We explore some recent technology trends and how they could offer your small business smarter ways of working.
Accessing digital files and applications from Cloud services means they are available anywhere, at any time as long as there is internet connection from mobile devices as well as desktop computers. Workers can work remotely with flexible hours therefore making talent and collaboration available from all over the world. Having one central location for your files rather than on many different devices makes it easier to maintain security and keep information more safefrom cyber attacks. Office 365, is an example of a current cloud service.
May 2019 saw the introduction of 5G in certain parts of the UK, although it’s not nationwide yet. This new mobile phone network should see an increase in speed of up to 1 GB per second. That makes it up to 10 times faster than 4G. It also promises to be more consistent. Hospitality, manufacturing and retail are some of the industries expected to benefit from 5G because a fast consistent service will enable your business to have more instant communication with your customers and faster deliveries.
Internet of things
The smart devices that communicate with each other over the internet with the purpose of collecting and processing data are what is known as the internet of things. Common uses in business include: remote monitoring by security cameras, tracking activities that confirm proper procedures are being followed, smart lighting and heating to reduce bills, sensors in equipment to alert you when they need repairing and monitoring of stock levels ensuring you won’t run out of anything a customer wants.
AI – Automation
By handing over mundane jobs to automation you can optimise staff time, speed up processes, and potentially see less errors. Tasks that could beautomated include marketing platforms inventory management, auto reminders for invoices and chatbots who can provide a 24/7 service and can be built for your company for a monthly subscription
The rise of mobile access and video means companies can offer training that is easy to access, flexible and saves money on materials. As it is now estimated that employee’s skills are becoming outdated within 5 years as technology advances ever faster it’s no wonder then that online training is a growing trend. Some popular training sites you might want to explore include: Udemy.com, edX, and LinkedIn Learning.