Date Published: 24-06-2014

Cloud computing, digital, and mobile technologies have started to transform businesses. Many of us now access documents from mobile devices, attend virtual meetings via teleconferencing and collaborate on tasks using social media.

All of this means we don’t have to spend so much time chained to our desks. In fact, a whitepaper by Citrix Systems found that 72% of UK employers are providing or expanding telework options.

This focus on mobile and flexible working is taking place across the board, from sales people and tradesmen using tablets in the field, to business owners bookkeeping on their smartphones on the way home.

But, with technology constantly evolving, what will the workplace of the future look like for small and medium enterprises and how will this play out across different areas of the business?

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and wearable technology

We’ve already seen how consumer technology has been brought into the realms of business with the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon. The lines between our personal and business lives are continuously blurring, and this is only set to continue into 2020 and beyond. According to Kinvey 50% of employers will require that employees use their own devices for work purposes by 2017.