It’s no secret that technology is evolving on a daily basis. Whether it’s artificial intelligence or machine learning, emerging technologies are revolutionizing the way we used to do things and communicate with others. These devices and systems are also quickly becoming an integral part of countless industries, such as banking and healthcare.
If you’re a new worker or have been in the business for a long time, it’s important to know what technologies are relevant in the workplace so you can learn the necessary skills to navigate through your industry.
Here are 5 technologies you need to know in today’s workplace:
1. Internet of Things (IOT)
The Internet of Things (IOT) is one of the biggest trends to merge into the workplace in recent years. The Internet of Things or IOT is the concept that all devices, from tablets to smartphones, are all connected to the Internet and each other, which bridges the gap between the physical and digital worlds.
In the workplace, these connected devices can really impact your work productivity and efficiency by easily performing simple tasks in the blink of an eye. It can also improve tracking, analytics, and other useful processes in industries like marketing and media.
2. Touch Commerce
Touch commerce gives users the ability to order anything they want online with just a touch of a finger. And while it sounds like something from a sci-fi movie, the truth is it is now a reality.
Users are able to easily buy the items they want online from their phones and tablets—all thanks to a combination of touch-screen technology and online shopping. This form of technology is one of the biggest trends to hit the business and ecommerce industries, and being aware of it can help you as a worker determine whether it’s worth using as a strategy.
3. Cognitive Technology
Cognitive technology is a broader scope of machine learning that includes natural language processing (NLP) and speech recognition. When these features are combined, cognitive technology can effortlessly perform tasks that were once done by people, such as analyzing metrics.
Cognitive technologies can be applied broadly to various industries, but may directly affect the software industry, as 95% of software companies are expected to have these technologies by 2020. This will require workers within this industry to brush up their skills on navigating cognitive technologies.
4. Digital Collaboration Tools
Internal communications is highly important within any industry. Because of this, more tools are being developed that make communications between employees and employers less of a hassle.
Two popular digital collaboration tools are Slack and Microsoft Teams—both of which encourage real-time collaboration between workers. This makes it easier to plan out projects, delegate tasks, share documents, and more. Learning to navigate and manage these tools can be a huge help as more of these technologies become relevant.
5. Employee-Centered Apps
Apps that tailor to employees are rising in relevance in today’s workplace. These include payroll programs like Wave creating apps that let employees to view their pay stubs and review tax forms.
Many internal intranet sites are also making the transition to apps for better user access through mobile, which may allow for easier communication and sharing important information.
As many more technologies emerge and change different industries, it’s essential for workers to remain up-to-date so they can gain the necessary skills. These technologies will further help you and your fellow co-workers produce high quality work as you spend less time performing tedious tasks.
For more technology trends to look forward to in 2019, check out our blog, New Technology Trends to Look Out For in 2019.