If there is one thing we have to be accustomed to in our work environment, it is change. In recent years, technological advances have made us evolve at a dizzying pace and only people who know how to adapt to these changes will be able to survive in an increasingly competitive work environment.
If you still do not know the new technologies that are revolutionizing your workplace, here are the 5 most important digital innovations in the workplace:
- The Cloud
Cloud-based technology has simplified work processes. This tool provides greater flexibility and security, as it allows us to make regular backups and recover information in case of data loss. It also has the advantage of allowing us to access our folders and data from anywhere.
Thanks to this tool, large and small companies benefit from quick access to information, saving costs in hardware and software systems.
- Big Data
That Big Data is the profession of the 11th century has already become clear to us, given the digitalization process in which we are immersed. Big Data is made up of the large volume of data that floods us today, but, above all, it is very useful to understand it from a business and organizational point of view. The important thing about this concept is to understand what companies do with such a large volume of information and how they use it to their advantage to have a better strategic vision of the business, and thus make the best decisions and achieve optimal results. Through data analysis, companies can explore variables that lead them, for example, to discover customer trends and improve their marketing strategy.
Big Data, combined with Artificial Intelligence, can be extremely useful in areas such as: the health sector, research, drug research or even applied to purchasing departments.
- Wireless technology
Thanks to wireless technology, workers can connect from anywhere. On the road, at home or in a coffee shop, any location is a good place to perform our functions and increase our productivity. In addition, the widespread use of mobile devices and laptops helps to maintain immediate contact with customers and colleagues. At the same time and as an added value, an office with wireless technology also creates a cleaner and more cable-free atmosphere, with a visual space that is conducive to work.
- Video technology
According to a Cisco study, video will represent 70% of Internet traffic in Spain by 2021. This data gives us a sample of the great importance of video today and the future that lies ahead. Video is used for interviews, inter-office communication, advertising, branding, entertainment, etc. Its growth is unstoppable!
Video has also reduced the need to have people working in the same place, which was the mainstay of traditional office culture, and has even revolutionized job interviews. It is no longer necessary to see the candidate in person, profiles can be selected through a Skype job interview.
- Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
VR and AR are two new technologies that complement each other. But what is the difference between the two? Their main difference, to put it simply, is that Augmented Reality works with objects and elements of the real world, that is, this technology allows to superimpose artificial virtual elements on the vision of reality. On the other hand, Virtual Reality operates in the artificial world, it creates an environment of scenes and objects of real appearance, on an artificial environment created by computer. From a business point of view, AR and VR have the ability to access certain sensory and emotional areas of the brain.
But how will these technologies affect the work environment?
Today Virtual Reality is present in presentations, lectures or video presentations where the speaker can conduct a talk in a meeting room without the need to be present. Augmented Reality has a greater impact in sectors such as industry, where skills and processes can be superimposed on the employee’s workplace.
As you can see, technological advances have always had a revolutionary effect on the workplace in order to facilitate processes and functions, optimizing resources and increasing productivity. Knowing how they will affect each of us and to what extent is difficult, but, what we do know is that technological changes are here to stay as demonstrated by our latest study The Future of Work, which deals with how Artificial Intelligence, robotics and automation will affect the workplace of the future. We have to know how to adapt to them and take advantage of them as our absolute allies.
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