What will be the working life like of future employees? According to research firm Ovum, future employees will face a very different work life from today. They will never be tethered to one location and will be able to share and access knowledge more easily.
This will be due to the acceleration of consumerisation and the influx of devices and platforms entering the workplace, predicts Ovum.
A wide range of interconnected, social, mobile and cloud-based collaboration platforms on multiple devices will enable employees to participate in the "shareconomy", a key theme at CeBit last week.
Businesses must act now to adapt to this changing landscape or risk being left behind by both their markets and their employees, warned the global analyst firm in its 'Enterprise 2020' study into the future of enterprise collaboration and its role in fostering greater productivity and innovation.
The research firm has highlighted Citrix, Google, VMware and Yammer as the disruptive players leading the charge in this transformation.
"The way in which we work will change dramatically over the next seven years, more than in the previous 30, meaning the enterprise of 2020 will need to be more agile and more responsive than it is today," says Richard Edwards, principal analyst at Ovum. "To remain successful, there will have to be significant change in operations, systems and cultural levels. By 2020, knowledge workers will need and want a set of tools far different to those of today, so for the CIO, the important choice will be which vendor to follow."
But enterprises do not have to make such crucial decisions alone, said Ovum. The IT industry is already delivering tools for today and roadmaps for tomorrow and Ovum's study outlines the vision and roadmaps of the four disruptive players and provides guidance for the enterprise on the journey to 2020.
Google's position across cloud services markets, mobility and social networking means that it brings a unique perspective on the road ahead for enterprise IT.
A true enterprise IT disruptor, Yammer has pioneered what social networking and collaboration can do in the enterprise, taking behaviours learned in the consumer space on platforms such as Facebook and converting them into business productivity and new models for management.
Citrix is also now also directly reaching connected employees to empower them to collaborate from anywhere, accessing apps and data across any connected screen.
In line with the impact of consumerisation, VMware is transforming from an IT-focused organisation to one focused on the end-user, enabling end-users to connect to their data, applications and desktops from any device without having to sacrifice IT security and control.