The paperless office might be saving trees, but connectivity may or may not be saving IT departments money. As workers become more mobile and connected wireless through multiple devices, there’s certainly money to be saved on cabling, but what about devices and peripherals?

Kensington has laid out the history of the average knowledge worker’s desk over the years, going back to the 1980s when large computer towers and bulky monitors occupied a big chunk of real estate. Back then, employees would still need an area for pen and paper work. Now, according to Kensington, what they need is a docking station that can handle whatever devices they may need to plug in – as many or as a little as they require to do their jobs.

While a docking station may reduce workspace clutter, it may not reduce complexity for the IT department. And one thing is certain: whether it’s a file folder in a brief case, a floppy disk, a laptop or a USB drive, there will always be something holding sensitive data that has the potential be lost.

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