The consumer, in general, might be very excited about how new technologies can impact their life and make their everyday a bit easier. However, let’s not forget just how close the ties between technological progression and business excellence are. It’s time to stop fearing the training and integration you will inevitably have to use to get your business up to speed with the tech it uses. In this article, we’ll look at the benefits you could be missing out on if you’re not using some of the most helpful new tech on the market.
Let’s start with talking about how well you can communicate with your clients. When you’re holding a conference room pitch, you are dealing with too many factors that are both rigid and unreliable usually. Clunky presentation setups not only increase your chances of failing due to getting the connections between various devices wrong. They also limit you to one location. In an age where we’re seeing businesses move into a ‘bring your own device’ space that allows for lots of portable tech, restricting your movement offers some obvious handicaps. Make yourself able to give your presentation anywhere, with any device, and with much fewer hardware hang-ups. Look at sites like Imsav.com which can show you just how flexible and easy presentations get with wireless conference rooms.
The less hardware you need to rely on to do your job, the better in most cases. You get more cost-effective, you get more efficient and, most of the time, you get more mobile. Mobility is one of the best reasons that businesses are looking more seriously into other realities. In this case, we’re talking about augmented reality devices that allow you to see, access, and manipulate a digital overlay in real life. The tech is still new, but already we’re seeing its application in allowing things like a digital planner and access to your email without the need of a screen. There are even applications being developed that allow you to use a keyboard on your arm wherever you are. Now location doesn’t have to get in the way of the kind of business you can do.
It’s not all about administration and communication, either. We would be remiss if we didn’t look at the kind of product design and development trends being shaped by the latest wave of technology. One that has been particularly helpful is the rise of 3D printing. In the past, prototyping could be both slow and imprecise. Without access to the full-scale manufacturing equipment you might normally use, you would have trouble creating a proper representation of your product. Nowadays, however, 3D printing allows you to rapidly produce mockups of your product, get a feel for it and get back to the drawing board to make the necessary changes a lot quicker.
The rise of other technologies also makes it a lot more accessible for businesses to make use of precision in manufacturing that they may have never been able to access before. Businesses are operating with the technology as a service model, partnering with manufacturers to give them the kind of quality in their production processes that they might not be able to afford normally. This is particularly important in the hi-tech world we live, where laser devices make it much easier to produce microelectronics where the need for precision is demanding. Check out LaserLight.com for an idea of the kind of guided precision that is accessible to more and more businesses nowadays.
It’s not just the manufacturing world that is getting a lot more precise either. Every business can make use of data to make their whole business a lot more precise. Data-driven is the way to go, interpreting the information you collect to improve productivity, to improve communication, to improve efficiency, and to improve just about every part of the business. As important as collecting that data is being able to use it through the whole business. As we said, many businesses are moving to a ‘bring your own device’ model that allows greater flexibility for the employee and much lower costs for the employer. Part of ensuring that model works is making it possible for any device with permission to access the data the business needs. To that end, Smallbusinesscomputing.com can tell you how easy it is to migrate the business to the Cloud, where it can become much more accessible no matter where your team is and what devices they’re using.
If you want to talk about improving productivity and efficiency, then you have to look at the tools that are allowing that in more ways than ever before. Automating software is becoming a lot more popular in business, but not as a replacement for human workers. Instead, it’s being used to take care of the dull and repetitive administrative tasks that can have a big impact on their productivity, allowing them to focus on tasks that could really use their attention. Automating is also a great way to cut down the level of basic human error in any business, too.
At the same time, you can’t forget the human element so important to your business. But new technology can even make it easier to keep track of that, too. Wearable technology might have initially been considered purely for the consumer as a health monitoring tool. Not only can it be used to monitor employee health, to make sure they’re taking breaks and moving when they need to in order to escape the pressures office life can put on their body. It also serves as an accessible, portable tool to keep them in the loop wherever they are. With scheduling software, email access, and communication qualities, smartwatches look like they could serve as the new smartphone with even less demand for space.
The sooner you start adopting and implementing the right tech, the better it can be for your business. Get more precise. Get better quality products. Get organized. Get the edge over your competitors that staying up-to-date with your technologies allows.