We live in an age of unprecedented technological development, and nowhere is this truer than in the world of business. Let’s take a look at a handful of innovations that have transformed the way the modern company operates.
Greater numbers of businesses than ever before are choosing to go cloud-based. The advantages of doing so are enormous. Offsite data storage removes the cost of expensive server hardware, and offers valuable redundancy against fires and other disasters. Cloud storage facilities benefit from enormous economies of scale, and pass this benefit onto the SMEs they serve. This translates to better security, less downtime, and lower operating costs. Plus, it means that documents can be accessed from anywhere – even outside the office.
Of course, we can’t ignore the impact the smartphone has had on the world of business. With the help of this device, we can check emails, search the internet, and even order a cab, from wherever we are in the world – and do a great deal more besides. The smartphone, combined with a responsive modern mobile infrastructure, has made app-based businesses like Uber and Deliveroo possible.
Modern call-tracking software is far more powerful than that of yesteryear. A modern website can provide visitors with a unique number to call, allowing the business to see exactly what lead a customer to make a purchase – even if that purchase wasn’t ultimately made online.
In a modern interconnected economy, logistics become critical to the health of the supply chain. A modern haulage company will be able to track the location of every package being shipped in real-time. This information can then be delivered to customers and other businesses. This has far-reaching implications for every business – even those which don’t directly rely on transport.
Thanks to privacy concerns, Virtual Private Networks have entered the mainstream, with home users using them to keep their identities secret. A VPN offers professionals a chance to work from home in a way that’s totally secure, which can help an organisation to slash travel costs for its workers. Given that remote working is one of the most-requested perks by professionals, this can make the business a more attractive place to pursue a career.
Wireless internet has come a long way over the last few decades. In the home, this means that it’s possible to watch movies from anywhere in the house; in business, it’s freed office workers from their desks, and allowed them to stay connected wherever in the building they are, cutting down on the cost of cabling at the same time. Part of what makes Wi-Fi synonymous with wireless networking is the regularity with which the standard updates. This helps it to stay ahead of emerging security threats
Adobe’s victory in the document niche stems from the universality of the .pdf format. If you’re running a computer, smartphone, tablet or laptop, the chances are overwhelming that a document formatted in this way will open and be readable. Consequently, it’s used for everything from technical datasheets to bank-statements to vacuum-cleaner manuals.
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