If you’ve had the pleasure of watching Mad Men’s Don Draper woo his clients in the Sterling Cooper boardroom, you’ll know how far boardroom presentations have come in recent decades.

Businesspeople of yesteryear relied on their deep voices, easels and unwieldy storyboards to impress audiences and convey ideas. Fast-track 50 years to the cutting-edge boardroom technology of today, and even Don Draper would be lost for words.

It’s no secret that technology is changing at an unprecedented rate. What we can achieve in one year today is streets ahead of what would have once been possible in one decade.

But innovative boardroom technology is not an end in itself. It is an instrument that can only prove its worth if it delivers concrete commercial benefits. That’s why IT Managers and CTOs of today must understand how tomorrow’s technology will help achieve business objectives – and what they need to do now to prepare their organisation for the future.

Read on to discover our predictions for the Boardroom of 2025.

The boardroom table

The boardroom table of 2025 will not be made of mahogany, walnut or oak. It will be an interactive multi-touch display which will be accessed and shared effortlessly by all meeting participants.

Multi-touch screen tables are not new. But they’re not yet commonplace either. And they have certainly not entered the boardroom sphere with any traction.

Interactive tables will make boardroom meetings more connected and engaging experiences for all involved. And when it comes to important client pitches and presentations, it’s not hard to see the value. As any forward-thinking business professional knows, if you can improve the technology that delivers information about your company, while making the experience captivating for your clients, it’s a no-brainer. You’ll never have people looking sleepy in your presentations again.

With fully customisable software available and limited technical experience to use them, multi-touch boardroom tables will save businesses time and money over the long term.

Boardroom walls

Stop collecting those Picassos, portraits and certificates. In 2025, your boardroom walls will become an immersive and interactive display tool for all types of presentations and collaborative communications.

Meeting participants will be able to write on walls digitally and annotate using their fingers or a stylus. So instead of fighting over the mouse for control, the power will be in everyone’s hands.

Key projects will be completed more effectively – and workplace cooperation will improve.

A ‘walk in and use’ reality

Collaborative workers of the future won’t have the time or inclination for flicking switches, inserting power cables, logging into networks or application training.

That’s because the boardroom of 2025 will have no control system to operate. And no cables or wires in sight.

Rather, systems, screens and devices will automatically activate as people walk in – and deactivate when they leave.

What’s more, the boardroom of 2025 will not be a ‘one-size-fits-all’ environment. Lighting, temperature, microphones, systems and screens will automatically adapt to the meeting requirements or personal preferences of attendees.

The business benefits of a ‘walk in and use’ reality are obvious. There’ll be no barriers for sharing ideas instantly and working together efficiently. And emergency callouts to IT managers or costly contractors will be a thing of the past.

No more distractions           

These days, business meetings are riddled with distractions. And smartphones are to blame.

For some people, the very thought of going ‘offline’ from emails, texts, voicemail and phone calls for one hour will trigger heart palpitations and pools of forehead sweat.

But rest assured, our attention-spans will improve once again.

That’s because, the intelligent boardroom of 2025 won’t give us a choice. As soon as meeting attendees enter the room, personal devices will automatically deactivate. Tailored voicemail and email responders will be spontaneously triggered – and meetings will flow more smoothly and efficiently.

Remote will feel local

With mobile working and telecommuting in full effect, remote participation in meetings is already the norm.

However, in 2025, there will be minimal difference meeting with someone who is physically in the room versus someone who is in a remote location. The audio and visual experience will be seamless. And ultra-high definition transmission will be commonplace.

What’s more, with GPS and related systems, our preferred communication device for remote conferencing will automatically activate. For example, if you are driving while your colleagues are trying to conference you into a meeting in the office, the conferencing elements on your smartphone or car will automatically activate. If you are working from home, it may be your laptop.

So what does all this mean for you?

CTOs and IT Managers don’t have to look hard to find flexible technology solutions that can react to the changes of the 21st century. And with the right advice, these solutions do not have to be cost or time prohibitive.

Companies that are preparing their boardroom technology for the future now are already getting some amazing business returns. They claim to be making decisions and innovating at rates that are significantly faster than the average business. How can you put a price on that?