Every year brings new developments in the information technology sector, and 2019 will be no exception. Hardware and software producers introduced a slew of new and revamped products for businesses of all sizes over the last 12 months, and the upcoming year will see even more time-saving and productivity-enhancing apps for businesses come to market.
Accelerating Your Mobile Workforce
Modern information technology makes it possible for most or even all your staff to work remotely. With today’s mobile workforce, you have both contractors and employees working from home, on the go traveling, or living in other countries.
Recent research from Stanford University’s Prof. Jeremy Bloom shows that employees are more productive telecommuting than working at an office, so developing a remote work policy can have direct business benefits.
With the ubiquity of broadband connections, connection speed is no longer a hindrance for remote work. Instead, the limits are technology and culture.
When making IT investments, consider a “mobile-first” paradigm. See how processes scale beyond the existing LAN. For applications, Progressive Web Apps can bridge the gaps of short-term outages.
Executives must develop a mobile leadership to change their businesses’ culture. You need to consider issues from communication to recognition to embrace mobility and profit from it.
Expanding the Use of AI
Artificial intelligence (AI) has been used in a limited number of business applications such as currency trading and commodities hedging for more than a decade. However, the utility of AI in business applications has expanded rapidly over the last few years, and 2019 is likely to be a banner year for businesses adopting AI.
Marketing is one key application for modern machine-learning based AI systems. Whether it is analyzing your buying patterns to be able to offer you a variety of products you are likely to want/need or a chatbot interacting with you on a retailer’s website when you have questions, AI is becoming an integral part of 21st century marketing.
Sophisticated AI systems are used to monitor networks for possible intrusions or malfunctions, and can even identify the likely source of most malware based on the characteristics of the software. The cost of AI systems designed for network monitoring continues to decrease, making them increasingly available to enterprises of all sizes. This supports your scalable, mobile infrastructure.
Taking Advantage of New Focusing Tools
Today’s instant gratification world brings many opportunities to be entertained and spend money right to us. It’s just too easy to get distracted by social media or online shopping or playing Fortnite when you are supposed to be concentrating on a specific task at work.
The good news is that technology offers tools to help keep us on track, Check out Pomodoro timers to help you take breaks at the right time to keep you optimally alert and functioning at a high level, or you can also choose from a variety of website blockers that will help you stay focused on the task at hand.
Pomodoro timers are commonly used by freelancers and telecommuters working from home. Larger firms are investing in technologies designed to make workers more productive by optimizing their physical condition and/or making sure they are working when they are at their physical and mental peak.
The start of a new year is an ideal time to undertake an annual “productivity check up”. This involves taking a close look at your business processes, comparing the raw numbers to last year’s, breaking the figures down into individual processes, and brainstorming for ways to improve productivity.
Taken together, there are large gains from building an infrastructure around security and remote work, creating the culture that support that work and giving employees the tools that promote their best work.