The days of a reseller visiting an office in an industrial park and discussing kitting out desks with hardware and then the software which will run on top of that could be coming to an end.
Fast forward 20 years to 2035 and the office will look fundamentally different as customers take adavantage of more flexibility, shared space and pay-as-you-go models, according to Daisy Group.
The telco specialist has been looking into its crystal ball and come to the conclusion that if some of the existing trends in the market were accelerated then the impact on the workplace could be fairly profound.
"The business world has become extremely fast-paced and organisations need to be able to react quickly to survive. Office space, on the other hand, requires long-term financial commitment and maximum occupancy, otherwise it becomes a huge financial drain," said Daisy group unified comms expert Tim Meredith.
“Floor space is one of the biggest outgoings for the majority of businesses and yet it is largely becoming an unnecessary expense. The nine-to-five shift is dying as more businesses allow their employees to work flexibly, which means workers no longer need to be desk-bound and there is less need for fixed office space," he added.
Already there has been a 45% increase in the number of staff homeworking since 2000 and that is set to continue and more firms will be looking to hire office space and workstations as and wen they need them.
“The mass availability of affordable tools, like video conferencing software, internal social networks and intranets, are enabling businesses to create virtual teams around the country that can collaborate, and I can only see flexible working and the trend of pay-as-you-use desk space and meeting room provision growing," added Meredith.
One of the ingredients for success will be whether or not whoever comes into power next week can deliver on some of the promises around superfast broadband, which is vital to providing the infrastructure for more remote working.
Meredith also warned that as the workplace changed so would management skills with staff still requiring the opportunity to meet with colleagues and team leaders.