sherman2307 The Connected Workplace have you connected your ecosystem?

The Connected Workplace have you connected your ecosystem?

Updated: 7 days ago

Today's workplace managers have to design their future organisation and how it will deliver to all the different stakeholders two main objectives:

1. The workplace that enables an organisation to attract talent and retain it be it salaried or contracted workforce.

2. The Workplace that has optimum efficiency delivering the best return on the real estate and Capex/ Opex expense.


That hasn't be any different for years, so just how is the future workplace going to deliver?

Well some believe the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result, so the answer has to be something different.

And at the moment, we have different, unconnected silo's of suppliers, fixing their chosen issue, however not the whole workplace.


1. To move out of insanity, we stop having silo's.

2. We stop them by moving in one of two directions:-

- we become a platform. delivering the whole solution, being a generalist at everything and poor at most of them.

- we stay specialists in what we do, however we attract an ecosystem of relevant specialists, connect them and this ensures that 1+1 =3 that 1+1+1=5 or the sum of what you connect is way greater, than if you just add the parts together, but don't connect them.

You now become relevant to the customer because your adding to the "1+1+1= 5 solution" not your the "1" modular cog, he/she, can switch out any time.


Google "relevance" definition

Relevance is the concept of one topic being connected to another topic in a way that makes it useful to consider the second topic, when considering the first.

In the workplace how do you measure "the relevance" of the workplace?

- By how often its used?

- By the workplace occupancy?

- By satisfaction of the users with the workplace?

- By how intuitive it is?

- By how productive people are?

- By how efficient the space or building is?

- By how many people minutes the floor or building is used?

Relevance should actually be:

1. Is the workplace experience good enough to attract top talent and keep them productive?

2. Is the process of the workplace efficient, ie do I get an effective return on the investment?

So if your a supplier to today's workplace, experience and efficiency are your mutual goals, and they will make you relevant.

Let's look at a couple of brands that have pulled that off remarkably well in recent years and they are in the top three brands by current value:

Apple is one, Amazon the other, we could talk about Microsoft as well however they are following the same ecosystem approach to stay relevant in today's fast moving world!

Let's take their Iphone as its their biggest product:

I'd argue the Phone is a good collection of

- a web browser

- a phone

- a million songs in your pocket

I'd argue, posture the Jobs was simply tackling the same disconnected solio's that we have in today's workplace!

However, that is not what made the Iphone RELEVANT it just added a tonne of value.

Here is what made them relevant

Here is what started to make it relevant to you, the app store, suddenly you have a "5" that you could tailor. Personalising your device to serve you up exactly what you wanted from 100,000's of App's.

Relevance, I can tailor this device to anything i desire

Now the Iphone was relevant, however there was a master stroke behind the APP store and then another apple move.

Move 1 : The app store had rules to comply with, so everything, the ecosystem, delivered two things

- A Great Experience

- An Efficient process

It just worked, it took no time to tailor your phone, as long as the App suppliers complied with APP store standards that guaranteed you got those two things.

Move 2 : Then they launched continuity!

They started to link the Iphone, the MacBook, the Imac and Ipad so that you got an enhanced experience, the more devices you had, the better the experience, the more joined up the process = efficiency!

I'm not going to explain the next Company, but they followed the same model

Relevance, I can buy and get anything i desire

Different Company, different market, same approach:

- a great shopping experience

- a really efficient delivery and query process

However, same thing, what made them relevant?

The huge Amazon marketplace!

So Imagine every workplace is a mini Apple or Amazon, ask your selves these questions?

- Are you going to make every component yourself?

- No you just wrap everything in a great experience that's efficient.

So here's why and how you do that?

Connect the workplace, deliver the Connected Workplace, deliver the same ecosystem value to your customers, then you don't have to sell it a great workplace, just make the purchase path easy, "walk in enjoy".

Do not try and self deliver the whole solution - you'll fail

Simply connect them all.

I had the privilege, to watch a great bunch of people, come together at ISE in Amsterdam, a collection of like minded souls, that just had one vision deliver a great customer experience in an efficient workplace.

The Connected Workplace - Vision

Simon Cohen explains what 15 determined folk demonstrated to 137 customers in just three days, hard work, but never seen such a committed team, pull together and deliver so well in such a short time. Well done guys you know who you are!

The Vision Expanded - Ricoh and Condeco delivering the Connected Workplace, step by step.

Ricoh and Condeco "get the connected workplace" it's not slideware, they are delivering it.

One simple example of that vision coming to life

One small example, one small use case, making desk booking and checking in and out efficient, then delivering the visibility, in great reporting, in real time.

I can't wait to reveal the next innovations in this covid-19 world and help play our part in getting everyone back to work!

Glossary of Terms and meanings

Microsoft office 365 enhanced

  • Condeco extends office 365 so that simplistic bookers can find rooms and their charecteristics easily.

The safe workplace o365 enhanced

  • Condeco delivers a safe workplace through its social distancing of meeting room seats and desk spacing and sanitisation features.

The safe workplace office 365 enhanced

  • The safe workplace with distancing and sanitisation can be added to office 365 via the add-in.

Microsoft workplaces on demand,

  • Condeco adds desk and room booking on demand to office 365.

Microsoft smart workplace

  • We believe Condeco enhances Microsoft to deliver a smart workplace through its features and their benefits and their partner integrations.

A safe Microsoft enhanced workplace

  • Condeco enable the Microsoft productivity suite to deliver a safer workplace.

Microsoft workplace experience

  • Condeco and their partners help deliver a better Microsoft powered workplace experience with more efficient processes.

Workplace experience re-engineering

  • Condeco and their partners enable a re-engineered workplace to be delivered using technology to deliver a digital workplace.

Microsoft workplace efficiency

  • Condeco and its partners enable the more efficient processes to be delivered by enhancing Microsoft's core productivity suite Outlook.

Microsoft digital transformation

  • Those looking to digitally transform the workplace can do so extending and enhancing Microsoft.

Microsoft safe check-in

  • VPOD an Proxyclick extend Condeco and Microsoft to deliver a safe check-in through faster processes and less congested reception areas.

Microsoft touchless check-in

  • Proxyclick and Condeco deliver through the Integration with Condeco the touchless check-in to Microsoft customers.

Microsoft express check-in

  • Proxyclick and Condeco deliver through the Integration with Condeco the express check-in using their invites and QR codes for Microsoft customers.

The safe workplace

  • Condeco enable the safe workplace with their core desk and room products and their integrations with partners like VPOD and Proxyclick.

The safe workplace assigned seats

  • Assigned or bookable seats ensure no one is allowed to just sit where they like and not safe distance, without the use of tape.

The safe workplace hot desk

  • This is now delivered through the Condeco desk booking, safe spacing and sanitisation feature.

The safe workplace meeting rooms

  • delivered by using Condeco to safe distance seats and sanitise the rooms with its vendor management feature queuing work orders to cleaning vendors.

The safe workplace visitor management

  • Delivered Through the Condeco VPOD and Proxyclick integrations.

Covid-19 back to the workplace,

  • Term for recovery to the workplace post lockdown but prior to vaccination.

Safe workplace distancing

  • Term used for Meeting Room and Desk seating efficient 2 metre spacing delivered using the desk and room booking Condeco APP.

Safe reception distancing

  • Delivered by decongesting the reception area with invites delivered to visitors with QR codes, enable pre registration, touchless and express check-in. This decongests reception areas using the Condeco VPOD and Proxyclick check-in.

Desk booking check-list

  • Complying with the Covid back to workplace and call centre guidelines.

Mobile and Web booking

  • delivery of safe booking through own device booking, removing surfaces that you need to touch and sanitise.

Desk status free busy

  • delivered by the Condeco APP so the desk booker knows what's free, busy and available, whilst also seeing safe distancing from the floor plan.

Desk status unavailable sanitisation required

  • delivered by the Condeco APP when the desk is finished with but suspended from use requiring sanitisation and release.

Desk vendor message cleaning list

  • Delivered through the desk booking vendor management module.

Vendor change status

  • Delivered by the Condeco APP when the cleaning or catering vendor change the status of an order.

Desk GPS check-in

  • Delivered by The Condeco desk booking APP that delivers touchless check-in to your desk through the GPS HQ association triggered by your mobile device.

Desk GPS checkout

  • Delivered when a user leaves the building for a certain time, checking them out of the desk.

Desk integration Vpod

  • New module delivered by VPOD's desk integration with Condeco. Enables Desk booking from VPOD.

Desk way-finding

  • Delivered by VPOD and its integration to Condeco

Desk booking integration

  • VPOD feature enabling desks to be booked using the VGreet kiosks, useful for Post Covid or unscheduled bookings.

Desk spacing

  • Achieved with The Condeco App deploying safe distancing of desks and room seats and blocking out other seats to demonstrate safe distancing.

Desk spacing transparency

  • Delivers safe distancing by blocking out desks in between, opposite each other and deploying that on the booking app to deliver psychological safety to the desk booker.

Desk booking day of week phasing

  • Delivered by the Condeco app allowing day of the week booking if you've a phased use desk policy.

Desk booking close area.

  • Delivered by the Condeco APP which allows areas or zones to be closed and auto-cancels forward bookings pushing notifications to those that have booked to rebook.

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