O2 launched a new service today (17 November) to enable businesses of all sizes to implement more flexible and effective working practices and support organisations in managing the cultural changes affecting their business operations.
The service, called Joined Up People, consists of consultancy, security and mobile device management (MDM) in addition to O2’s core portfolio of devices, hardware, mobile, fixed-line and broadband.
It is supported by technical professional services and training for end users to help organisations with widely varying flexible working practices to implement them more consistently and effectively.
O2’s Joined Up People proposition is designed to make the case for changes to working practices and supports customers as they implement new ways of working. The operator argues it increases productivity inside an organisation, harnesses innovation and enables everyone to get the most from their working day.
The new service is designed to address the fact that growing numbers of people work more flexibly, and the proportion doing so is set to reach 35% of the total global workforce by 2013. Innovations in consumer technology also mean a quarter (25%) of the workforce will be using their own devices by 2013. The service is therefore also designed to help organisations address the challenges they face due to the blurring of work and personal lives.
Additional new research from O2 also highlights how current economic conditions are undercutting such flexible working practices, with 41% of office workers feeling pressure to be present in the office as a result of the economic climate. More than a quarter (27%) of employees also feel they’re prevented from working more flexibly by their line manager.
Commenting on the launch, O2’s general manager for enterprise David Plumb said: ‘For growing numbers of employees, work is something they do rather than a place they go. Not only that, but many also want to use their own personal devices. For businesses, meeting these expectations can be a challenge but getting it right can increase productivity, harness innovation, reduce cost and provide employees with a better work/life balance. With Joined Up People, we’re able to take organisations through whatever steps are necessary on their journey towards truly effective flexible working.’
This announcement is the latest example of O2 delivering Joined Up People under its Joined Up Business vision – creating solutions to join businesses up to their people, assets, customers, IT systems and communications help businesses drive efficiency, productivity and innovation.
O2’s range of services under the Joined Up Business banner include:
Consultancy – helping organisations implement effective flexible working practices.
Security and mobile device management from O2 Unify – apps and platforms to facilitate safe and secure flexible working wherever employees are.
Secure Connectivity and filtering - from Asavie enabling rapid and secure access to company data, applications and files.
Mobile device management
• From Fiberlink enabling automatic discovery of all devices in an organisation, enforcement of security, device policy and remote lock down of all common smartphones and tablets from a cloud based portal.
• From Zenprise – behind the firewall device management covering all smartphone and tablet operating systems and access to a knowledge base of 6500 common faults and fixeds.
Transformation fund – flexible transformation funds that can be used with any product or service, which replaces hardware and airtime credits.
Technical and professional services – training and resource materials.
Core O2 portfolio - devices, hardware, mobile, fixed-line and broadband.