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Traditional Offices Will Become Mere Footnotes in History

Jeff Weil, San Francisco real estate blog, Colliers International

In an article titled “The Traditional office will soon be extinct,” a study from Aruba Networks surveyed 1,000 IT professionals worldwide to get a better idea of what the workplace will look like in the future. The study found that “the term ‘office’ will become obsolete in the coming years as we completely redefine where and how work gets done.” And, younger employees, GenMobile, want to work anywhere.

Aruba Networks also commissioned The Future Laboratory to conduct a separate, but related, study to examine what the workplace will look like in the near future. Combined, the studies are a good illustration of existing trends and challenges facing IT, and a compass to help organizations plan for the rapid changes on the horizon. One point that seems clear in both studies is that wireless connectivity is a business requirement. Businesses recognize that ubiquitous access to wireless connectivity leads to higher employee retention, more productivity and greater cost savings. Aruba Networks also discovered, however, that there is a long way to go to achieve the goal of an all-wireless workplace for most businesses.


By: Jeffrey Weil

Executive Vice President | Colliers International - Walnut Creek

Jeffrey Weil is an executive vice president for Colliers International Walnut Creek. Mr. Weil has specialized in the sale and leasing of commercial properties for 38 years and has achieved CCIM, SIOR and NACORE’s Master in Commercial Real Estate Services with Honors (MCR.h) designations.

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