The need for a fast and effective end user adoption process becomes especially important when enterprise software companies introduce new tools that address changing workplace behavior trends. Flexibility is now the name of the game in the business world. The online publication GeekWire said many firms have softened up to more lenient lifestyle policies, such as allowing employees to work from home rather than coming into the office every day. These changes have led to an increase in "bring your own device" policies and a greater dependence on cloud-based networks that complement a more mobilized work environment.
Windows 8.1 convinces firms to update software
As a result, many technology companies are following suit. Microsoft's release of Windows 8.1 in late 2013 (and its subsequent updates) represented one of the most mainstream developments in flexible and dynamic enterprise software that allows businesses to operate securely from multiple locations. While many organizations stuck with their older operating systems in 2012 when Microsoft released the original version of Windows 8, the 8.1 update has finally convinced many companies to jump on board, according to the online publication Beta News. For example, improvements in the software's multitasking capabilities, as well as a more intuitive user interface, address many of the specific needs of today's new workplace environment.
For the most part, the recent developments in flexibility and mobility at businesses around the world has offered a variety of opportunities for enhanced productivity among workers. However, IT managers must pay close attention to user happiness when incorporating new tools into existing operations. Without any organized resources for software training, a seemingly simple software transition can backfire in unexpected ways. The more complicated it is to get used to a new way of doing things, the less likely employees will be able to maximize their time during the day. A recent article in Wired Magazine said technology decisions often have a major impact on workplace satisfaction.
"You can't beat more productivity out of knowledge workers," Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote, told the magazine. "The only way you can get people to do more is to make them relatively happy."
Many businesses are reluctant to implement technological changes in the workplace. However, effective enterprise training solutions can make it much easier for companies to reap the rewards of adapting to new industry trends.