Why Has Tech Evolved in Our Homes, Cars and Pockets – But Not in The Workplace?

Ronald Monte | July 30, 2018

It’s easy to see how rapidly our lives as consumers have changed, as technology has evolved to introduce new conveniences and efficiencies into our everyday lives. Yet, the average worker also spends over eight hours of weekday time at work or working. But how many among us can claim that this same level of innovation can be found in our offices and at our workstations?

Oddly, as the rate of innovation in computing technology continues to accelerate, the average age of workplace desktops is increasing, a trend that is expected to continue. This can cause increased service costs in the near future, compatibility issues in the short term, and a long-term loss of productivity, as workers have to spend more time troubleshooting, pursuing workarounds, or waiting for help from the IT department.

So what’s causing this disconnect between innovation and workplace technology?

In terms of one of the hottest current trends in technology and productivity – A.I. – the difference between early adopters and those companies slower to innovate, may have to do with simpler issues of technological distribution.

New technologies can become a moving target, that certain sectors won’t be as quick to pursue, as it may or may not make sense within their industries and workflows. They also tend to come at a higher cost, that smaller businesses or more traditionally-based industries will need to wait out in the short term.

However, this doesn’t completely explain the overall lag in adoption for more established but still relatively new technologies.

Leadership often slows down adoption

While leadership in both IT and business administration agree that tech upgrades are good for business, not many decision-makers follow through on implementing such updates in their offices. Even in the face of data that supports keeping current, with rare exception across industries, the decision to proceed with established systems for longer periods of time, tends to persist.

Reasons for this can include a lack of understanding about exactly which new possibilities upgraded technology can unlock, perceived threats to data security, data administration concerns, and surrender to the inertia of legacy software and hardware.

Is the difference simply a case of mobile vs. office-based systems?

While it’s true that the percentage of mobile data use on the consumer side continues to grow quickly, when it comes to business operations there’s still a strong practical argument to be made to focus on desktop and laptop computing.

For instance, bounce rates on mobile tend to be 40% higher than on a desktop. For businesses to continue to serve and sell to more engaged desktop buyers, they need to remain knowledgeable and current on the latest desktop system technology.

As such, there may be a degree of observational bias causing the distance between consumer technologies and enterprise technologies appear more pronounced than it really is, as each form of computing serves user needs that in most cases are at least slightly different on a case-by-case basis.

The gap between enterprise mobile and desktop computing continues to shrink, regardless. The increased contributions to corporate learning efforts, operational flexibility, and recruiting and marketing reach, achieved by adding mobile technology to a business, cannot be understated.

Going back to our prior example about bounce rates, however, the ideal remains for an office environment to capitalize mutually on the advantages of both newer mobile technologies, and established (but also constantly improving) desktop technology. Often, nowadays, you can do this with one machine.

Security a factor, but it’s possible to stay safe

Unfortunately, cyber-security risks have become all-too-common in today’s business environments, contributing to the reluctance of decision-makers to try new things. Balancing fears in this arena with the overall need to innovate, and to capitalize on efficiencies afforded by newer systems, however, only becomes that much more crucial.

Many enterprise-level security breaches begin with the individual, often originating from their social media accounts. These platforms are part of daily life now, so security becomes more a matter of education and training than sticking with old systems, which as we’ve discussed bring their own vulnerabilities into play. Getting ahead of the game in responding to cyber threats, while at the same time exploring the potential of new office technologies, can really serve to set a business apart.

Keep chatting with your phone, home and car – your office will be next

Inevitably, with respect to issues of security, cost and industry fit, technology is nonetheless going to continue to change not only the lives of consumer and workers but also businesses. Already, IBM and other companies are working to bring the latest big trend (voice assistant technology) into the workplace.

As such, businesses would do well to research, vet, and employ new opportunities to streamline their workflows and grow their productive influence – sooner rather than later, so as to stay ahead of the game.

This can start with an honest, thorough audit of whether your current systems are serving you, or how new solutions might better optimize your business, in both the short and long term. The fact that many companies are waiting too long to replace legacy systems could be an opportunity for the right organizations to get ahead of the competition.

However, the Cemtrex SmartDesk is an answer to archaic technology in the workplace. When seamless software combines with optimized business tools, productivity goes uninterrupted. The SmartDesk allows for a fully immersive experience, giving you multitasking without the distractions.

The SmartDesk gives you everything you need to get the job done, all within arm’s reach: 72” of touchscreen (the most on the market), an adjustable sit/stand desk and – of course – the PC. The time is now to innovate and reinvent your workplace.

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