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Redhot Future Of IT Part 2 :Virtualized Workplaces

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So what is a virtualized workplace? Does it mean it does not exist? That it's virtual? Well in a certain way YES. This is where the future of our workplace is going to be. Well it is already a reality in some countries.

OK lets start by asking ourselves these questions:
  • Do you really bond with your colleagues? (think Team cohesiveness)
  • Do you spend great amount of hours talking about great things that you will do together? (think collaboration)
  • Do you really feel that you give 100% at work? (think effectiveness)
  • What do you really miss at your desk? (think personalization)
  • Is your desk comfortable enough? (Again think optimizing personalization, OK you have done your best to make it your place)
  • Does it really matter to your employer that you are there for him/her? (think commitment)
  • Or do you get micromanaged over petty issues? (think mismanagement)
  • Do you see your employees performing well? (think management)
  • Do you see projects dying before reaching/meeting deadlines? (Well studies show 70% projects are doomed because of various factors and the most important is effective razor sharp project teams or the lack thereof)
  • Are you dying to get into some hot shot projects but can't blow off your steam (think untapped potential)
Let's just leave the questions as they are and try to see why this need to work from home is suddenly getting attention from the business world.

PS: I'll continue and try to finish it tomorrow. You are free to comment though.
PS2: Brian is top priority now but I promise to continue this very soon!(In a few days)
PS3: Listen to what I have to say about this topic.


  1. How many of us already use a virtual workplace for part of our job? I don't think this is an 'all or nothing' change. I use a VNC connection to connect to a data server that is two cubicles away; I use terminal Services to check what is happening on a couple of servers (I modified the shortcuts to include the city where the server is located). I think the change will be task by task, rather than person by person.

  2. Hi Garrison,

    I still have to complete this article.
    But OK (although I really didn't want to get too much into the technical aspect of it) you're right, it is indeed task by task and also its "not all or nothing" (yet).

    "How many of us already use a virtual workplace for part of our job?"

    This number is growing rapidly. To answer the technical aspect of it , even VNC provides solutions to use KVM remote consoles. Other vendors like Avocent etc also do that. Imagine, forget terminal servers (as you lose connection when you reboot your remote servers), you might never have to go to the server room. Should your disk fail or anything else the local disk vendor will replace the disk. You as a manager, administrator, developer will never have to bother to get into the servers.

    And with the advent of server virtualization with breakthrough technologies offered by VMware. You have total control over your servers. And these developments (server, desktop, workplace virtualization)will not only bring those escalating costs on outsourcing projects down but also give the outsourcer the opportunity to *monitor* the whole scenario by retaining the techies and thus staying in total control! (Sorry I I know I got tempted and took the discussion a bit off tangents).


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