The year 2017 is behind us and it definitely paved the way for new technological trends in the sphere of business communication. Each year brings something entirely new to the ball game yet, after 2017, business communication will never be the same. Due to the latest technological advancements, everyday office life has turned into something straight out of a sci-fi movie. The sky truly is the limit, as companies are no longer limited by geographical barriers and vast distances between employer and employee have long since been overcome. Nowadays, a company in Australia, for example, can search for talent beyond the Southern Hemisphere and easily stay in touch with the same. Consequently, technology has turned business communication into a global trend and these are but the early stages. Therefore, let’s take a closer look at these four trends which have made their mark so far.
AI and the Internet of Things
Our gadgets are becoming smarter with each passing day. With 5G mobile internet and AI assistance apps such as Siri, our devices aren’t just aiding our business communication, they’re becoming a part of it. Machine learning is enabling employees to have virtual assistants of their own to help them in their daily grind. Moreover, remote communication has never been simpler, yet 5G is still on the horizon offering even more such innovations in the near future. Though, one thing all of these gadgets have in common is that they are interconnected in the Internet of Things, conducting a business communication of their own between themselves. Allowing us to be up to date and in contact with our co-workers from all around the world with ease. In the past, we could have only dreamed of such connectivity after watching Star Trek or seeing the Matrix, but now we’re so close to living that dream.
Live video conferences
With the 4K resolution enabling high-quality video conference calls, conference rooms are becoming a thing of the past. Skype meetings have been popular before, but nowadays they’re becoming the rule rather than the exception. People from South America, Australia and Europe can talk face-to-face without ever leaving their workstations. What’s more, AR and VR are being commercialized for wider use as we speak. So much so, that Intel has already held a full virtual meeting in 2016 with its board members.
Imagine not having to fly all the way from Australia to the UK to present your startup to potential investors there; but rather meeting them in cyber-space instead. Even so, technology can’t do the actual presentation for you; not yet, at least. So, make sure to get adequate presentation skills training in Sydney, as an example, before going off on a VR adventure across the globe.
Speaking of virtual, offices are also turning global. Though not because of the use of VR technology, but because of cloud storage software and project management tools. This in effect allows companies to hire a remote workforce of individuals who are miles away, yet have the ability to work jointly on a project as if they were physically present in the same office building. Skype has played a pivotal role in this by making business communication real-time and more personal. Tools such as Asana, Trello, and Basecamp have also contributed their fair share, as information can now be communicated between colleagues in different countries by a press of a button. Managers almost have their work semi-automated for them with all the tracking and monitoring these tools provide. Organizing a workforce and assigning tasks to each and every one of them is as simple as posting on Facebook.
LiFi on the horizon?
Though, at the moment, LiFi is still Cousin It compared to WiFi, what this technology can do for business communication and beyond is astounding. Visible Light Communication technology will perhaps usher in a new age of privacy when it comes to business communication. Namely, as it cannot pass through walls it’s a more secure way of limiting a data stream to the intended user. Furthermore, unlike WiFi, LiFi can be used in airplanes and even underwater, at certain depths, which greatly increases its usefulness. For now, the main task for engineers and computer specialist will be to find a way to successfully integrate this amazing tech into the workplace, and then adapt it for wider commercial use as well. Similarly to how VR was used primarily for practicing high-risk jobs such as flying and medical surgery before being released to the general public. Whether LiFi has the same potential for business communication is too early to tell, but undoubtedly there will be a startup somewhere out there that will explore these possibilities, just as the Oculus did for VR.
All in all, business communication is not only getting more accessible but a lot more exciting as well. Some of these are yet in their early stages, but with the year 2018 being just around the corner, one can only sit and wonder as to what new tech trends will it have in store for us still.