The modern office is about to change beyond recognition. The rise of what industry professionals are now calling Industry 4.0 looks to spell big alterations for the way we all work – business managers and staff alike.
Broadly speaking, Industry 4.0 is a catch-all term. It refers to the changes happening now in the manufacturing sector as a result of increasing digitization and Internet of Things (IoT)-related innovations.
As a result, next-generation employees will expect their workplaces to be more flexible, more mobile and increasingly supportive of balanced work-life models. New developments will help workplaces run faster than ever, and open offices will allow employees increased mobility. The days of being tied to your desk – or any single workplace location – may soon be over.
These changes will necessarily bring about new requirements for printing networks and document management solutions.
Fortunately, Samsung Printing Solutions focuses on the future, and helps businesses stay well ahead of the curve. Combined with the benefits its Android-based Smart UX Center bring to the table, Samsung can help your office prepare for these sweeping changes to your office’s workflow and structure.
What Does Industry 4.0 Mean for Your Business?
As the term implies, Industry 4.0 refers to the beginning of a fourth era in manufacturing. First came mechanization, as part of what is commonly called the Industrial Revolution. This was followed by a second revolution in the sector – the advent of assembly line methods and mass production technology. A third revolution came about when computerization and automation came into widespread usage.
Now, say experts, we are entering the next stage, namely Industry 4.0. In the coming era, the focus will be on information and interconnectivity. Although IoT is a major part of this, a range of other related transformations are bringing about the creation of smart factories and offices.
Industry 4.0 is being driven by four principle factors, namely:
- the rise of data volume and increase in computational power
- advanced analytics
- new forms of human-computer interaction, such as touch-screen interfaces and augmented reality
- the transference of digital instructions to the physical world, including innovations like robotics
These trends have been in the pipelines for some time already. However, they have now arrived at a point whereby they are coming together to reshape the manufacturing process. As a result, the modern office, the control center of the manufacturing engine, will also need to change fast.
Augmented automation and interconnectivity means today’s offices need the ability to record and digest vast quantities of data from all aspects of the process. They also need to be able to and manage that data effectively.
What Are the Workforce’s New Needs?
Digital natives, who have grown up surrounded by cutting-edge digital technology, have a new set of career and workspace expectations. Like their technology, they expect offices that are flexible and mobile. They need printing and document management solutions compatible with mobile devices and wearables. Many companies have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy, meaning staff members are often using their own hardware, rather than the office’s.
Instead of being anchored to a single desk or cubicle, many workplaces now operate open offices policies. These allow workers to move around and choose different locations to work from, allowing for improved flexibility.
How Can Samsung Help?
In terms of data management and workflow, Samsung has a range of powerful tools that will help enterprises rise to the challenges of Industry 4.0. Samsung’s printing and document management solutions are designed to meet the challenges of the new business environment.
Document Workflow Core, part of the Business Core 2.0 suite, offers a server-based document workflow solution. More help is also on hand in the form of Smart UX Center apps like Dynamic Workflow, which allows businesses to create dynamic workflows using multiple apps, can integrate a range of tasks that automate document workflow.
When it comes to office flexibility, open office policies require printer fleets capable of handling workers who are always on the move. They need solutions that allow workers to print, receive and route documents as needed, wherever they might be on any given day.
Fortunately, Samsung’s serverless printing solutions can easily handle demands such as these, allowing workers to find the most convenient printers for them, no matter where they need to print from.
And as remote work becomes more important in the Industry 4.0 era, staff need to stay in touch with the office while away. That means being able to send and receive documents from home or while on the move, another area where Cloud Print and similar solutions can be of help.
Changing of the Guard
Only time will tell exactly how quickly IoT advances and Industry 4.0 developments will change the modern office in the future. However, insiders seem to concur that the modern office is set for radical changes within the next few years, and that almost no company will be except from these.
In times like these, adaptable solutions that can change with the times are vital. And as the workplace transforms, Samsung’s Smart UX Center, its extensive lineup of apps, and the other solutions Samsung delivers give you all the tools you need to stay versatile as the business landscape shifts.
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