Disruption has left many overturned businesses in its wake over the last two decades. Since 2000, over 52% of Fortune 500 companies have been made bankrupt, acquired or folded, The Telegraph reports. Given its rapid changes, could there be a more disruptive force than technology?
Therefore, you might want to tap into a range of nascent technologies now, giving yourself time to hone your skills in handling them before they proceed to revolutionise workplace practices. Though some technologies could falter in adoption, some are predicted to reap great success in business.
Hear the term ‘artificial intelligence and long-running fears, perpetuated by apocalyptic science fiction, that machines would one day call time on the human race are widespread but somewhat misplaced.
However when the late Stephen Hawkings says watch out for AI, we listen. Right now what we seeing is good outcomes from artificial intelligence which is helping us in various, often subliminal ways.
You might already regularly use a smartphone’s voice recognition capabilities to fire off the occasional email or look up directions for the venue where your next business meeting will be held.
With these capabilities and those of chatbots to intelligently address customers’ queries, your business can use AI to free up time for your employees to spend on tasks that they find more rewarding.
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
These two technologies – virtual reality and augmented reality known in abbreviations as VR and AR – are not new in concept. However, we have finally reached the stage where other, readily accessible technology has advanced enough to bring VR and AR to practical fruition.
We can attribute this to an array of factors – including the increased availability of inexpensive and speedy Internet access, secure cloud storage and mobility solutions.
Given how data can be more easily digested when presented in the right visual fashion, VR and AR can help in leading this charge.
It has been estimated that, by 2020, roughly 80% of British-based workers will be working remotely. However, these workers could be hindered in their efforts to work flexibly unless they have routine access to “unified communications” (UC), to use an appropriate technical term.
Under UC, the likes of landlines, mobile phones, desktops and tablets are all integrated to enable employees to quickly communicate with customers. One example of a UC system service provider is Gamma.
Gamma’s Connect service, lets workers utilise desktop-grade services through their mobile and ties Gamma’s award-winning hosted phone system, Horizon, closely to the communication firm’s mobile service. This arrangement unleashes impressive flexibility through a range of devices and with cloud computing services on offer too what’s not to like about these all encompassing tech service providers!
Gamma says their cost effective scale enterprise software lends companies a high degree of agility.
Your company can run normal business applications on virtual servers, while Cloud Backup would enable you to store valuable corporate data within the UK-based Amazon Web Services cloud infrastructure.
There’s no doubting the disruption of tech service providers and how moving to the cloud significantly bolsters the all important security requirement.
We know how important data protection and security is nowadays to prevent cyberattacks. For this reason alone, it’s worthwhile considering a shift to the cloud and using is the cloud services like: Cloud Compute and Cloud Backup to gain efficiencies and customer confidence in your business.