- Business types
- Why TalkTalk Business?
News & insight
- Top tips for preparing your small business for Black Friday and Cyber Monday
- What will the future of collaboration look like?
- 5 things you should consider before moving to the cloud
- How will machines unleash your business’ potential?
- Are UK workforces ready for the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’?
- What we learnt at Accelerate Her 2017
- 4 connectivity options to consider when building a resilient network
- 5 tips to for a better work-life balance
- Hosted Voice – It’s time to make the move
- Saying goodbye to legacy systems - ensuring a migration is trouble-free
- 3 reasons why you should consider Business VoIP in the next 6 months
- 4 top tips for hiring the best staff
- How our network investment helps digital transformation
- Businesses in the Gigabit fast lane
- Soapworks - A home to be proud of
- 5 TED talks you won't want to miss
- A beginner's guide to CPaaS
- 5 reasons to consider an IPVPN solution
- You’re busy right? But are you as productive as you think?
- The Northern Agenda
- Prepare for the workplace of 2025 today: 3 simple steps
- One thing you never hear in the office
- 1 in 3 British employees expect more workplace flexibility in the next decade
- Only 1 in 5 workers see AI as a threat
- Are businesses ready to cope with tech advances?
- Preliminary FY17 Results
- TalkTalk Business Awarded Mitel Platinum Partner Status
- UK workers say OMG to RFID chip tracking
- Spend on Small Business Saturday up 15% to £717 Million
- TalkTalk Business launches new suite of Cloud-ready connectivity products
- TalkTalk Business appoints Duncan Gooding as Chief Operating Officer
* Denotes a required field
IP EXPO Manchester Polling Results
Last month we exhibited at IP EXPO Manchester. It provided a great opportunity to speak to many of you and get involved in industry discussions around future tech.
Whilst at the event we conducted a poll to find out how you see workplace technology impacting your lives in the next five to ten years. The top 3 findings are below.
1. 77 per cent of delegates polled would like gigabit internet connections
When it comes to the technologies which attendees expect to see in the workplace by 2025, the most popular was gigabit internet connectivity, with 77 per cent of those polled looking forward to superfast speeds. This did not come as a surprise, given that future workplace technology such as Unified Communications, for example, will require increased bandwidth.
The next three most popular pieces of office technology were:
- Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) assistants (52 per cent)
- Telepresence robots (50 per cent)
- Virtual Reality (47 per cent)
While the likes of Microsoft's Cortana and Amazon's Alexa are already available to business users, with another 8 years of development these assistants will become extremely powerful and will likely also require a gigabit connection to work at their fullest. Telepresence robots are already rolling around some businesses, but with a superfast connection these devices will be able to transmit a 4K image, making them even more useful.
Virtual Reality (VR) can be accessed through a mobile phone, but for a live VR video stream or some of the more advanced applications like 3D modelling, a high-speed connection will also be necessary.
2. 50 per cent polled believe face-to-face meetings will reduce
With the rise of collaborative tools and apps like Skype, Slack and MiCollab, there is the potential for face-to-face meetings to become a thing of the past.
Why would you travel for four hours when you can effectively communicate and work remotely with the right tools? 8 per cent of those polled see the possibility and believe that within five years' face to face meetings will be obsolete and 50 per cent of those polled thought the technology would reduce the number of face-to-face meetings they had.
3. 71 per cent see an increase in work-life flexibility
The positive benefits of technology were felt when it came to workplace flexibility and remote working. No surprise that 71 per cent felt that technology will increase flexibility in their work life and 61 per cent believed that they would be able to work from any location in the next five years. With wireless connectivity increasing and remote working becoming more of a possibility with portable business devices, office workers appear to look forward to less reliance on being in the office to get work done. With increasing commute times and the cost of travel and car ownership also on the up, this is a trend many view positively.
The general atmosphere at IP EXPO Manchester was optimistic and it is great to see that office workers have a big desire for the future connected workplace. Business networking teams will need to ensure they are able to provision the networks that will support this technologically advanced future and we are looking forward to supporting businesses of all sizes as they adopt new ways of working.
Do you want to be the first to know about our latest technologies to get ahead of your competitors? Register your interest here.