The mobile computing and communications revolution, now almost 40 years old, is of course most often identified with laptop and notebook computers, tablets and handsets, wireless networks, and, increasingly today, the Cloud. But even more importantly, mobility itself is centered on a key concept: in an information-centric economy, work is something you do, and not necessarily a place that you go. In other words, productivity, both individual and that based on collaboration, is optimized when users can work independent of a specific location – in the right place, and at the right time.
Note our emphasis on collaboration above. Working together in groups both large and small, and both locally within the office workplace and widely-distributed even to a global scale via the WAN, is today a key to success for organizations of all sizes, types, and missions. And encouraging the interaction and spontaneity at the center of collaboration is driving a fundamental reconfiguration of modern offices and workplaces of all types. Gone to a great degree are the days of closed private offices and walled-in isolation. The emerging alternative, the open workspace (sometimes called the open office, and the terms all-wireless or wireless-first office are also often used), is perfectly suited to how work gets done today.