It’s difficult, in this modern and high-tech business ecosystem, to justify any form of inefficiency or ineptitude. With so many programs and packages of software designed to help us work more effectively, there can be few excuses for not utilizing smart technology to help us become more productive citizens, workers, and consumers. In this article, we’ll specifically look at how smart technologies in the workplace can help drive smart companies that work from data and digital systems to help build the work that the fourth industrial revolution promises.
The buzzword of all buzzwords in the 2020s will be integration. In a smart city, integration is required to link different services and utilities together into one datacenter of knowledge and activity. In a smart company, integrated software is important for workers to share information upon and work collaboratively. If you’re working with several different software packages all at once, and they don’t integrate, you’ll be working in a way that’s neither efficient nor productive. If you manage to integrate these systems, you’ll be able to produce far better work – and more of it – in 2020.
Updates and Upgrades
You should always purchase technology from companies that offer free upgrades to their paying members. This is especially true of the software technologies produced for businesses in the past few years. These technologies are developing so fast that, if you onboarded with software in 2019, there might be a far better option already out there that you’re unable to move to. Be cognizant of this risk, and always err on the side of caution when picking a central software that you’ll be relying on to drive trade in your business over time.
There is only one direction that businesses will be moving towards this decade, and that’s towards full automation. Any businessman knows how this works: a business saves money because it’s using AI-enabled software instead of humans to perform tasks. That business has lower overheads so that it can lower its prices. That business is, therefore, more competitive than a competitor that has not automated. Across the board, this means that all businesses will be required to automate this decade to maintain their competitive advantage. The tip for your business, then, is to automate as much as you can, a quickly as you can.
Improve HR Systems
Of course, it’s naïve to suggest that everything will be automated in the business world in the next ten, fifteen, or twenty years. What’s more likely is that your employees will shift into more interesting and creative roles, leaving you with a workforce that’s moving away from repetitive jobs that computers can perform, and towards a more productive and exciting set of roles. Make sure you’re automating Employee Onboarding so that they are all on the same page, and so that you save time yourself when you’re bringing in new staff to scale your business and build new teams in the changing world of work.
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By automating and adapting to modern technologies, businesses can thrive and become ‘smart’ in the 2020s, mirroring the developments we’re seeing in the ‘smart city’ space this year.