User are expecting to become far more mobile and connected by the end of the decade, according to the consulting firm Frost and Sullivan.
The company is expecting connected, cloud-based technology solutions to have become commonplace by 2020, predicting that the average digital citizen will have at least 10 connected devices, across their work and home lives.
These devices will then have access to a predicted 80 billion devices worldwide, along with an ever increasing number of connected appliances and home equipment.
In total, Frost and Sullivan predicts the digital market will be worth US$731.70 billion by 2020, across a variety of different applications. Of this, roughly 31 per cent is expected to occur in the workplace, as companies embrace the possibilities of mobile and cloud-based connectivity.
Central to this increase will be the rise of cloud-based communication strategy software and collaboration tools which will unlock greater working flexibility and productivity, as these technologies become more ubiquitous.
Mark Dougan, the Managing Director of Frost & Sullivan in Australia and New Zealand, suggested these developments would see connected technology become more common in every aspect of our lives.
"Mobility and cloud computing have brought about significant changes in the ICT industry. Cloud computing, big data, mobility and low cost sensors are driving the internet of things and connected industries," said Mr Dougan. "The consumerisation of the information and communication technologies (ICT) environment is forcing companies to converge and offer ICT-blended solutions."
All of these changes are also expected to unlock greater productivity, as companies look to adopt effective strategies to manage this transition to a connected workplace.
"Productivity will rise as organisations become more global and collaborative, adopting a 'zero' approach to management, hierarchy, leave and working hours," stated Mr Dougan.
While these changes are expected to fully materialise by 2020, they are already underway in many industries, as companies become more mobile and cloud-based.