It is impossible to deny we live in a highly digitalised world. Some people still resist accepting this fact, or they struggle with staying up to date, but majority of us have embraced the advantages this offers.
It is not only our lives that are affected, but our work environment as well. So let’s consider just some of the ways technology has changed the ways our business operates.
One of the great improvements computers have caused in the last decade is the development of cloud computing. Basically, all the data are stored in a virtual cloud, somewhere in the depths of the World Wide Web, which makes all the data available anytime.
This has also decreased the possibility of losing the data due to system crashes, and brought about the fear of the data being hacked by external parties. Yet, security is also being improved daily, so this fear is almost meaningless.
Most of us own at least one smart device. Be it a smartphone, a tablet, a netbook, or any sort of a similar device, they are there to help us stay connected and to make our lives easier.
They enable us to stay in touch with friends and family far, far away; they provide entertainment during commuting, be it music, video, movies, or reading; they are our digital cameras; they keep track of how we spend our funds; they help us organize and remember important dates and anniversaries; they have, basically, turned into our most intimate acquaintances and we cannot do without them for a single hour, let alone a day.
Once there is no internet connection for a couple of minutes, we also crash, because we lose touch with everything, but really everything. There is no possibility to see or locate people, and there is a stop in information flow we are so used to.
The best thing about this connectivity is there is a smart phone app for virtually anything. Be it travelling, flights and accommodation organization; dining and going out; sightseeing; shopping and leisure; clothing and make up; language learning; you name it, and there is an app to help you out anytime.
And it is now possible to do almost anything from anywhere, just as long as your digital device is equipped with proper software.
Another great impact of digitization is it enabled us to work from home and to create virtual offices, thus came freelancing as a job description.
Many people now have more than one job, doing one officially by being in an office, and freelancing with others, usually during leisure time.
Even if we are physically at an office, we can communicate with colleagues from another country or even continent. We can organize a video conference or see the office furniture they have, share experiences and advice on where and how to get the best offer and how to personalize our offers so as to suit our clients’ needs.
Once something gets popular and more people find interest in it, thanks to this digitalised world, it also spreads even more, sometimes to the extent we would never say is possible. Almost any service can now be found online and you can even chose among them. And since the offer is so wide, the price of services must go down, in order to stay competitive and to stay in business. This is most evident in IT sector, where many good programmers and IT experts earn their living working for a foreign company from abroad and do not even have to look for jobs anymore.
Small businesses bloom
With all the technology available both online and offline, small businesses and entrepreneurship just flourish. They have all they need at their disposal for free and if they are smart enough, they can easily make technology work for them. Funding options and grants are offered on a daily basis and can easily be found if you know what to look for.
Whatever your standpoint on this digitization is, remember that technology is here to stay. The best is to accept it and make it work on your side.