Okay, so maybe it’s a tad late to be sharing technology “trends” for the year. But these are actually trends that are expected to go far beyond 2012. If you haven’t looked at these technology solutions for your business yet, maybe it’s time you got on the band wagon, or at least listened to the opening stanzas to see if this is a tune you might like.
Cloud computing. While you may not even understand the concept yet, and you’re in good company if you don’t, learning more about this growing technology while it’s still in its infancy can help you more easily implement it down the road when you do understand the need.
According to Wikipedia, cloud computing is Internet-based computing that allows “resources, software, and information” to be shared collectively, much like “the electricity grid.” Cloud computing allows users to place a file or data online that is then accessible by any number of other people who may edit, adapt, alter or simply read that information at will.
If you have a team who work on projects collectively, making use of cloud computing capabilities and technology can save a considerable amount of time as well as eliminate duplication of both information and labor, thereby saving a lot of money over time. All valid reasons to look at cloud computing options which are much more affordable than you may realize.
Upgraded user interfaces. There was a time when a “high tech” company was one with top notch computers and fax machines in every office. That’s not the case today. Instead, businesses that like to stay abreast of changing technology are making use of such things as voice, touch screens, kinetics and more to maintain their edge in the world of high tech. And as new developments arise, this trend is expected to rise exponentially.
While these are only two of the many up and coming technology trends savvy business owners can make use of, these two in particular are worth considering for even the smallest companies. They’re affordable in many ways but can make a tremendous difference in a company’s ability to provide competitive services and keep up with the ever growing field of competition, regardless of the industry.