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In the new world of work, organizations need to be prepared to work in a more dynamic way to meet the needs of a more diverse, fluid workforce.

The New Workforce: creating a positive employee experience is critical

If the old world of work was one of barriers – walls, cubicles, limited tools – the new world of work emphasizes mobility. In a 2017 Oxford Economics survey of 600 global executives, over 70% said at least one-fifth of their workforce works remotely some or most of the time.

Job mobility represents not just the changing nature of work but the introduction of a more diverse, fluid workforce. Two-thirds of respondents in the Oxford Economics study said a strong culture of flexible, digital work helps attract and keep superior talent.

The new tools: BYOD was just the beginning

In a world where people increasingly want control over the technology and platforms they use, organizations that most successfully integrate technology “really study the work activity of different groups in their company,” says Josh Bersin, principal and founder of Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP. “Where they’re spending their time and what they’re trying to get done, to try to find creative ways to simplify it.”

Perhaps the greatest obstacle to robust IT strategies aimed at the mobile workforce is security. Citrix has developed a structure that creates safe zones where applications are managed inside a secure, defined perimeter, no matter the device or platform. By combining security and flexibility, companies can boost productivity and empower employees to work the way they want.

The new workplace: Operating at full speed anywhere and anytime

The world of elite auto racing is based on speed – not just the speed of the car, but of the team behind it. In 2018, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing will travel to 21 tracks on 5 continents, and at every one the team’s cars must be redesigned and rebuilt with a configuration and components unique to that venue. The team differentiates itself with its forward-thinking approach to IT. “We try to focus our efforts into solving business problems and we are quite collaborative in how we do that,” CIO Matt Cadieux says.

“It’s sort of in the DNA of what a racing team does,” Cadieux adds. “We push the boundaries with the car. We move quick. And the expectation is the underlying infrastructure also needs to do the same.”

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