Technology Trends Your Business Should Know About Now
So new technologies are changing the way businesses operate. What does that actually mean to your business? Are you fully sold on embracing every technology that is mooted to fuel your business growth? Are you turning to technology purely when you identify a problem with your previous approach? Or are you nervous of getting lost in the tech?
In this blog, we turn our attention to the absolute basics. Wherever you are on your tech journey, read on to learn what’s worth your attention now.
Mobile phones, tablets, laptops and superior Internet Connectivity have changed the way we work for good. The world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, Gartner Inc expects our reliance on mobile and wearable tech to grow even further and predicts, “The overall environment will need to adapt to the requirements of the mobile user”. So what does that actually mean for your business? Firstly, is your business embracing mobile and flexible working? If not, it’s a no brainer. You can read more about it on our blog or on our website. Secondly, the user experience for mobile is going to become even more important so when you’re thinking about website or app design, about cloud access, IT needs or customer experience, think mobile.
With computing everywhere, connectivity is crucial. 3G, 4G, ADSL, Leased Lines and Ethernet First Mile are familiar terms now. What about fibre broadband? It’s transforming businesses across the UK and because it is so capable, it is giving every business the opportunity to grow faster. Right now, the UK Government are so keen to get every business on board, there are grants called Connection Vouchers available. You can find out more here. If you can’t get fibre yet, talk to us – we can future proof so that when it’s ready for your area, you can get involved immediately.
At the moment it’s all about the Apple watch, which is currently impressing at a consumer and business level. Wearable tech is starting to become more and more business minded. If you really think about it, that’s how mobile started out. With apps like Evernote now building wearable interfaces for its service, 2015 could be a big year for the business case for wearable tech.
Put simply, cloud apps store, manage and process data and can be delivered to any device. And they can transform business practices. At one point, working away from the office meant being able to pick up and respond to emails, or to access documents on the server but applications like Hosted Desktop and Microsoft Office 365 take it to whole new level of effective working. There are so many cloud based business applications that it deserves a blog of it’s own. It’s worth noting that cloud does depend on good Internet Connectivity so make sure that’s in order too.
Right now, your business is probably already generating useful data from software, applications and marketing to name a few. What are you doing with that data? With careful data interrogation and management, your focus will be sharper and your growth quicker. Data raises questions that good business planning can answer. And as you begin to embrace more opportunities arising from The Internet of Things, the cycles can become even sharper. No business should implement a new approach without thinking what it can deliver back.
Look out for our blog next week to see some of the ways these basics are being used to maximize what technology can offer. Some of it is surprisingly simple yet really, really effective.