Trend #3: Innovative Biometric and Facial Recognition Technology to Replace Traditional Badge Security SystemsThe workforce of 2013 is highly transient. It is now common to have employees working full-time, part-time and on a project-basis across multiple geographies, time zones and facilities. The need to provide the right security and access to the right facilities is critical to productivity and meeting client demands. Advances in biometric and facial recognition technology now offer higher degrees of accuracy, more reliable performance, simplified use, and greater public acceptance. This will lead to greater reliance on facial, retina, fingerprint, and other types of recognition technologies in 2013. While in use for several years as a more secure and effective alternative to the traditional security badge, these recognition technology advancements will be relied upon to streamline workforce time and labor management, simplify the utilization and management of shared workspace, and enable businesses to more effectively track workspace utilization volumes, identify bottlenecks, and analyze the need for the reallocation of space. These advancements will also eliminate the need for each employee to carry a security badge or log into a PC. Instead, employees will arrive at the office with just their smart device, check into a desk location or conference room and move freely through the workplace without restriction. Trend #4: Integration of Enterprise Software and Hardware Systems in the Cloud Leads to Lower Capital Investments The technology forecast in 2013 will continue to be cloud-based. As such, companies will aggressively adopt cloud-based enterprise software solutions and the emerging hardware-as-a-service (HaaS) model. Driven by cost-cutting initiatives through consolidation, SaaS and HaaS solutions help companies gain cost, access and scalability advantages by reducing or eliminating technology and cost burdens such as servers, implementation, upgrades, customization, and the need for internal IT support. New features can be added quickly with little to no impact on employee, supervisor and administrator daily activities, and increasingly geographically dispersed and mobile workforces will greatly benefit from anywhere/anytime accessibility that comes with the cloud.
Trend #5: Enhanced Collaboration of Managed Service Providers Using Tighter Systems IntegrationAs companies continue to move toward cloud-based solutions, the development of open APIs (application programming interfaces) creates a collaborative services environment where managed service providers can more easily interconnect to specific services of other providers via systems integration. Integrating databases reduces errors and multiple keying, improves accuracy and saves time. With a well-established API strategy in place, managers are able to connect data and run reports that provide insights into better managing business operations and costs. To learn more about Asure Software’s predictions on the top workspace management trends for 2013, download The Top 5 Workspace Management Trends To Watch For in 2013 executive briefing at http://goo.gl/pxKbM or the executive briefing Five Trends That Are Transforming The Time & Labor Management Landscape at http://goo.gl/A64CN. About Asure Software Asure Software, Inc., headquartered in Austin, Texas, offers intuitive and innovative technologies that enable companies of all sizes and complexities to operate more efficiently and better control costs. The company ensures a high-performing work environment by delivering its “keep it simple” solutions and expertise to more than 11,000 clients worldwide. Asure Software’s suite of solutions ranges from time and attendance workforce management solutions to intelligent on-demand workplace management solutions. For more information, please visit www.asuresoftware.com.