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Flexibility in IT

I write this as I sit on the district line on my way to work, tha

And relax...

And relax...

nks to the WordPress app on the ever useful iPhone. The reason I’m writing this post at 9.58 and not sitting at my desk dealing with all manner of risk related issues is flexibility.

BT, to me, has two distict cultures: those that get in at nine and stay till five with an hour for lunch while they wait for retirement age, and those that get in when they need to and go home when they finish. Now I realize this isn’t possible for all of us but, in BT Design, where the name of the game is IT it is actively encouraged. I remember this message being reiterated only recently at a talent masterclass event by Design CEO Al-Noor Ramji. I’m not saying that some people don’t abuse this privilege and I’ll admit it took me a while to get used to but these days it’s second nature as exemplified by the fact that yesterday I was working from 6am till 5pm preparing for a presentation.

This coupled with the concept of Flexible working (the practice of having no fixed location and working from a laptop gives me the freedom to work when I want, where I want, as long as the job gets done… Come to think about it why aren’t I basing myself in Morzine or Jackson Hole!?

So what enables me to do this, IT! that’s right boys and girls the geeks in the basement have created the opportunity for us all to work from the beach. Mobile email, IP telephony and VPNs mean that the traditional boundaries of a company just aren’t there any longer, indeed the social and political boundaries no longer exist either but I’ll cover that in my next post.

Meanwhile consider this: if you are the sort of person that didn’t do any work at school until you were harassed by teachers you’ll probably find it difficult in today’s large enterprises…

You have been warned!