Digital Workspace Predictions #KMWorld

KMWlogo_Stacked_Session Title and Description: Digital Workspace Predictions

2016 is a tipping point around mobile and cloud-based workplace technology. Our analyst shares twelve predictions including wearables gain traction, mobile-first finally arrives, content management is standard, a ‘chief digital workplace officer, SharePoint, and more.

Speaker: Jarrod Gingras, Senior Analyst and Managing Director, Real Story Group

[These are my notes from the KMWorld 2016 Conference. I’m publishing them as soon as possible after the end of a session, so they may contain the occasional typographical or grammatical error. Please excuse those. To the extent I’ve made any editorial comments, I’ve shown those in brackets.]


  • A True Employee-Centric Digital Workplace is about to be a priority for most enterprises.  A TRUE digital workplace means more than just an intranet and a few add-ons.  Currently, only 12% of enterprises have a TRUE digital workplace that is truly employee-centric.
  • User-Centered Design Makes its Way into the Enterprise. Move beyond the technology stack; start with what the employees actually need and want.  Currently, most enterprises start by acquiring promising technology and
  • New Roles on the Digital Workplace team. You will now need new roles such as designer or UX designer on your team.
  • Enterprises will Continue to Struggle to See Beyond Features. Most enterprises start with a list of features (e.g., a blogging tool, a coauthoring tool, etc.). The better approach is to identify first what you are trying to achieve. Then look for the right tool that helps you achieve your intended outcome. Typical work goals:
    • knowledge management
    • external collaboration
    • internal collaboration
    • case management
    • communities
    • innovation support
    • social Q&A
    • expertise location
  • Enterprises will Continue to Struggle with the Gap Between Executive and Staff Desires.
  • Smart Enterprises will Start Managing Applications as Products. More enterprises will bring an application manager onboard to supervise the care and feeding of an application as if it were a product;
  • Emergence of Chief Digital Workplace Officer Role. More enterprises will be hiring into this position — sometimes called the Chief Employee Experience Officer. This person is responsible for the employee experience within the enterprise
  • Continued Product/Platform Divide.
    • Platforms: IBM, Microsoft SharePoint, Oracle
    • Major Suites: Drupal, Google, Jive, SAP Jam, Verint
    • Smaller Suites (Intranet in a box): Atlassian, Atos, Igloo, Interact, Thoughtfarmer, Traction Software
    • Social Enterprise Layers & SharePoint Supplements (services that bring the ability to collaborate to the place where you are working): Microsoft Yammer, neudesic, Salesforce Chatter, Sitrion, TIBC, vmware
  • Mobile Capability Becomes Critical. This is no longer an option; we have no choice. But there is a big deficit. Currently, these are the levels of mobile access:
    • 100% email
    • everything else is MUCH less available and effective on a mobile device
  • Major Shift to the Cloud. Increasingly, organizations are moving their social collaboration technology into the cloud. Currently, 45% are primarily on premises, only 27% are primarily Saas / Cloud-based
  • Slack will not Kill Email. Currently, Slack barely makes a dent in email. Its impact is much smaller than Yammer, Chatter, Jive
  • Facebook Repeats Google’s Mistakes. Facebook at work will not work for the enterprise — their technology fundamentally not built for the enterprise. Therefore, enterprise IT directors will lots of unpleasant surprises when they discover that the functionality they need is not there — especially permissioning.