Writing about technology is usually pretty easy since it changes so quickly and has such an impact on our daily lives. With a new year ahead I thought I would take a look at the hottest trends in technology. For business, the continuing growth of cloud services is a trend that is impacting the way businesses, clients and employees use technology. There are several trending opportunities that cloud services bring to business and these should merit investigation as part of your planning.
We work with a lot of companies where technology decisions are made without the tactical advantage of a committee dedicated to defining and managing the many aspects of technology and how it impacts the business. I think it is more important than ever to gather the troops and work on business and IT planning as shared components to an overall company strategy.
There are lots of reasons to update your website but one of the most important is to keep it at the top of the search engine results when customers or vendors are looking for the products and services you sell. Today as much as 60 percent of web browsing is now done on mobile devices, smartphones, tablets and a wider range of screen sizes. Websites that are not built to accommodate these different devices don’t display content properly, often due to incompatible motion formats like Adobe Flash.
What is becoming more clear is how the cloud is changing the way business works. These cloud services have lots of advantages for businesses, including increased security, the ability to scale use, and immediate access to new options and software versions.
The review of technology advancements and how they will impact our businesses and lives is a popular topic in industry journals and on the web. While I realize that not everyone spends time exploring these sources to learn about the latest developments and logical predictions, I am always surprised when a job applicant is unaware about how changes and trends in technology may impact their chosen profession and derail their career.
As your business computing services are migrated to cloud services, your reliance on Internet connectivity will increase. With critical applications and services being delivered from the cloud, or from remote sites and service providers, loss of Internet service can completely stop business or create issues where certain business processes can’t be performed.
Technology developments are giving outsourcing firms new tools to deliver business services more effectively. Cloud services, collaboration tools and communication advancements make it possible for outsource providers to deliver these services more efficiently and often at a lower cost.