Designing the workplace of the future

Being on the Starship Enterprise was like being in the workplace of the future. In fact the Enterprise (pun intended) operated with the same challenges that enterprises face today. Everyone had lots of devices, needed access to lots of different apps from these devices, needed the ability to share data and communicate real-time with each other, and do this with complete security and control. On top of that, everyone wanted the ability to work at any time, from any device and from anywhere. The Enterprise was definitely the workplace of the future.

Let’s take a step back and actually put this into context. On your average Star Trek work day the following occurred:

  1. The entire Enterprise crew used communicators (remember those Tricorders), various devices, monitors and screens of all shapes and sizes to access the apps and data required to get their jobs done. In other words, they needed a client that could be installed on all these devices, connect to a centralized backend system, deliver all these different apps and customize it to the form factor they were using.
  2. Each crew member had varying levels of access to the ship’s apps and data from their devices. The lower your rank, the less access you had. In some cases it was necessary to deprecate or block a crew member’s level of access in the event they became compromised by some alien life form. Can’t have a possessed crew member disabling the ships engines.
  3. Securing communication from an external source was essential. Only Enterprise crew members had access to apps and data while off the ship. Nothing worse than the Romulans being able to access the ship’s internal data and find out the ship deflector shields were down or that you were out of photon torpedoes.
  4. And last but not least, Captain Kirk was always talking to the Romulans face-to-face through a large screen on the ship’s bridge. Face-to-face collaboration in hi-def video was clearly important when developing relations with a foreign race especially in life or death situations.

So what does Star Trek have to do with Enterprise Mobility?

Yup, you guessed it right. The Enterprise had an EMM strategy and a very good one. They managed multiple devices, secured their apps and data, and collaborated with people working in multiple locations… the same issues facing today’s organizations. They knew that a complete end-to-end mobile solution that addressed the challenges of working on a starship was required for success.

This brings us to some fundamental questions:

  • Is your organization ready to become a workplace of the future?
  • How does your organization’s mobility strategy compare to others?
  • Does your organization have the tools to embrace EMM?

Learning what the Starship Enterprise knew (that an end-to-end enterprise mobility strategy is essential) is key for workforce mobility, business agility, mobile security and overall EMM success.