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Identity Transparency is Changing the Workplace

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on July 26, 2007

The growing trend towards a virtual workplace is an important development for small businesses, and "unified identity" is the emerging technology that is making it increasingly possible.

Consider the possibility of ultimately decoupling not only ourselves, as users, from the physical network environment, but allowing all of our files and technology resources to be decoupled from their physical platforms as well. A new level of "identity transparency" would exist that would allow us to set up our entire workplace instantly and completely from wherever we like.

It is interesting to consider the ramifications of viewing identity in this more relative sense. For the first time, the home employee would truly have a virtual workplace. A temporary employee could move seamlessly in and out of any workplace locale. As an executive, I could work seamlessly from my Blackberry, because identity transparency gives me the ability to pull up my files (all of them) as well as my applications. To realize our fullest productivity, it’s time to elevate our thinking about everything that identity, and especially identity transparency, means.

David Doane
Salt Lake City, Utah

Reader Comments

Clark Davis

August 10, 2007 1:21 PM

We need to find more innovative ways (like the one mentioned) to increase flexibility and connectivity to the mobile employee. By doing so, we will only increase productivity because not everyone’s productive hours are 9 to 5. There are those who work better in the early morning and the late evening.

Letting people work when, where and how they may will be the key to rapid success.

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