Outlook Office 4.0
This last chapter summarizes above all the current technical, but also the organizational state of the office working world, speculates a little about its further development and wants to think about the future challenges with a small look into the glass ball. Already today, we find a wealth of interconnected technology n, which make our everyday lives more efficient and simpler, but also create new dependencies. Let us just think of the Internet. Some of them predicted in their beginnings only a use by a handful of military men and without which our (working) life today seems almost impossible. This rapid development was only made possible by the technical improvements of, e.g., storage media, fiber optic cables and WLAN and already now gives us the possibility to network at any time and with any place—provided that an appropriate infrastructure is available everywhere. Regions without this technology are formally cut off from the rapid exchange of knowledge and information and can no longer (economically) keep up, which is why, for example, many municipalities in this country are using the fiber optic network in rural areas. The increasing digitalization and globalization and the associated widespread use of the Internet, smartphones, apps, shopping and information platforms will, however, also rapidly influence our consumer behavior, our knowledge acquisition and our ability to make decisions and transfer of knowledge sharing. We are also going to change our forms of social interaction and, of course, our work.
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