Kristian Krohn Djurhuus
What's next with digital workspaces?
Opdateret: 30. dec. 2020
Two buzz-words such as business processes and digital workspaces might sound like a fluffy combination. However, there is no doubt that we have only seen the beginning of automation, communication and business intelligence being heavily integrated into our digital workspaces.
Slack was recently acquired by Salesforce for a staggering 27.7 Billion $. Microsoft Teams have surged from 44 million users in March 2020 to more than 115 million in less than 9 months. Google has joined the bandwagon and launched their workspace that combines their chat, e-mail etc. in one interface. Even though not being a workspace as such, the popular video platform Zoom has exploded from 10 million daily meeting participants back in December 2019, to a whooping 300 million when Corona hit in spring 2020.
In 2011 Podio was on the forefront of the vision for how communication, data and business processes would be automated and gathered in a single workspace. Podio's flexible and cost-effective platform has proven more relevant than ever this year. McKinseys recent report on How COVID-19 has pushed companies over the technology tipping point also emphasizes how COVID-19 have accelerated the adoption of digital technologies by several years. As an example, the respondents from this survey, states that their respective companies have moved 40 times more quickly in regards to remote work, than thought possible before the pandemic . The competitive advantage of organisations that are investing and experimenting with digitisation, compared to organisations not doing this, are also becoming concretely apparent in the same report. So, there are still vast opportunities for business process automation and our remote work situation, has now left us with no choice than to become more digitized. Popular acronyms such as RPA (Robotic process automations) just underlines that automation of manual processes have truly hit the executive agenda.
With a decade of experience in process automation and a background in Sociology, partner in WorkWays Anders Bendix Kiel states that:
"This have been a record year for WorkWays. I think 2021 will be the year where we will be better at integrating automation and data into collaborative workspaces like Microsoft Teams. When assembling information and communication in workspaces, it also makes natural sense that we begin to see things like more real-time business data in dashboards that are accessible for employees. The remote work situation, makes this an absolute necessity"
Morten Weeth, economist and also partner in WorkWays adds:
"We know that automation and real-time insights provides a remarkable competitive advantage across a range of different industries. Besides this, resources can be freed up for employees to focus on much more valuable tasks and challenges. We have for instance had a client within B2B real estate introducing a 4-day work week, due to a successful Podio solution"
Are you having thoughts on how to build your business process automation, how to bake this in with communication and actually having this data real-time visualized in your workspace?
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