Only one thing never changes at work: change. The change in what we do, where we do it and, above all, how we do it. Twenty-five years ago, many employees still used pens and paper for much of their work. Today, however, laptops, mobile phones and tablets are the norm.
What about the new digital solutions that are spreading and revolutionizing work today?
1. Cloud technology
Cloud computing simplifies work processes by providing agility and security and allowing for scaling up regular backup and recovery solutions based on business size and needs.
Businesses benefit from easier collaboration and sharing because employees can work on the same document simultaneously from anywhere, saving time and ensuring better control. The competitive market for cloud technologies means that small businesses can benefit just as much as large ones.
2. Massive data “ Big data”
Thanks to the services of data analysts, companies can exploit the massive data (“big data”) they have to analyze certain variables, for example to discover consumer trends for marketing strategies.
Proper analysis of big data combined with artificial intelligence also makes it possible to arrive at solutions more quickly and to find new links between data sets and products. In the health sector, artificial intelligence can speed up the analysis of drugs being researched and discover new uses for existing drugs.
3. Technologie sans fil « Wireless technology »
Wireless technology allows employees to connect from anywhere – their workplace, a co-working site, their home or even while commuting.
The ability to share work faster and from anywhere increases productivity, and being able to do so from a personal device promotes immediate collaboration. A wireless desk also reduces the number of printed documents and creates a cleaner workspace by reducing the number of visible cables.
4. Video technology
Used for inter-office interview and communication, advertising, brand development, entertainment etc. video is booming. According to a Cisco study, video will represent 80% of global Internet traffic by 2019.
Video format training materials have reduced the demand for on-site trainers, once a typical part of office work, by harnessing the development of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) as training tools.
5. Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)
VR and AR are different but complementary media. They are distinguished in particular by the fact that AR uses objects from the real world, while VR is set in an artificial world. From a business perspective, both AR and VR can tap into the sensory and emotional parts of the brain.
VR is used in video-based trainings by allowing an instructor to touch a classroom spread across the world as if they were all in the same room. AR technology is having an impact in industries such as manufacturing, where it allows instructions to be displayed on the work surface of employees.
Major technological advances have always revolutionized the world of work, and this process is only accelerating with the advent of artificial intelligence.