I’ve often written about my vision of the enterprise of the future – one that is more akin to something from nature than from enterprises today. The organization of the future will be organic — it will readily change to the specific situation it finds itself in at any one time. Collaborative teams will form on a project-specific basis, coming together to leverage symbiotic skills and move on when the project is complete. Physical workplaces will also look different – with workers coming and going in a flexible manner, and skilled individuals working across multiple organizations and multiple projects. The organization of the future, then, should leverage the best skills, most attractive opportunities and market conditions to become ever more efficient and fluid.
So how do tools and process work within this organization? Recently Andy McLoughlin, CEO of Huddle, wrote an opinion piece for Forbes looking at this trend. He identified mobile as the trend that is bringing the death of the traditional company to fruition – the perfect storm of near-ubiquitous connectivity along with mobile devices that can leverage cloud computing and a demand from workers for flexibility are all converging to make this vision real.