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April 18th, 2013

OneOffice 2.0 can find the beginnings of Web 2.0, that mythical/virtual world where Office 2.0 has its headquarters, all over the map of the high tech universe, as well as its timeline. In 1984, John Gage of Sun Microsystems said, “The network is the computer,” and suggested that joining that network, with yesterday’s PC or today’s iMac, further empowers us all. Such thinking, plus inevitable technological progress, was widely predicted to bring Web 2.0 to fruition, well, any minute now.

Office 2.0 … slowly but surely

“Web 2.0″ and “Office 2.0″ were long ago pressed into service as marketing terms, with great buzz potential but no standardized definitions. Clearly, however, they both seek to position the Internet as a computing, communications, and collaboration platform by leveraging emerging technologies. As these changes usher in a wealth of interactive tools and capabilities, the web is no longer a one-way street. With everything from smartphones to ipad rentals offering wi-fi today, the pioneers of network computing certainly appear vindicated.

Now, by using the Internet as a common platform; creating intimately responsive web pages for 3.5-inch phone screens and 30-inch Apple Cinema Display rentals; and providing more effective collaboration via social networking, wikis, and blogs, corporate managers with a Web 2.0 environment have more flexibility than ever to support the differing needs of “everyone in the office” (plus some who are not in the office) with Office 2.o approaches.

2.0 technologies – signs of the times

A simple example of Office 2.0 in use is the personal (and personalized) “start page,” an easy preference setting in any modern browser. (Outside the corporate environment, social networks like Facebook have taken over from independent start pages.) Another characteristic of “2.0″ technologies, devices, and operating systems is extensibility. This describes an architecture that is open enough now to accommodate existing needs (like allowing web access from your MacBook Pro rental in addition to your home computer) and amenable to adding new capabilities later.

From a simple starting point for searching and browsing, the early “start pages” have evolved to include widgets, apps, and feeds for keeping tabs on the weather, managing to-do lists, scheduling calendar events, watching the news (on a text or visual feed), and checking e-mail. More and more people are using start pages that are configured entirely to be “workspaces in the cloud” with Microsoft-compatible apps, as much as 10GB of storage, and first-rate security. Office 2.0 is meant to be all this, and more.

The benefits of Office 2.0

The positive things about Office 2.0 are quite clear after millions of hours and trillions of bytes, and include:

reduced support costs, since IT personnel won’t have 11, 32, or 1716 software upgrades to do, or 10 kinds of presentation programs to explain and troubleshoot;

increased productivity, where gains in productivity, some argued about and disputed, come from advantages both large and small of the shared environment, from ease of collaboration to new connections impossible within previous hierarchies; and

flexibility and independence, because the single central location for all files and applications, as well as e-mail and video-call connectivity, lets employees work (even be at work) in any location with web access.

Corporate users can choose any device, or several in several places, running any modern web browser. In fact, there’s no better way to inaugurate your own Office 2.0 transition than to rent laptops from CRE that are especially configured to put your team on your new platform.

The downside

The major drawback of Office 2.0 is security, but of a slightly different kind. A plumbing firm may be comfortable having its financial records on another company’s servers, but a bank might not be. Besides encryption solutions, some enterprising firms lease entire servers, the same way CRE rents Xserve RAID units. The leased servers are for organizations that prefer security under their own control. Other solutions, such as more and better cloud desktops, are coming every day.

Count on CRE to keep you updated! A call to (877) 266-7725 or a short message will put an expert Account Executive to work finding solutions for you. If you know what you need, visit our Quick Rental Quote form (and right now is fine).

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