Mobile computing and wireless networking have arrived. The days of static offices and strictly segmented workforces are quickly disappearing. To keep up with the rapid pace of the 21st Century’s highly competitive global economy even the most local businesses have to have the flexibility to quickly adapt to the mercurial changes of their markets.
The wireless office is the tool that allows companies large, medium, and small to compete on a level playing field. Being able to quickly ramp up capacity, reconfigure working groups, and communicate in real-time regardless of the hour or location is what makes the difference between success and failure in today’s marketplace.
What is Wireless Networking?
A wireless local area network (LAN) is a space where computing devices are given access and allowed to connect to the internet via radio waves transmitted from access points within that space. Anyone who has used the Wi-Fi at their local coffee house has already experienced wireless networking.
What are the Benefits of the Wireless Office?
- Mobility: First and foremost, the wireless office is a free office, where professionals are not tied to their desks and can access company files and data from anywhere in the office. That’s the heart of wireless networking and has important consequences for the way we do business.
- Increased Collaboration: Mobility makes collaboration much easier. Workers can much more easily share files and keep up with each other’s progress. Cubicle assignments no longer segment workforces and impose artificial boundaries between workers. Workers with diverse skills can bring their individual talents in as needed.
- Increased Productivity: Mobile devices make it so that workers can access files in conference rooms, log into meetings from different sites, and even work from home, improving worker morale, helping to retain valuable employees, and increasing productivity. In addition, wireless networking is ideal for businesses that require teams to be reconfigured on a project-to-project basis, since offices can be structured dynamically rather than statically via laptops and other mobile devices.
- Cost Savings: No wiring means not just decreased costs on the point of installation but continued savings because of reduced maintenance costs as well. The real effect to the bottom line, however, comes from increased productivity.
- Maximum Flexibility: Whether you are remodeling an office, merging workforces, growing at a record pace, wireless networks offer you the greatest amount of flexibility, making it much easier to ramp up or ramp down as needed.
- Added Value: If you own a public-facing business like a hotel, Wi-Fi adds value to your business attracting clients who need to remain connected even when on holiday.
Wi-Fi is no longer just a patch during office moves and renovations. In the 21st century, the wireless office is rapidly becoming the norm, as the need for flexibility and speed requires workforces to quickly reconfigure themselves to compete.