It is always discussed as such in the tech circles that conventional business enterprises are slow to adapt to the latest technological advancements. This may have been more so in the past, but things are changing at a fast pace now. Seeing that the smaller players adapt to the emerging trends so quickly and take advantage of it, bigger and traditional enterprises too now react quickly to the latest technologies and establish novel ways to integrate these into the business.
In this article, we will discuss some significant technological advancements and trends, through which all types of businesses ranging from small, medium, to large-scale enterprises may get benefited.
1) AR (Augmented Reality)
Next, to artificial intelligence, Augmented Reality is the new talk of the town. For those who are expecting more from it, Microsoft has already unveiled its latest HoloLens glasses. The company has already announced it, which will come into the hands of developers at the first quarter of next year itself.
Even though this technology is in its infant phase, it is clear that Microsoft does have its focus set on enterprise customers. The business suite already listed for sale includes features like.
- Windows Store for business – In which an It department can set up a private enterprise store.
- MDM (Mobile Device Management) – Enterprises can simultaneously manage multiple HoloLens devices by using cloud-based Microsoft InTune.
- Windows Update for Business – Supporting long-term servicing with OS updates to devices.
- Data Security – Features like BitLocker data encryption as well as secure boot to provide an advanced level of security protection
- Work access – Remote access to the corporate network through VPN on HoloLens.
It is believed that enterprises can actually use AR devices like HoloLens to preview designs, remotely handle business, and relate things to the real world for more perfection. As we know, new better business ideas are better understood when shows, and not told.
2) Wireless conferencing
Modern-day enterprises may have multiple meeting rooms with facilities to bring teams together and devise strategies. Displaying images and arranging video conferences were a troublesome process previously with a clunky bulk of cables, wires, connectors, and devices.
However, now meeting rooms have become modern in the wireless era. Most of the small-scale businesses started using simpler solutions like Google’s Chromecast or Apple’s Airplay, and for bigger corporate, there are more robust solutions.
It is ideal for businesses to adopt a wireless solution now to connect their offices, teams, employees, and clients to make business collaboration and operations much easier for all, irrespective of the physical location. One such advanced solution is Kramer’s VIA line used to collaborate tools for conference rooms. With VIA, you can wirelessly stream presentations and videos across locations.
VIA also integrated with devices run on various platforms, so that the users can easily connect a PC, Mac, iPhone, or Android device to share their presentations. BYOD (Bring Your Device) is the practice most of the businesses follow now, and integration of wireless collaboration makes its data and information transmission much easier and secure.
3) Internet of Things (IoT) for enterprises
When it comes to smart air conditioning, automated lights, or security cameras, IoT plays vital in a wide range of consumer-centric technologies. Even though this is what most of us heard of, the benefits of IoT are more enterprise-centric than for individual consumers.
Enterprise turns out to be one of the biggest markets for IoT technologies and devices. The manufacturing industry is already taking big advantage of connected cameras, sensors, and chip-level devices to monitor efficiency and enhance productivity.
Internet of Things is not simply aimed at empowering things, but its primary focus is more on empowering people. Take the example of manual data gathering and entry being largely replaced by IoT input devices, which helps to limit mistakes and also free up more work hours of employees, which can be applied to more productive and intellectual tasks. Moreover, connected devices will help accelerate employee mobility by allowing workers to produce more in lesser time, irrespective of their physical location across the globe.
4) Usage of 3D printing technology
This technology does have its roots in the enterprise, so it will surely affect the corporate business functions. This is already very true in the manufacturing sector and at every place where rapid and precise prototyping is very important.
Not just at large-scale enterprises, but 3D printing has now expanded to consumer space too and became so popular lately at the hardware startups which are experimenting with newer designs. It also intrudes now into the fashion world by taking advantage of the dramatic cost and waste reduction 3D printers offers.
At an enterprise level, 3D enables a fast and easy mode of building whatever you want from thin air. Instant prototyping capabilities offer businesses an opportunity to try any new things as they wish. Most importantly, it allows them to make any number of mistakes to test and correct it multiple times before the right one is created.
Gartner says that the shipments of 3D printers are almost doubling up by the year 2018. In every possibility, this cutting-edge technology will surely play a greater role in the day-to-day business processes, and enterprises will enjoy more major innovation at reduced manufacturing costs.
You may feel wearables is purely is solely consumer-specific, right? Ranging from smartwatches to fitness trackers, that is what we have seen to-date. However, there two opportunities it set open for enterprises also as healthcare and in the smartwatch space.
With most of the wearables focusing on fitness, it is a great opportunity for the businesses promoting healthy lifestyles. Moreover, any enterprise will surely benefit from a healthy workforce, so keep them fit with the implementation of such healthcare gadgets will surely be an advantage.
Smartwatches, on the other hand, will provide the employee’s scope of additional mobility and more flexibility on how they work, stay connected always and gets real-time business updates on the go.
With the entry of more and more technology giants into the field of business-technology integration, it is for sure that the future of business adaptation to technology is bright. On the other hand, if you are not keeping up with the same pace of this technology-business integration, survival in a long run may be in question.
Isabella Rossellini is a marketing and communication expert at National Debt Relief. She also serves as a content developer with years of experience. She has covered an extensive range of topics in her posts, including business and start-ups.