Technology changeTechnological change. Both data stores and the number of connected devices are multiplying, taking advantage of the expanding reach of computing, mobile, cloud, and connected technologies. Together, these factors are changing the ways we live and work. For example, the number of mobile devices now outnumbers the world population, and Facebook alone boasts more than 1.9 billion active users.
Globalization. Digital technologies support a truly virtual workforce that allows global talent to work across countries, time zones, and cultures. Combine this with a growing contingent workforce and the ability to crowdsource innovation, and you have a recipe for on-demand talent. Any company can sell globally – and anyone can find the next big idea, inside or outside company walls.
Shifting demographics. People in developed nations are living longer, creating a multigenerational workplace. To remain viable over 40-, 50-, or even 60-year careers, people must stay educated, technically savvy, and healthy enough to work. How can employees hone skills, meet goals, and stay relevant over time?
Employee engagement. Employees who feel involved and committed to their jobs are more likely to drive innovation, growth, and revenue. How do you keep a diverse, multigenerational workforce engaged? Employers offering opportunities for learning, career growth, and autonomy retain the strongest talent. With cloud access speeding deployment and increasing access to training, employees find new ways to stay relevant, learn, and grow.
Preparing for the future of work
At SAP, we believe that the best way to address these trends is to simplify the business, including streamlining ways for employees to build skills and stay relevant in a digital world. A continuous learning environment and effective user education allows employees to adopt new, innovative business applications as quickly as possible. The result? Increased productivity, lower costs, quicker ROI on technology investments, and increased employee satisfaction.
The foundation for this simplification is a combination of collaboration and technology. In this scenario, social business meets the connected workplace to provide user education that is: