It is no secret that computer technology of various sorts has been steadily reshaping workplaces around the world over the past five decades and more.
By now, professionals across the public and private sectors routinely make use of all manner of technologies that keep them in touch with their offices and their colleagues at all times.
Here we’ll take a look some of the ways in which computer technologies continue to make themselves indispensable.
The trusty desktop computer remains the mainstay of office technologies for many millions of people around the world. Even with ever expanding mobility and flexibility among workforces, desktops still perform what are often vital functions as powerful, reliable and secure items of technological hardware.
Developments in recent years have seen desktops being virtualised and their various functions stored and supported by cloud-based systems that can be centrally managed. All of which means much of the functionality traditionally only offered by full-scale desktops can now in fact be accessed remotely using tablets or laptops.
But whether they’re virtualised or otherwise, desktops remain the number one business computing tools on the block.
It wasn’t so long ago that laptops were about as mobile as a bag of bricks but these days they tend to be more or less ultra-portable. A modern professional can in fact carry out most computerised activities or functions required of them via a suitably well-equipped laptop from anywhere.
Certain professions, particularly artistic and creative ones, such as graphic design or film-making, might require the power and precision of an iMac or a full-scale desktop, but for most of us a decent laptop offers all the computing power we need.
Tablet computers had been mooted as potential additions to the consumer and enterprise technology landscape for years before Apple came along and effectively reinvented the field by launching the iPad back in 2010. Since that time, iPads and rival devices have become increasingly common as tools of various trades around the world.
Tablets can of course be used for emailing and browsing the internet but where they really come into their own is as enterprise devices is in the context of collaboration. The simple asset of being easy to pass around and to display images on has seen tablets become enormously useful in all manner of professional disciplines, from medicine to marketing.
In their efforts to catch up with the tablet computing pace being set by Apple earlier in the decade, a string of well-known tech giants created what were termed hybrid devices, meaning those that blur the lines between laptop and tablet design. The jury remains out on quite how useful hybrids can really be but they are steadily getting closer to the aim of genuinely combining the mobility of tablets with the power and versatility of laptops. And in some contexts, hybrids devices have already become integral to routine operating processes.
Ever since BlackBerry devices came to be known as ‘Crackberries’ due to their apparently addictive qualities, business folk everywhere have had one or more smartphone struck almost permanently in their palms or in their pockets. By 2014, there are almost as many smartphones in use as there are people on the planet and a world without is almost unthinkable.
In the end though all computer technologies are only tools, albeit quite amazing and often fantastically useful tools. So it remains up to individuals and employers to find operational advantages in technology and to use the latest smart solutions in ways that really make a difference.
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