Yonina Eisenberg

Five Predictions for the Corporate Work Environment in 2014

“If you remember the sci-fi movies that have some kind of a big master computer that can answer everything and help you, we’re actually much closer to that scenario now than we were a year ago.” – Zeevi Michel, CEO of Senexx

2013 was a great year for social business software. With more and more companies adopting anything from pure enterprise social business software to more sophisticated and specialized platforms, social business tools have become more mainstream.

Another great trend that has been developing throughout 2013 is mobility, particularly with the concept of BYOD. We are seeing more group messaging on mobile systems and mobile social networks for corporations, which is shifting the work environment from desktops and laptops to mobile devices and iPads.

However, instead of making life easier, these trends have actually made things more complicated: we are now capturing more data in a variety of systems, causing an unorganized clutter of data. With this challenge in mind, Zeevi Michel, the CEO of Senexx, has made the following five predictions for the corporate work environment in 2014:

  1. “Mobile capabilities will continue to grow.”
    As of right now, the mobile workplace is still in its infancy. Throughout the next year, we will see an even greater shift to mobile devices in the workplace. 
  2. “We’re going to start to see native software beginning to include social elements.”
    Various product vendors will internally encapsulate many of the same capabilities that were first introduced by pure social business software. Employees, then, will be able to collaborate within the original work space instead of going elsewhere to do so. 
  3. “Stand-alone collaboration platforms and pure social business tools will eventually become obsolete.”
    Without the need for a designated place to go and collaborate, one of two things will happen to pure social business tools: either they will be eliminated, or they will become a hub that brings together all the information that the various work spaces hold. 
  4. “We’ll begin to figure out how to gather data from all the different data points.”
    In 2014 there will be new products that help employees access all the data that is stored within a company’s various platforms and tools so that they can get the information they need. 
  5. “We’ll learn how to use those data points in a smart way.”
    2014 will bring technology that can help you understand the meaning behind all of the data and information that you have. That way, you can make informed decisions to better the success of your company.

2013 was certainly a good year for the industries of knowledge automation and knowledge management. In 2014, we believe that we will take another big step forward: it will be the year in which we turn data into knowledge.

You can download the full interview with Zeevi Michel here.