It’s impossible to log on to the Internet without seeing some kind of story about a trend that’s rumored to be the next big thing. We’ve become so accustomed to these types of stories, that we ignore most of them, which is an example of the process known as desensitization.
Most of the time, that’s not a bad habit to get into with regard to noisy and sensational news reports. Attempting to absorb everything might overload you and result in a complete standstill of inactivity.
But sometimes, among the noisy, trend-based news items, there are a trends you might miss — ones that might have helped your business.
We’ve sorted through piles and piles of recent technological news, in a search for trends that we think can help nearly every type of business on the planet. Here are two business technology trends that will help your company.
1. Human leverage
Thanks to the heavy influence of corporations on our government, the economic climate has become extremely favorable for business owners, especially when it comes to leveraging the power of human help. Much of the focus in the past has been on automation, when labor was expensive and benefits were costly.
But we’re swiftly moving into an era where half of all Americans will be freelancers, and global labor is available at a fraction of the cost of typical domestic labor (but with the same quality).
The Internet, combined with the economic recession and big corporations’ lobbying of the government, is creating a world where the ability to get human help is easier than ever.
2. Whatever you do, someone has built custom tools or software for it
The software industry has become so robust, and quick to iterate and develop new products, that nearly every niche of the business world has a custom product for it.
And government operations aren’t immune to this phenomenon either. For government document processing, there’s ePlan review software; for even more complex government operations, there are custom solutions developed by companies that have products to provide an effective solution for every portion of the overall puzzle.
Of course, if you find nothing out there that suits your needs, you can post to a freelance developer site and have a product developed for you. This should be a last resort, however, since the process of creating new software is expensive and timely, which carries an opportunity cost to your business or governmental entity.