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The Official Digital Showcase of ISE 2021

November 2020 | Workspace Evolution

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Spotlight Series

RISE Spotlight is a monthly series of free-to-attend digital events, based around key ISE technology areas. Produced in association with TNW, they feature global subject experts, technology entrepreneurs and start-ups.

November - Workspace Evolution

The first RISE Spotlight, held on Tuesday 24 November, was based around unified communications and collaboration, with the theme of Workspace Evolution.

With the increased shift to remote working and the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this timely subject provides valuable learning and insights into the future development of work and workspaces.


November 2020

Welcome and opening remarks

Digital natives and the virtual economy

John Egan is CEO of l’Atelier, a foresight business within BNP Paribas that identifies opportunities where technological and social change intersect. He discusses millennials’ expectations of the world of work and what they are looking for from their workspaces.


ISE Reporter Roundtable

  • How can teams successfully balance productivity, performance, tech and culture to spark continued innovation?
  • What tech and transformation investments – including unexpected choices – are companies making to empower their workforce and accelerate growth?
  • What market trends are transforming companies’ strategic roadmap – and what innovation is required?
  • Followed by audience Q&A


On the Sofa with ISE

COVID-19 has accelerated the deployment and use of technology. Individuals are empowered to work remotely, and teams have already seen how to achieve collaborative working.

However, tech alone cannot improve productivity and performance; culture is an important part of the jigsaw. In conversation with Mar Masson Maack, Marit Janssen of ABN AMRO gives a personal perspective on some of the issues raised in the Reporter Roundtable.


AVIXA Insights

What are the current trends in unified communications and collaboration solutions and the workspace technology market? Sean Wargo, Senior Director, Market Intelligence at AVIXA, shares the association’s latest quantitative research.


Startup Nation

Youri Doeleman, Partner of venture capital company Antler, describe five start-ups in the workspace technology market that have caught his eye.

Startup pitches

Two startups in the workspace market make quick presentations about their disruptive offerings.


Watercooler Virtual Meets

Attendees were able to choose to visit one of three virtual networking rooms to take part in a moderated discussion of different aspects of Workspace Evolution.

Room 1: Is working from home the new normal? The effects of the post-pandemic work space on home tech design
• Ed Wenck, Content Director, CEDIA
• Walt Zerbe, Senior Director of Technology & Standards, CEDIA

Room 2: What role can the channel play with digital flow in the workplace of the future?
• Jon Sidwick, President, Collabtech Group

Room 3: Let’s talk trends: Prepare for next level collaborative working
• Sean Wargo, Senior Director, Market Intelligence, AVIXA


More Resources

The Big Read – Digital signage solutions for a post-pandemic economy

Florian Rotberg looks at how changes in people’s behaviour resulting from the pandemic have affected many of the markets for digital signage

The Big Read – Steering a course through buildings’ digital transformation

Bob Snyder discusses how in-building technology becomes a critical driver for everything that happens in a building – and how the pandemic accelerates trends that were happening anyways.

A Definition of Workspace Evolution

The whole world is now debating the future of work and offices.  In a world where technology at work has previously been fragmented and often distracting, Covid-19 has accelerated the need for more collaborative, smarter workspaces.

Organisations are looking for opportunities to improve productivity of employees, as well looking after staff wellbeing and employees want to be able to work optimally on different devices, at any time and wherever they are, which means a reliance on portable devices and shared, cloud-based resources to allow for easy collaboration and communication between team members.

Tech such as collaboration and conferencing systems and interactive displays will be at the heart of the evolving smart workplace and innovation such as 5G and IoT will allow technology to connect the workplace and keep it running efficiently — providing a huge boost for the future of work.

What will the future of work look like and what role will your technology play in the end game? ISE is here to help you tick off everything you need to get up to date with the latest tech in smarter, more…

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