Survey predicts the next office technology to head into a museum

Imagine a movie set 10 years in the future where the descendants of archaeologist Indiana Jones are exploring the ruins of an old office building that was abandoned in 2012. Among the computers and smartphones that will be shifted through there are sure to be some relicts that even the employees of the office when it was operational would have scratched their heads as to what the their purpose is.

LinkedIn – the professional social media Website – published a new infographic that explores a number of technologies employees expect to go the way of the dodo. The data comes from a global survey that received over 7,200 responses.

While some business tools like the Rolodex, tape recorder and fax machine make sense on the list there are a couple surprising entrants – namely desktop phones, desktop computers and flash drives. There are two growing trends in the business world, however that would account for both these responses – mobile devices and cloud computing.

According to the survey 55, percent of respondents believe tablets will become commonplace in the workforce and with their ability to incorporate them – along with smartphones – into unified communication or VoIP solutions, there are more ways to stay connected than ever before. Picking up the phone may turn into the slowest way to get a response.

Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) practices have workers mobile. In many industries they are no longer tied to a desk but rather a portable machine. Companies are investing in these new solutions to increase productivity and effectiveness. Businesses in Ohio that have BYOD policies or are looking to invest in one because of new technology would be wise to partner with an IT consulting firm.

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