Technology is just a tool: Start with the needs of people

Technology is just a tool: Start with the needs of people

People first technology gives employees the flexibility life demands

The Accenture Technology Vision 2016 report, People First: The Primacy of People in a Digital Age, makes a compelling argument that digital now dominates every sector of the economy. The report argues that “as businesses become digital, their people and cultures must become digital, too.” Businesses that are embracing the digital era and all that it enables are giving their people the tools to accomplish more, to learn, to develop new products and solutions, and drive change.

It’s not just about the technology changes themselves. It’s about what the technology can enable. A more creative workplace culture. New business strategies that better respond to client needs. Stronger and more creative partnerships. And of course, happier and more productive employees.

Microsoft’s tools are giving businesses the technological foundations to enable these changes. Here are just a few examples of people first technology approaches and responsive digital strategies.

Any device, anywhere

One of the most significant people first technology shifts that is giving employees greater freedom is more flexible devices. Adaptable tools like the Surface are crossing the divide between tablets and laptops, giving employees one device that meets both their professional needs and entertainment wants.

Connecting and collaborating

Smart, adaptive businesses are realising that trusting their employees to get the job done, wherever they are, is a powerful way to keep their teams loyal, satisfied and productive. And thanks to technology like Skype for Business, remote team members can participate in meetings, phone conferences, video conferences and more, no matter where they are. It’s easy to share files, display screens and provide all the same visual cues that an in-person meeting would allow.

Information at your fingertips

Gone are the days of being frustrated when working from home because you don’t have access to the files you need. Cloud computing means that documents can be accessed from any device with an internet connection. No more saving a bunch of files to your laptop or USB key before leaving the office, or phoning colleagues in a panic asking them to email you or a client the right file. Regardless of where you are, you can get to files as if you were at your desk.

Helping your business to create a workplace that puts people front and centre

GreenDot is a certified Microsoft partner, working with some of Australia’s largest organisations to get maximum value from cloud computing platforms including Office 365 deployments. We’ll help you to use people-centric technology to enable cultural shifts and get your team truly collaborating. We’ll help you to implement new technologies in a way that is empowering for your team – and your customers - and puts their needs as people first. To find out how we can help you, call us today on 1300 80 11 88.

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