March 1, 2018

The Latest in Office Technology

Office TechnologyThe world is changing and so is office technology. If you compare today’s office environment to that of the 90s, then the office of two decades ago would seem like a foreign place. Office technology is changing quickly and keeping up with it can be difficult if you’re not aware of the latest office trends regarding technology. To help you out, I am going to provide you with a list of the latest in office technology!

Over the past decade or two, office culture and environment has changed dramatically and a major factor driving this change is technology. The technology around us—including that in the workplace, has evolved drastically in past few years. Each year, new technology is changing how we work and live our lives. Just like previous years, new technology is expected to affect office life in 2018. But, what is the technology we’re talking about and how exactly will it change the workplace? Let’s find out.

Innovation in VR Technology

Virtual reality or VR has increased in popularity and become a buzzword in the past few years. During this time, we’ve seen the release of Sony’s PlayStationVR, the HTC Vive, and the Oculus Rift. But, this isn’t the end of the innovation in VR technology. In 2018, new VR technology is expected to impact our lives and make its way to the workplace.

Today, businesses cannot afford to ignore VR technology. In fact, making use of this cutting-edge tech is essential to better serve customers. Not only that, VR technology is driving experimentation with new software and the exploration of new users experience opportunities that can help the business to grow. In the past couple of years, there has been increase in use of VR technology by businesses include the tech’s use in medical hospitals, salons, and trainings.

VR for trainings is of particular interest to businesses today and the use of virtual reality for training is expected to increase in 2018. In addition to training, businesses are likely to use the technology during 2018 for meetings and prototyping.

In 2017, VR tech made great strides—both as a technology and a workplace tool. To improve training procedures, minimize the time from concept-to-production, and deliver fully immersive customer experiences, more and more businesses today are turning to VR technology. VR is changing how businesses operate and this is no exaggeration and if you want your business to keep pace with the competition, then make sure that you have the latest VR tech on-board.

Cloud File Streaming

Have you subscribed to the G Suite’s Google Drive for desktop? If you have, then you may be looking forward to March 2018 nervously. While Goggle Drive will still be here in April 2018, it will not let you sync and store files from your desktop from March onwards. However, an alternative is available to you which is using Drive File Stream for cloud streaming.

The sleeker, and faster alternative to file download, Cloud file streaming provides you access to files on-demand and without any lag time. By allowing you stream files directly from the cloud, Drive File Stream eliminates the need to download files, giving you faster access to the desired files. There are several reasons to enable cloud streaming for your office including:

  • Less sync- time
  • Less demand on disk space
  • Minimal company data stored on hard drives
  • Decreased network bandwidth load

There is a strong argument for adopting this tech in the office and the above facts are a representation of this. In the business world, time is money and everything that saves your business time, contributes to and increases your bottom line. Cloud File streaming is one such thing and you shouldn’t think twice about adopting it in your office.

Smart Apps

According to Gartner—the American research and advisory company, artificial intelligence (AI) will be incorporated by every app and service in the coming future. To understand this, you just need to look at the intelligent virtual assistants such as Siri, Cortana, and Alexa and how they are helping us to perform various tasks from ordering a pizza to paying your bills to managing our workday.

By tapping the potential of artificial intelligence (AI), businesses can significantly increase the productivity in their workplace/office. Some of the common office tasks that AI can make faster and easier include scheduling meetings and checking through email. There is a strong case for integrating more smart apps or the apps enabled by AI into the enterprise workflows and networks.

In 2018 and beyond, insight sharing and analytics derived from the use of machine learning to automate insight discovery, analysis, and data preparation will benefit office workers in many ways. The use of smarts apps in the office is expected to increase in 2018 and this trend will continue for many years to come.

Technology that Elevates Computer Use

Each year, computers are modified to do more. In 2018, things are no different and proving this is the Neonade AirBar. Ever wished you could swipe and zoom your computer? Well, Neonade AirBar—tech that adds touchscreen capabilities to older computers or laptops, allows you to do exactly that.

An attachment that sits pretty at the bottom of your PC or laptop, Neonade AirBar allows you to handle your PC /laptop like a tablet. This tech promises to make work fun for all those who are used to swiping, and tapping on their phones or other portable devices. Also, it can make app-testing easier for developers.

The cool technologies above are just a few of the countless tech gadgets driving change in workplace today. If you want to know about other latest office tech, then get in touch with us today!

by Bobby J Davidson

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