The intense technology-driven force stimulates the need for companies to accelerate change in their corporate culture in order to keep up with the era. This is because people nowadays are embracing a working style that is working from anywhere by using different devices to support their job. To this end, a tendency of borderless communication and working collaboration has emerged.
The followings are 7 important trends in future work that will unexpectedly change the working style in your organization:
Trend 1 : Ultimate Mobility in Working
According to the data from IDC, over 1.3 billion people in 2015 use a smartphone or tablet to work remotely.
Jack Uldrich, the world-class scientist, has forecasted that smartphones will grow at the rate of 6:1 compared to PCs. In other words, in the future, people will turn to portable devices for flexibility in working. This working trend is about to become a future working standard since some current portable devices are able to function like a small computer with complete functions that can operate as fast as a general computer. In this near future, it is believed that at least 50% of companies will turn to portable devices in order to reduce their IT costs as well as increase the mobility for their staff.
Trend 2: Fast Globalization
In the era where people can quickly communicate with each other, international businesses are able to expand their customer base exponentially with a platform that is called ‘E-Commerce’. Based on research by Forrester Research, revenue from E-Commerce businesses continues to increase globally. In this year, the U.S., Western Europe, and China alone were able to generate income from online sales of over 800 billion dollars. As a result, business partners and vendors are also trying to transform themselves into a global business using the E-Commerce platform. Businesses are no longer confined within one country.
Therefore, E-Commerce has completely changed the world of business. However, in the era of E-Commerce, it is necessary to utilize efficient tools in order to eliminate issues created by distance, as well as to integrate some or all business functions such as visiting the quality assurance team of the remote manufacturer, giving consultancy via video by experts on international topics, remote job interview by HR, and performance monitoring. Fast communication will also help teams that are geographically scattered to efficiently collaborate and become closer than ever. Problems related to distance will be eliminated from the business world.
Trend 3 : Collaboration through Cloud
IDC estimated that the cloud market will one day reach 118 billion dollars in 2016. Most solutions in relation to cloud are based on a more specific business demand. For example, collaboration via real time video of Video as a Service (VaaS) will come together with the ability to connect with more devices. In addition, we can see that the cloud facilitates companies to remotely monitor the operation of data centers and, at the same time, the team can interact with each other via video, which tremendously help reduce costs and time to travel for a meeting.
Trend 4 : Intelligent Devices
Consumers demand the ability for multi-tasking, which requires mobility and relies on such devices. At present, developers are seeking the best way to put the most intelligence into devices in order to respond to the increasing demands of consumers.
This follows Gartner’s prediction that in 2017, objects will become smarter than just following their programmed functions. Embedding Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Advanced Machine Learning (ML), objects will be able to perform more complex functions and react to surroundings and people more naturally, whether it is a drone, a self-driving car, or an intelligent electrical appliance. This includes switching from stand-alone functions to working together with other surrounding intelligent devices. In this way, the trend for working in the future will significantly reduce reliance on human labor.
Trend 5 : Big Data and Data Analysis
Another important trend that plays an important role in future working trend is Big Data. IDC forecasted that currently the utilization of Big Data will continue to increase by at least 3 times in 2016. According to the data acquired from social network, videos and photos will become an important source of information for customer studying. As a result, the form to approach customers will change which can be implied that if such business is able to successfully create infrastructure for customer analysis, it will be possible for them to tell exactly the customer demand on each product category as well as to serve only what the customer needs. That way, overall cost can be reduced and at the same time the firm will be able to satisfy the customer. This can be considered a long-term investment that will completely alter the working style for approaching customers.
Trend 6 : System Full of Specific Functions
Similar to Big Data, this trend is directly related to intelligent systems like AI and Machine Learning that have been integrated and analyzed to support the finding of specific content. It can be considered as one of the most important trends to enhance efficiency in working. This system will grow significantly in 2017 by incorporating Big Data that will record the content of meetings, even in team collaboration meetings, for the benefit of tracking backdate records, details of proposals, and conversations instead of losing time with the need to discuss things again. This will function like a library in the digital age where people can acquire data by simply searching. However, it will be limited to internal data only.
Trend 7 : Flexible Programming
To truly encourage collaboration among organizations with increased efficiency, programming for enterprise use must be flexible. Evolution is required to develop efficient software as well as a team that is ready to use such software. At present, several organizations implement technologies based on the appropriate standards. However, there are still some barriers that block them from utilizing the software in a broader way. Therefore, the concept of Open Standards has been developed. It is a standard that is open for all software developers to jointly utilize solutions in order to increase flexibility in working systems and to cut unnecessary parts of a budget.
These 7 working trends are what entrepreneurs in this new generation need to know and need to adjust their working environment to, in order to be in step with occurring changes – especially new business that are mainly involved in technology like Digital Startup. Aside from studying and keeping pace with technology, it is important too that working style be adjusted to suit people in the new generation.
In any case, we are delighted that currently, many organizations are interested in Digital Startup i.e. Software Industry Promotion Agency (Public Organization) or SIPA, an agency that is ready to push forward and support the development and strong growth of Digital Startup.