Towards sustainable mobility
Sustainability is not just about cutting back to help the environment. It’s also about putting the tools and systems in place to achieve a long-lasting reduction of travel, energy and waste. Enabling a mobile workforce has many benefits to the sustainability of your business.
- Moving to the cloud to shrink energy usage.
Research shows that a single server moved to the cloud can save a business as much as 4,000 kWh a year. So, if instead of building that new service on-site, you can leverage one delivered from someone else’s datacenter. Chances are you’ll also be getting guaranteed SLA’s, a consistency of service and redundancy built-in, all whilst saving an initial CAPEX investment.
- Video conferencing to drive down travel costs.
An innovative communication and collaboration strategy has significant benefits when properly implemented. Research has shown that a single managed VC unit could save as much as 23,000km in air travel annually. Consider the number of air miles the average mobile worker in Asia Pacific accumulates in a year and you will see that there is definitely a case for looking more deeply at this. And that’s just the cost to the business. Consider the impact on employee quality of life from reduced air travel and an increased number of evenings at home with their family. Sometimes it’s about not needing to be physically mobile.
- Workspace strategy innovation to drive productivity and cost reduction.
These days we are all familiar with motion sensitive lighting and time bound air conditioning in our offices, but what else can we look at within the context of the workspace? If more of us are mobile, it follows that there are less of us in the office, so we don’t need as much space. How can we optimize that space to enable us to drive down our rent costs, while providing appropriate space for the tasks that need be performed? Often referred to as activity based working, the concept of Workspaces for Tomorrow seeks to provide exactly that. For example, our recent office move enabled us to provided three types of bookable “hot desks”.
- Creators: A 28” Widescreen monitor for those people who need to screen real estate for designing presentations, or running the monthly budget spreadsheets.
- Callers: An IP phone and headset for those faced with a day of calls and meetings.
- Crashers: An empty desk with power ports for those people (typically sales) who have 20 minutes between meetings, to charge their laptops and answer a couple of emails.
It’s a great model and helped us optimize the space in the office and the cost of equipment we needed, while making sure the tools exist to support our various requirements. It also ensured that everyone has access to facilities like click-to-dial web conferencing and the standard IM & presence tools to augment these solutions.
No discussion on the subject of enterprise mobility would be complete without a mention of sustainability. Allowing employees the flexibility to work from home, or to be more productive while travelling, can reduce energy consumption and the need for real estate. What’s more, embracing and encouraging innovative and flexible ways of working helps to meet the expectations of the next generation of workers and attract the best new talent.