Top 3 Tech Trends that will Change the Workplace

June 11, 2013

In a previous generation, the business world moved at a slower pace. Computers were virtually nonexistent, no one had heard of the “internet” and simply having a reliable┬ámail carrier was a blessing. It was a simpler time.

Today’s workplace, however, is undergoing rapid change. Employees in every sector are becoming more tech-savvy and therefore, ultimately more productive. Business technology is constantly changing, and it’s difficult to get a good grip on the state of the tech world today. But in this decade, there are a few trends rising above the rest as the key driving factors behind the evolution of the office.

Here are three overarching storylines to watch.

Cloud computing
It’s no longer enough just to write a document and save it on your computer. To get the most utility, a savvy businessperson puts data in the cloud, where it can be accessed from any place at any time. Workers today are always on the move, and they need to access important files in the office, at home or on the road. The cloud helps make data easily accessible. According to Information Management, cloud solutions have been embraced in the last five years across a variety of departments including marketing, customer service, sales, human resources, finance and more.

Mobile solutions
Considering all the data stored in the cloud, workers need an easy way to access it, and increasingly, they’re turning to gadgets like smartphones and tablets to do so. Mobile devices make an easy way for employees to stay connected – they’re small and portable, and given the proliferation of apps today, they offer virtually the same capabilities as PCs. According to research from Bortland, we’re about to see a massive increase in the number of business apps accessible on mobile devices, from 31 percent in 2013 to 46 percent by 2016.

Big data
For companies looking to analyze their client bases and find trends that can help them make shrewd decisions, times have never been easier. Analysts now have an astounding amount of data at their fingerprints, and they’re using it to find actionable business intelligence quickly and efficiently. Big data takes all the guesswork out of business – companies can now make decisions confidently, given the vast banks of information at their disposal.

Technology has made businesses more efficient, flexible and ultimately profitable. These are three trends in the present, but there’s no telling what the future may bring.