According to “The Jetsons” creators, people in the 60’s thought that in the future the skies would be filled with flying cars and robotic maids at home. Although it is hard to predict what exactly the future holds, it can be fun speculating where current trends are taking people. But one thing is for sure, the office of the future will be very different. First, going to the office will no longer be a requirement at work. Remote working is going to continue growing, and several companies across the globe have already established remote structures in a bid to keep overhead costs low. Other companies are using this type of structure to offer their employees freedom and the benefits of life balance that is acquired when working from home. Instant communication, smartphones, video conferencing and easy WiFi access are elements that seem to suggest that the remote office concept will be the norm in the future and employees can choose their place to work, experiencing no more problems with noise distraction when working remotely. Also, people should also expect to see renewed efforts on sustainability. More and more companies are already focusing on going green and strictly developing sustainability analysis of the workplaces. In the future, offices and workspaces, in general, will be expected to adhere to strict environmental footprint regulations. Therefore there will be an increase in paperless operations, reusable dishes, energy efficient office equipment and more. While predictions are just that; predictions, you can use the imagery of the office of the future to re-evaluate your current setup, and there are many predictions come true such as video conferencing. All in all, preparing for the future can be as simple as an update of office equipment.
The world of business has never been more competitive than it is today. Advertisements can’t help firms communicate their corporate messages to customers. People now prefer getting information from articles instead of advertisements. Businesses have discovered the importance of content writing and marketing in reaching out to their target audience. There are various reasons Why content is important for your website. Good content impresses readers. If you can provide content with the information that the readers are looking for, then visitors will surely subscribe to your site. The other benefit of content writing is customer development. When visitors are attracted to your content because they find it useful, they are more likely to buy your products. Content, therefore, helps to maintain a long-term relationship between the customer and the company. Providing high-quality content in the form of publications helps to build the company’s image. When readers get these publications regularly, they think of the company as a leader in the market and this assumption strengthens the corporate brand. SEO emphasises the importance of content writing. Good content features thoughtfully selected and placed keywords to ensure that your site gets a high rank in search engine results. A higher rank implies that more people will find you and this increases the conversion rate. Consequently, you can sell more products and grow your profit.
New technology and the transport industry are constantly being used to increase business productivity. In order to gain the maximum yield from your business, it is important that you are efficient. Technology trends are making efficiency a priority in the design of their apps and software. Technology reviews have suggested that the use of social media apps, messaging and video applications are the best way for businesses to get their message out to the general public. These applications and Media aids have been seen as a bridge between new technology and the transport industry. They are very evident in public transportation; buses, trains, and planes have built in screens that show various products from a large number of companies. Time is money and businesses realise this, every minute counts, and the more time clients and potential customers see your brand the higher your chances of turning a profit. A new technological advancement in the transport industry is the straddling bus nearly a reality; this innovation is a gold mine for the business and technology trends around the world.
Your website is probably the most important public profile you have out there. This is especially true if you own a business that depends on the website. I have found three easy ways that will make your web design convert more of your web visitors into loyal customers.
1) For starters, always make it easy for your visitor to find your contact information. One sure way to achieve this is by having your contact number prominently displayed on your homepage.
2) Always provide as much information in as few words as possible. This means provide a succinct, yet compelling, message that clearly addresses your customers’ needs and the possible solutions you offer.
3) Have a strong call-to-action message that will keep your visitor engaged and curious, and will entice them to use your products and services. You can do this by encouraging the reader to read more, play and engage with your page to capture his or her interest. These are my three most important ways to improve your website for better engagement. However, the central focus of your web design is to answer your visitors’ needs as efficiently and quickly as possible.
Every day seems to bring about more and more interaction with our devices: smart phones well they are just getting smarter and IT technology is constantly evolving. so what do the experts expect from 2016.
One of the latest emerging trends is the ‘digital mesh’. this is being announced as one of the most important strategic technologies of the future. Leading us forward into the digital mesh is the company Gartner and their vice president who has been quoted as saying, “In the post-mobile world the focus shifts to the mobile user who is surrounded by a mesh of devices extending well beyond traditional mobile devices,” explained David Cearley, Vice president.
The digital mesh will look to how we communicate via everything available and how that all comes together providing us with the Information of Everything. Using this is when strategic planners will have to find a way to identify the relevant and pertinent information they need for the every growing information tsunami. So we will be looking to see new business design and algorithms to help businesses corporations and everyone else move forward. This lead us directly to a increasingly used term, the Internet of Things or IoT. the amount of data collected via this is tremendous and will generate a knock on effect in how we apply it. control it, manage and use it.
Ok I have succumbed to the lure of Christmas and thought I would add my list for those who might wish to know….
- Oh yea I am a Back to the Future veteran and who would not want a hoverboard or an electric hands free scooter (what!!) ? Well I do and I do not want a helmet with it.!!
- As many of the New Star Wars gadgets as I can have – to add to my old collection. I have an original Darth Vader head to keep my figures in.
- While I am at it this jumper would be just me! Do they have it in any other colour?
- The penultimate would be (for me) some top quality headphones like the Sony MDR-1RBT. Really nice piece of equipment.
The final and ultimate present for me would be a drone but I would want the full monty, the gimbal, onboard processing and camera. Oh yea only the best. i plan to review these at some point but I really would like my own to experience what I will be writing about – who am I kidding, I want to fly one! They are tremendous.
There are some people who detest technology and the way it has forever changed our lives. Yes, there are some aspects that are downright annoying, but there can’t be any doubt about that in many instances our lives have been improved. Have you noticed that where the level of technical know-how is at an all time low, the pace of development is slow. I’m referring to some of the African countries where they don’t have sophisticated techniques of production and productivity levels are slow, and in some instances non-existent. Think of small businesses in these countries where many operate in remote areas. In developing countries, Internet banking is unknown, and the movement and security of money which allows a small business to grow isn’t in place.
Nobody can deny that the information age has increased the rate of globalization and the Internet itself has made the entire world amazingly networked world. So just imagine, if you don’t have the Internet, you lose. The adoption of technology by developing countries has had a deep effect on their economies simply because it allows individuals and businesses to communication from far off.
Continuing with our last blog post about going green and eco-friendly, I decided to talk about certain specific things which we can start doing ourselves to help make a change and we start with switching/opting for organic furniture, organic bedroom furniture to be specific for this post.
Uniquely designed furniture can magnify the beauty of your homes many folds. Your furniture can make your home look impressive and make them punch above their heights. Especially when it comes to furnishing your bedrooms, some additional thoughts have to be spared as it is the place where your pleasant dreams dwell. It is your comfort zone where you feel like a king, hence customizing your bedroom furniture which does you and the environment no harm is what you should be looking for. And for that, nothing is more hygienic and safe than organic furniture.
Furniture made from some materials like synthetic, plastic, or metal can have some health hazards. Wherever you bring this type of furniture to your home, you also bring with them tons of harmful chemicals which are coated over them. Furniture industry simply cannot thrive without treating the furniture with preservatives and chemicals to give them an enhanced look, and add years to their lifespan as well. But organic furniture for your bedroom, like beddings, cabinets, mattresses, and linen are devoid of any poisonous chemicals and pose no health concerns.
Organic furniture is eco-friendly in character as they do not ooze with or excrete deadly chemicals which thrash the green fiber of your environment. Their raw materials are grown naturally and organically without any interference from pesticides and chemicals, which during the course of time breakdown and pollute our water, soil, or air. In fact organic material like bamboo helps in purifying the air from carbon dioxide and pushes our world to go green. Along with bamboo and wood there are certain natural fibers used for furniture which are grown without the heed of pesticides like cotton, and flax.
Whilst I have been focusing on a fair amount of technological advances it would be fair to say I am on the fence regarding some of them – although I try not to be judgemental in my approach. A personal issue for me is the world we are living in and how we treat it. Sustainable, eco-friendly, zero waste, resuable, recycle and fair trade; all words that can used to describe this trend. This is not a passing fab but a growing philosophy within manner of our industries. An awareness that the carbon footprint with are creating is far too big and is destroying our world both gradually and in some cases frightening rapidly.
What can we do about this? To answer that question in one post would send anyone reading it to sleep, it would be so long, what I am thinking is over a period of time I will write different posts on aspects of this phenomenon, interspese with my other stuff of course. To whett your appetite so to speak what sort of things will I be looking at, well they will include:
- Sustainable/ eco- fashion – how designers and companies are getting on board with this. How that craziest of trends, fashion, is getting firmly on board with sustainability.
- Recycling – this is something that has been around for a long time but new initiatives are always coming out, I will focus on that aspect.
- Fair Trade – part of sustainability is not just about the product or the raw materials it is about the people who make them, how they make them. Preserving traditional methods and ensuring all people receive fair treatment in work and in pay.
- Global sustainable development goals – these goals were advanced to help achieve the following sustainable development standards by 2015, maybe time to follow up on these.
- Going Green – how we protect our enviroment and ourselves from ourselves.
I would appreciate any feedback or suggestion re the above. No promises to how often I will concieve a post but I will certainly be considering these aspects when looking at deveolpments.
The disruptive technology also has certain principles which explain how it behaves.
Principle 1: Resources are with Customers and Investors and not with the companies.
The established big players in the market embrace even the complex sustaining technology, while regularly faltering with simple disruptive technology. This is because they depend on customers and investors for their resources. Managers how good they may be think otherwise. They think that they control the resources, and this is their bane. So they try to kill the emerging disruptive technologies, because of low margins. They do not invest in these technologies, and instead build a defensive stance. The products based on disruptive technology ultimately win in the end. They have the basics of being popular with customers as they are cheap and user friendly.
So, how do the big companies counter this threat which will eventually lead to their downfall? The answer is setting up independent departments or an organization is the answer. Doing this they protect themselves from future failure and also keep on doing their current business with strength. These independent organizations work on lower margins and their main function is to keep tap on the technology as well as their demand progress. This is the only way the bigger companies can align with the forces which control the resources.
Principle 2: Large companies’ growth needs are larger and not satisfied with small markets
Disruptive technology invariably leads to the emergence of new markets. The companies that enter these markets early have the advantage over those who enter later. These smaller markets might engulf the earlier markets and become the major market in the future. The larger the company the more difficult it become for it to invest in these smaller markets. A company with $20 million turnover needs only $ 2 million increase for 10% growth while a $ 200 million company requires $20 million for the same rate of growth.
New markets are never large enough for the jumbo sized companies. So the larger is the company in terms of revenue the lowest it invests in new markets. This is the reason for the downfall. Hence the solution of Principle 1 stands here too. The big players need to have dedicated smaller companies to take care of the opportunities in the emerging new markets.
Principle 3: Non existing Markets cannot be analyzed
The well managed companies plan and execute their plans very well. When these techniques are applied to sustaining technology they work wonders. The size and growth of the existing markets can be known by market research. Since most of the innovations are sustaining the managers can garner huge profits.
However these techniques do not work with disruptive technology. Market Research, planning or forecast works best with existing markets rather than with markets which are not known. The marketing and planning techniques are tailor made for the sustaining technologies hence do not work with disruptive technology. The approach which works here is taking two courses – One for the forecast and another against it. Taking this approach the company loses money to a small extent but ensures non-failure.
Principle 4: Strength of an Organization becomes its weakness.
A well developed organization has (1) a well established process of doing things. (2) The value system of the organization. These are the strengths of the organization and have taken them to their current position in the market. They work very well with sustaining technology but fail with disruptive ones. Both process and values tend to be less flexible. This turns out as the weak link in case of emerging disruptive technologies.
New capabilities developed for the disruptive technology will help the organization on this front. The organization has to look above its processes and values, and build capabilities specific to the new technology if it seems to be disruptive.
Principle 5: Supply of Technology is not equal to market demand
The products developed through disruptive technology initially have very small market. But over an undefined period they become established products and competitive. The bigger players work on bigger margins and leave out the small margin market. Here is where the disruptive technology thrives. The low cost and extra features make it a real threat, and by the time the big organizations realize it is too late.
There have been many developments and in the future there will be more. The products which are simple and cheap but not in demand now are bound to become more popular with time. They will encompass all markets and threaten all major companies. The companies which are unable to cope-up with this new challenge are bound to fail. The managers have to recognize these disruptions and act in a manner which will ensure that they harness the advantages rather than let the opportunity go.