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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Talking Tech - 5 Communications Innovations That Are Changing How We Work

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Communications technology has steadily become an integral part of our working lives. Just think about all the digital and telephony-related innovations that have grown to be recognized and used by billions of people worldwide. With all the frequent upgrades and developments, it doesn’t look like these technologies are going to pass us by anytime soon. In fact, here are five communications innovations that are already transforming the way we work:

1. Integrated Communications Systems
Integration and collaboration are more than just modern buzzwords. Using modern CMS platforms and unified communications solutions can save your business an enormous amount of time, money and effort by streamlining all your internal and external communications media into one, cloud-based platform. A unified communications system can be especially important for bridging the communications gap between your remote workers and on-site team by providing everyone with cloud-based access to telephony, messaging and video conferencing. Furthermore, an advanced UC system can save your business money by streamlining your comms, eliminating the need to run multiple systems simultaneously.

2. Cloud Computing
Cloud computing works wonders when it comes to file and media storage, sharing and real-time collaboration. If your business is expanding or involves a degree of travel and movement, cloud services ensure that you can access all your data and work from anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection. Better yet, these systems are generally rather inexpensive and require minimal to no ongoing I.T costs.

3. Virtual Workplaces
As the jokes about modern society say; we now hire transport from companies that own no cars, accommodation from companies that own no property and with virtual offices and we work for employers who own no workspaces. The trade-off of basing your business out of a virtual office is the time and cost savings from not having to manage a space yourself but still having the professional edge of a central address, call handling and mail forwarding services.

4. IoT and Smart Technologies
Smart devices have garnered a lot of talk and publicity in recent years as people critique and toy with the idea of managing their home and office environments via their smartphones. Smart technologies in the workplace can be a significant asset for your business in terms of productivity and security.

Smart thermostats, security, fridges, lighting and even furniture such as automated windows allow you to monitor your office and ensure it is adequately set or locked up no matter where you are. You can program the timing, temperatures, and settings so that you can maximize your energy efficiency and lower your utility costs all from your phone.

5. Big Data Analytics
An increasingly significant and growing field; big data analytics, allows businesses to make sense of complex data like customer behaviors and preferences to enable better-informed decisions and conclusions. The major advantage of using data analysis software is the capability to interpret large volumes of information like transactions, mobile data, and social media quickly in ways a human simply cannot. Analytics can then be used to make valuable decisions and reduce risks regarding productivity and corporate spending.

These innovations are not suitable for all types of small business at the present moment, but given their fast speed of adoption and development, it’s only a matter of time. Your best bet today, is implementing and getting used to using more integrated communications and upgrading your technology based on what is most likely to boost your business productivity.

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