December 14, 2017 20:20
Published: November 21, 2016 23:54
It seems like we’re living in a more introverted culture than ever before. So much of the communication that we would have been forced to endure out in the “real world” is now being successfully managed through all the various screens that we’re all sucked into all day long.
Or at least, that’s sure how it’s looking. Technology seems to be advancing at a breakneck pace these days, and many people (never mind the companies they work for…) might be left wondering how interaction is going to work ten years from now.
In the business world, this has an entirely different kind of connotation, as collaboration and working together are essential to the survival of any business. And in case you, our wonderful readers, might be wondering what sort of things to use in your own business to make sure that all those necessary lines of communication stay open, allow us to point you in the direction of a few: (cue game show music here…)
Did you really think we weren’t going to start here? In the world of business telephone systems, VoIP is quickly becoming the norm. No longer tied exclusively to a landline, businesses can now connect to their customers and their employees faster, more efficiently, and cheaper than ever. And the best part, with the aid of a good Hosted PBX provider, the number of features you’ll have access to is an ever-deepening pool, letting you connect in ways you might not ever have thought possible.
VoIP phone systems are amazing tools, but being able to take that system and integrate it with a CRM, or Customer Relationship Management software, is possibly one of the biggest advances in productivity that many businesses have ever seen. One-click dialing, incoming metrics tracking, and an entire host of other useful tools are now a very real and tangible part of any business using these two together.
Not all businesses have all their people under one roof, nor do they have all their data stored on one computer. For so long, this created more than a few headaches for various IT teams. Now, with cloud storage, any number of your people from anywhere in the world can access the company’s files, and store data in the company’s cloud, with just a few clicks of a button. Services like DropBox and iCloud are becoming extremely valuable tools in today’s marketplace.
These are only a few of the many different technologies that are beginning to shape the modern world of business. No doubt, as time goes on and technology advances, you’ll be seeing more and more opportunities to connect people to businesses in many different ways. Some have said that all these connections isolate us. Drive wedges between us and divide communities. We disagree. We think that the greatest business connections are yet to come.