cutting-edge cloud environment that enables application and webhosting, storage and virtualisation, hybrid integration and world-class cloud security. Azure cloud infrastructure is secure by design, allowing you to trust the integrity of the cloud and the movement of information between on-premises and remote locations 

Azure Files allows organisations to move legacy, on-premises data to the cloud in a secure and resilient environment, removing the need to connect users back to a central office or data centre.  

Azure Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) provides a secure, virtualised Windows 10 desktops which can be accesses by any laptop or computer. The virtual desktop can be personalised to an organisationrequirements and loaded with company applications, including access to Microsoft 365WVD facilitates secure remote access to user desktops incredibly quickly, enabling organisations to remain responsive and prepared for the uncertainties of the future. 

Rich collaboration with smart technology meeting rooms  

As the modern workplace continues to evolve, how we communicate and collaborate is changing. The workplace of the future will need to accommodate hybrid working and dynamic, connected meeting spaces that serve as teamwork hubs. 

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