Unfortunately, we are not Marty McFly (Back to the Future reference) and we do not have a time machine to go see what the future has in store for us or to grab a sports almanac. Before we go forward, let’s look back: when it comes to technology in the workplace, the last few decades have seen a tidal wave of change that’s rapidly gaining momentum – from the switch from typewriters to word processers to computers, and most recently, to tablets and smartphones, technology is quickly changing the modern office.
As you’re probably aware, the typical 9-5 workday in an office environment has, in many cases, been completely altered due to the need for increased productivity and lowered costs. So what can we expect from technology in the workplace throughout the next ten years? Here’s an idea:
- Virtual communication & remote work environments: Traditional work environments are becoming more unproductive than ever before, and many businesses are moving towards the hybrid workplace – giving employees the opportunity to utilize remote access technologies, cloud services, and audio/video conferencing solutions to work from outside the office.
- Smaller & more portable devices: Many businesses are choosing smaller, more portable devices compared to traditional PCs. In fact, many devices are developed with minimal footprint while maintaining the ability to portray high-resolution images & run critical applications; which means more employees will be much more flexible. Several concept laptops rely on touch-sensitive screens that act as the system’s keyboard and mouse and go beyond today’s multi-touch technology. Imagine being able to slide your finger across the screen to immediately shut off the display and keep what you’re working on confidential, and you get an idea of its potential.
- Enhanced device power and internet speed: The next generation of laptops, notebooks, and tablets will deliver a much higher level of computing power than those available today while the next generation of broadband Internet connection speeds and bandwidth will increase drastically to improve efficiency in the workplace. By 2015, the typical mainstream notebook could be outfitted with a 2TB hard disk drive, which should be plenty of room for even the biggest data hog, the experts speculated.
- Affordable & cost-efficient devices: As the global smartphone market is expected to grow exponentially in the upcoming years, the growth is dependent on reducing the cost of mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones, in order to reach the hands of mass market users while ensuring affordability.
So what does this mean for small to mid-size businesses like yours? Ultimately, your business can expect to become more mobile, flexible, and cost efficient due to cloud technologies, more mobile devices, and increased power and speed; however, there’s significant concerns to consider:
- Are employees mitigating the risks of malware infections and data loss on mobile devices?
- Do remote access solutions have security measures in place to prevent unauthorized access?
- Does the cloud provider offer a guaranteed uptime to ensure accessibility for remote employees?
- Is your data stored in the cloud safeguarded with encryption and various security measures to ensure protection?
Unfortunately, these risks are just the beginning of the risks associated with technology in the next ten years. To learn more about the future of technology and how to mitigate the risks, give us a call at (800) 875- or send us an email at 8843ITsolutions@osisit.com. One Source Imaging Solutions is pleased to help you stay up to date on the latest advancements in the ever-evolving world of technology!