The digital age has enabled us to do things that would have been virtually unimaginable.
It was only a couple of decades ago that mobile phones were huge bricks that allowed us only to, well, talk each other. Today, the ability to make calls is almost incidental next to the myriad other functions that our ubiquitous devices can perform.
Software developers are constantly striving to find the next niche in which to create efficiencies and streamline processes. Today we will look at a few technologies that have been game changers for the way we work:
The construction industry is rife with inefficiencies.
Construction companies, contractors and subcontractors all operate disparate systems that make communicating, getting paid and getting the job done more than a little challenging, at times. Fortunately, technology is catching up, and there are automated systems emerging that streamline things like the progress payment schedules, bringing a much-needed dose of order to a rather chaotic system.
Relationships in the Clouds
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software has become an indispensable tool for any serious sales organisation. The migration of CRMs onto the cloud has taken the level of efficiency to a whole new level. Salespeople can now carry all the information they need about their entire client base with them in their pocket, allowing them to utilise their time with incredible efficiency and ensure that no detail is missed. There is a wide range of cloud-based CRMs out there, each with their own strengths and financial models, making it easy for any business to choose the one that works best for them.
Customer feedback has never been more critical to a business’ survival.
Today’s consumers are spoiled for choice and have all the information at their fingertips to take their business elsewhere if they are not completely satisfied. Keeping your finger on the pulse ensures that you can respond in an agile fashion to evolving consumer wants and needs.
There are a plethora innovative technologies that give businesses unprecedented access to the hearts and minds of their target audience. From email based surveys to customer feedback systems designed specifically for mobile apps, there is a wide range of options available to help enterprises gather the information that can keep them ahead of the game.
Many home based enterprises are one or two person operations, but those people running a larger business with multiple staff members will understand that today’s labour force is highly mobile and flexible.
The relationship between employers and employees has become far more equitable as corporate structures become flatter for many forward-looking firms. This has brought new opportunities and challenges for HR professionals to manage their workforce.
The annual performance review is dying a slow death, companies are now using employee feedback as an important tool for continuous improvement and ensuring a positive employee experience is a major part of attracting and keeping great talent. Once again, technology has come to the rescue. Advanced employee engagement software that manages.
Modern business is complex.
Keeping track of sales, marketing, inventory, production, materials, purchasing and the multitude other facets that go into a successful enterprise is no easy task. Even more challenging is getting all those disparate systems to talk to each other, so that management can keep accurate track of all business functions.
Enterprise Resource Planning solutions have been developed to do all of this and more. It’s big business, and for large organisations that need to keep so many balls in the air at one time, they have become an indispensable tool.
One thing is for sure, as technology continues its relentless advance, we will see more and more breathtaking technologies emerge that continue to streamline our professional lives.