You know that we must be coming out of recession when big vendors stump up the money ro pay for research into working practices of the future.
One of the things that has been missing is the large crystal ball-gazing reports that are designed to provoke thoughts in both the channel and the customer base around just how the future might look.
That future might now work out quite how the researchers expect but usually things go in a general direction and those resellers wise enough to read between the lines can find out a few hints.
So it was with some interest that I flicked through Microsoft's Hybrid Organisation report looking for signs of how we will all work in the next decade or so. The phrase hybrid refers to an organisation that is flexible, understands that the lines of work and home are blurred and that technology needs to underpin these changes rather than hinder them.
Hybrid is described as people+technology+workplace and resellers that know how to help firms provide flexibility between those elements are going to be in a strong position.
The future might not work out quite like that but already remote working is on the increase and people expect to be switched on all the time. Those who think that the move towards remote working, cloud computing and smaller offices using hot desking are all symptoms of the recession will need to think again.
This was first published in May 2010