The world of tech affects everything in modern life, and the same is true for business. Forbes explains that at least 70% of businesses already have a digital strategy, and that number is rising rapidly – technology plays a crucial part in surviving and thriving in today’s economy. With all the tech on offer, understanding what will benefit your business the most is of utmost importance.
Telecommuting is on the rise
If you enjoy your trip to work, then the likelihood is that you’re one of the many people who has chosen to work from home – and the only commute you have is the one between rooms where you live. Software and apps such as Slack, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams offer functionality that will allow you to keep on top of your own work, and that of others in your team, without needing to be physically present in the office. This influence has spread to local, national, and international events too – now you can virtually participate in networking and industry activities with ease, wherever you are, on notebooks, tablets, laptops, and anything else that has a processor, operating system, and screen.
Telecommunications extend into telephone networking too – and with the Holmes Report demonstrating that poor communication results in around $42.6million of lost productivity value each year, effective networking is of significant importance. It is true that business phones have been around for some time, but just like many other areas of tech, the humble landline has emerged as a spectacular reinvention of its former self, with IP phone systems available that offer support for high-quality VoIP, in addition to Unified Communication services tailored to the size of your businesses. Merging internet gateway functionality with traditional telephone networks means you can ensure instant and unified messaging, efficient call handling, detailed recording of calls, availability and call logging, and easily accessible voicemail – you don’t even need to have a physical handset, as the whole system can be virtualized.
Much of the technology on the market has been created to work in tandem with other systems. If it’s customer, rather than colleague, an interaction that you’re looking for, then look no further than your own front room, the office of a supplier, or the great outdoors. Mobile tech allows businesses to be truly travel friendly, and if you invest in one of the latest business smartphones, you can use it as an extension of your static business systems. This will allow you to access apps on the cloud any time you are close to a cell tower, wireless LAN connection, or IP. The 5G network offers an extremely fast, stable connection that’ll make the most of cellphones such as the new Apple iPhone 12 Pro (which offers a telephoto camera for cataloging products and work, faster processing chips, and an impressive 6.1 inch OLED display, which will help you see your documentation clearly) or the Samsung Galaxy Note Ultra (which can integrate easily with Google based systems, and boasts a super high-res 6.9-inch screen, a Snapdragon 865 plus chipset, and the ability to use the S Pen stylus if you like the option to retain a bit of handwritten style).
Future proof your tech
Smartphones or networked computer systems can also be used alongside new technological innovations such as dynamic POS Receipt Printing systems or on-demand food or service apps, for example, to provide a fully customizable solution, whatever your business needs. When you’re looking at different tech, make sure it is versatile enough that you’ll have options when integrating other technological products in the future – some manufacturers will tie you into tech that’ll only work with other items in their range, whereas others have a lot more flexibility. Digital transformation is all about the successful integration of traditional requirements and digital solutions, so make sure you think about it carefully and get it right the first time.
Whatever the size of your company, and whatever its needs, there are options out there that can be perfectly tailored to meet your specifications. From how you effectively use the cloud, to the software and tech you operate to link information and the hardware that makes it all possible, the benefits are significant.