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To fulfill the promise of the mobile workforce, we need to invest less in asphalt and more in bandwidth.

by James A Bacon

Technology is transforming the relationship between people and where they work. To fulfill the promise of the mobile workforce, we need to invest less in asphalt and more in bandwidth.

John Vivadelli, the CEO of AgilQuest Corporation, propounds a vision for the workplace of the future. Gone are the days when people, in lemming-like masses, all hop in their cars at the same time, drive to their offices along the same congested thoroughfares, do their jobs at central office complexes, then repeat the grueling commute on the way home …. day after mind-numbing day.

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Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate
OSCRE Workgroup to Define Key Industry Metrics

John Vivadelli, president and founder of AgilQuest Corporation, has been elected to chair a key workgroup of OSCRE, the Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate. A non-profit organization of industry leaders, OSCRE works toward the adoption of e-business standards that will facilitate coordination along the real estate supply chain.

Q: John, you’ve argued that enterprises are investing billions of dollars making their workers mobile but fail to reap the full savings from that investment. Can you elaborate?

A: You have to realize that People/Process, Technology, and Facility are interconnected. Each of these impacts the other two. So, anytime we speak of higher bandwidth, telework or mobility, we need to think about how these impact people`s work processes and the facilities in which they conduct these processes. Technology enables mobility, and mobility strongly implies - in fact, demands - that people, work from multiple locations during their business day. Yet, many managers still assume that one person requires one office to get things done. People get assigned an office, regardless of how they actually use it. We spend millions on laptops, PDAs, cell phones, and high-speed and wireless networks to increase mobility -- and then we assign a person to one desk! This is ridiculously expensive.