With digital transformation rapidly changing the way we do everything, Lenovo partnered with IDC to examine the fundamental shifts that will change the concept of work and how it will be done over the next few years. Lenovo believes that technology and its ability to engage and motivate talent and unlock the fullest productivity is the key enabler to every enterprise’s most valuable capital which is their workforce in its transformation journey.
According to Khoo Hung Chuan, Country General Manager of Lenovo Malaysia, the world can expect about 20 billion smart devices by the year 2020. These devices will produce a lot of data which needs to be managed.
“All devices produce data. Every second, we produce four smart devices, be it laptops, tablets, mobile phones, data storage devices, etc. We have the ability to scale and meet the growth and demand. With smart algorithm, we can embrace that to a certain extent.”
Khoo added that intelligent transformation was now key to the modern workspace. It was not just about digitalising, but also being able to determine how the workforce will be in the future. This is why using smart algorithms, Lenovo will be able to use the data to determine what will be the trends in the future of work.
Echoing his views was Thorsten Stremlau, Global Commercial CTO of Lenovo. He pointed out that 60% of the population today are millennials and Gen Z. By the year 2025, they will represent 75% of the workforce.
“Productivity is key. We are at a stage where the machines do AI tasks that are more productive than us. Lenovo has AI machines that can detect cancer in under 5 minutes. An oncologist needs an average of about 15 minutes. This is what we mean by intelligent transformation in hospitals. The environment is set up to improve the productivity in a modern workspace. Lenovo will be the device of choice for customers. We are evolving from providing device efficiency to workplace efficiency.“
If there is a delay or lag in the use of technology, the millennials and Gen Z will just not be interested in it. This is the same when it comes to workplaces. An office that is not prepared for the future will not be able to get the right people to work for them.
When asked about the issues of security, as everything will be connected and integrated, Stremlau confidently said that Lenovo has the best cybersecurity programs in the world.
“We have a team of tech specialists and hackers who monitor all these. If they notice the slightest change in the system or software, they will act on it. We currently work with a couple of governments in supplying them with equipment to handle their data and others.”
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation ensures this. Stremlau added that more and more countries outside the EU are also beginning to understand the importance of this and implement it.
Jun Fwu Chin, Research Director of IDC, explained that the future of workplace needs to begin with an intelligent transformation with a vision and strategy for the future. By 2021, 60% of G2000 companies will adopt a future workplace model which is a flexible, intelligent, collaborative virtual work environment to improve employee experience and productivity.
By 2021, 65% of G2000 companies will also offer coworking and remote work options. Hence the need for more co-working space. 30% of GLC companies will generate at least 20% of their revenue outside their core industries using crowdsourcing and agile outsourcing resources by 2023.
In conclusion, enterprise adoption of intelligent technologies and smart solutions will empower organisations for a smarter and more efficient future workplace.