The vast majority of the workplaces will have to be developed in existing buildings with predominately existing furniture supplemented by affordable new technology, such as ‘bring your own devices’ (where the user will increasingly pay for their own device) and cloud computing (e.g. Google Apps). We are just beginning to see the first of these projects and, with an emphasis on good change management; there is no reason why this quick fix of existing workplaces can’t be as successful as the big budget, totally new workplaces. This is a massive opportunity, as for every One Shelley Street or Darling Walk there are a thousand workplaces that will have to make do with the existing fitout for a very long time. A bit like being stuck with 35mm film when the best have gone digital.
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