IBM Predicts 9 Smart Work Trends for 2009
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Through a set of technology and work-style trend predictions, IBM recently outlined
how people will conduct business more efficiently and effectively within a
"smart planet," IBM’s view of an increasingly connected and instrumented world,
shaping tomorrow at work.
IBM’s nine Smarter Work trends for 2009 include:
2 - Messaging will move beyond basic email and calendaring to become an integrated platform for communication, collaboration and sharing of resources.
3 - Organizations will begin managing their workforces primarily through the use of human networks. Employee skills and interests will be easily cataloged, helping employers find the perfect fit for projects and assignments.
4 - Unified communications will enable interaction through any mode via any computing device. Rich presence will drive interactions; instant messaging will be the defacto form of communication; traditional telephony will give way to "voice collaboration."
5 - Despite challenging economic conditions in 2009, the affordability and ease of using cloud-based software services will transform many small-medium businesses and individual corporate departments into global trading partners.
6 - Free and inexpensive technology will spread, allowing cash-strapped organizations to weather the storm of economic uncertainty with everything from office desktop productivity to social networking and collaboration in the cloud.
7 - The availability of essential business applications, the growing popularity of Netbooks, budget pressures and general maturity of the platform will push Linux on the desktop towards critical mass.
8 - Business applications will increasingly become interactive on mobile devices.
9 - Mashup technology will become increasingly used by IT and line of business workers to create a millions of morphing situational applications to solve daily problems.
According to Bob Picciano, General Manager, IBM Lotus Software, "We have more reasons to change now. We can’t simply go about our business relying on resource-draining business trips, over-crowded inboxes, paper-based operations and hierarchical methods of finding the answers we need. It’s time to work smarter and build a smarter planet."
I agree with Bob, now is the time to work smarter. Here are some more tips from Bob on how individuals and businesses can start working smarter right now. He suggests that people start working one day per week without using email as the primary application (what do you think of that?). Instead, they should rely more on collaborative Web 2.0 technologies like social networking, instant messaging and unified communications. Bob recommends that people at work form social and professional networks with the experts in the fields most important to them based on the daily demonstration of their expertise, not based on their title. Businesses can also connect with people and resources more efficiently and economically in the cloud — or over the Web — with reliable, secure software services.
I believe here at My developerWorks, we are doing exactly what Bob has recommended in terms of providing a professional network where developers can easily connect and collaborate with each other as well as experts in the areas that are most important to them. I really like the way Bob defines experts as individuals who are recognized based on the daily demonstration of their expertise, not based on their title. So do you think you are an expert? Do you want to be recognized as an expert? Then be active, get engaged, collaborate and demonstrate your expertise (daily) here at My developerWorks. You will be quickly recognized by your peers and the community.
Please let me know what you think about IBM's predictions on technology and work-style trends for 2009.