Although it may be the start of a new decade, the ever-evolving world of technology is nothing new. Specifically, in the business-focused spheres of tech, new trends are rapidly being developed and implemented to not only improve but further simplify everyday tasks. As the new year begins, you can be sure that it will bring a batch of new and innovative business solutions to improve routine tasks while saving time and resources. Here are some of the trends that both large and small businesses should be aware of as we enter a new era of technological capabilities.
Although the cloud has been around for some time, expect to see dramatic improvements in 2020 and moving forward. For those unfamiliar, cloud computing is the practice of utilizing large groups of remote servers to store, organize, and process data that users can access to retrieve documents and information fast and efficiently. This digital technology removes the cost and hassle of having on-site servers as well as the increased risk of data corruption or a third-party hack. It can be expected that security monitoring for these cloud systems will improve this year as well.
A large majority of companies have already incorporated cloud computing into their business model. However, for small businesses that are looking to expand and grow their operations, cloud-based storage is quickly becoming a necessity. With countless analytical and business-focused functions, incorporating cloud technology will act as a support system for your current production model.
Online workspaces that allow internal teams, or in some cases the entire company, to collaborate simultaneously are now the standard of offices. This technology creates a more fluent workflow and promotes comradery among co-workers. Modern collaborative workspaces can even incorporate remote work to accommodate the busy schedules of employees. With online communication software such as Zoom or Logitech, video conferencing and conference calls are easy and reliable. Getting in contact with employees all over the country is now more efficient than ever.
Having space in the office for cooperative work such as smart conference rooms and open floor plans can have a huge impact on the production capabilities of a workforce. Taking the time to plan out how individuals and even entire departments are able to interact is essential to a successful business operation. Something as simple as adapting an instant messaging platform for faster comms such as Wrike or Google Hangouts will increase overall efficiency. Anything to limit time waste and reduce barriers to communication will have a direct impact on the business’ bottom line.
Artificial intelligence (AI) has countless capabilities in a variety of different industries. But in the corporate world, it is most readily utilized to automate back-end business efforts. Many software systems now have the ability to learn in real-time and mimic the actions of humans by mirroring repetitive inputs. Fortunately for businesses, integrating these systems does not require the recruitment of specialized AI professionals. Instead, businesses can take advantage of online training courses to provide teams with insight into how they can apply automation to many of the processes they’re already doing. Upon implementation, workers will have more time to prioritize more pressing matters such as research-based projects and in-depth analysis that can’t be done successfully by a computerized program.
As technology continues to progress into a new decade, hackers and those looking to steal classified data are advancing their efforts as well. It’s vitally important to ensure your company’s internal systems are protected with the most secure firewall possible. Although employee negligence is the cause of many data breaches, the foundation of most businesses must be a secure network for operation. Hiring a well-trained IT staff is also essential to ensure things run smoothly on a day-to-day basis. In the best interest of the company, it may be wise to implement best practices for all employees to follow as well. If all members from top-down in the organization know how to protect themselves from data breaches, you can ensure that all internal information is kept safe indefinitely.