New Technologies and the Changes They are Forcing in Business Kevin Gardner Politics & Economics Technology is changing the way business gets done. Computers are becoming faster and more affordable, improving the way the world works. The most important skill now may be to simply keep up with it all. If you aren’t up to date with the relevant technology for your business, you should put aside some time to upgrade. This article will explain the major areas of business that are being changed by cutting-edge technology today. Telecommuting is the New Normal Businesses are requiring less of their employees to come into the office now that telecommuting is so effective. It’s possible for a large percentage of a company’s employees to work from remote locations while still getting their work done and communicating with each other. There are several technologies at play in making remote work possible. For one thing, easy video conferencing has made face-to-face communication possible from far away. High speed internet also enables large files to be sent back and forth without lag time. This is key for data-intensive jobs. Some employers even set up their employee’s remote workstations with monitoring software. This allows bosses to see exactly what’s going on laptop’s screen during work hours. Employees know that they are being monitored and therefore they don’t waste time on frivolous websites. It’s a simple way to help keep everybody honest while still enabling long-distance work for the employee. Third Party Services Replace In-House Staff Modern businesses don’t need to hire in-house staff for a lot of what they do. Anything from HR to customer support can be outsourced to a trustworthy third party. These services are usually apps that can be accessed from every employee’s phone. Basic cloud computing has made a lot of this outsourcing possible by leveraging huge amounts of computing power at affordable rates. Artificially intelligent algorithms can learn from your company’s inputs over time to offer increasingly targeted service for you on the cloud. These systems often work much more efficiently than the old human-powered versions. The cost of starting a business is lower now that less tasks need to be handled by in-house employees. It’s never been easier to try to start a new venture. Computer Skills are a Core Competency Anybody who wants to work at a forward-thinking company today needs computer skills. All modern workplaces expect enough technological literacy that the employee can install software and do basic troubleshooting on their own. This is a big shift from the old days. It used to be possible to “not be a computer person” and leave that work to the IT team. More and more these days, basic computer skills are as fundamental as math skills. You need to be able to operate a computer just like you need to be able to do addition and multiplication at work. This trend is unlikely to change anytime soon. The world is becoming even more technology dependent with each passing year. As computers become even more prevalent, computer skills will become even more valuable. It’s not too late for people who feel like they have fallen behind the technology curve. There are classes available around the world for people who need remedial computer lessons. It’s often possible to find these kinds of all-ages courses at community colleges. New Technology for New Business Businesses in the 21st century need to put technology at the front and center of what they do. Computers are getting better every day, and the influence of technology on everyday life will become even stronger as time goes on. Prepare now for a future that will be dominated by the latest and greatest technological inventions. Featured image courtesy of the Library of Congress.