When it comes to digital trends, the key is finding the technologies and innovations that can change the way you do business.
If you’re an entrepreneur, then you better be paying close attention to upcoming trends and developments in the digital landscape. By taking advantage of these trends, you and your team can accomplish tasks faster, communicate more effectively, and transform the way you deliver products and services.
Here are the top digital trends that can help transform and grow your business.
Trend #1 Dedicated devices
Even as “bring your own device” (BYOD) has become a buzzword in the workplace, companies have also started issuing dedicated devices to their employees such as laptops and smartphones. For field workers who collect data or process forms, tablets have proven to be more efficient as they marry the usability of a laptop and the portability of a smartphone.
Why it’s good for you: Issuing a dedicated device empowers your employees to perform their job well. By using technologies that fit and add value to their workflow, they are able to accomplish tasks faster. For your company, this spells not only big savings in the long run, but also reduced training time and increased usage of issued devices.
Trend #2 Connected mobility
Millennial employees expect mobility that doesn’t come at the cost of productivity. The 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey revealed that around 77 percent of millennial employees want more mobile connectivity in their jobs. As such, more and more companies are now adopting a “mobile-first” approach to work, as powered by connected devices, the cloud, and mobile applications.
Why it’s good for you: Take advantage of mobile devices and applications that enable your employees to access company data and services seamlessly and securely, whenever and wherever they might be working. If you’re a logistics company, for example, equip your delivery personnel with smartphones that have cloud-based global positioning system (GPS) platform, such as Waze or Google Maps. This would help them make location-based decisions in real time leading to improved response times, productivity, and customer service. Consequently, optimizing routes will help your company save money as you’ll need fewer vehicles and less fuel to deliver your goods.
Trend #3 Cloud-based solutions
The cloud means that software and services run primarily on the Internet. As long as a stable and secure Internet connection is available on a device, the cloud can make company data and services more accessible and usable to employees, especially for those who are always on the go and working remotely.
Why it’s good for you: By using cloud-based tools such as project management suites (e.g., Basecamp, Trello, Asana), communication channels (e.g., Slack, Viber), and file-sharing and data management platforms (e.g., Google Drive, Dropbox), you promote communication and collaboration among team members at any time, and from any location.
Some back-office functions, such as payroll processing and daily timekeeping, can now also be processed, managed, and automated through different cloud-based solutions. All these can save you much-needed time and money, without sacrificing accuracy and productivity.
Ultimately, these digital technologies can help your employees accomplish menial tasks as quickly as possible, so that they can have more time and freedom to focus on the more important aspects of your growing company.
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