At this stage of the 21st Century, almost two decades into the burgeoning technological and innovative explosion, it is hard-pressed not to view the emergence of Mobile Technology as one of the most ubiquitous and important technological advances the world has ever seen.

In a period of 30 years, mobile technology has gone from cellular bricks with limited functionality, to fully-fledged pocket-computers with more computing-power than the machinery that took humanity to the Moon.

And much like our trip to that orbiting Lunar body, one could say that mobile technology has been one giant leap for mankind.

More and more people are using smartphones every day for social and entertainment purposes, but with the rise in mobile technology also comes the ability to run businesses entirely via mobile too. This ubiquitousness, adaptability and agility that mobile provides is definitely a game-changer when it comes to doing business.

Putting aside how far mobile technology has come, the future of mobile technology, its scope and scale, is proving to be even more interesting.

Artificially Intelligent

While previously, Artificial Intelligence has been largely the realm of science fiction—and mostly under the circumstances of AI trying to kill us—increasingly, we are seeing the benefits of AI at home and in the workplace.

AI has already entered our homes and devices under the guise of assistants called Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant—but fear not: luckily, they are far more benevolent than previously envisioned. AI is here to help us, not hurt us.

At the same time, AI has the capability to analyze and compile reports on large amounts of data that are unquestionably useful to businesses.

Big Data analytics has the potential to reveal trends and information, previously hidden and unmappable, information that is too big and growing too fast for conventional analytical processes.

By allowing this data to be analyzed by AI, businesses are able to make faster, better and more informed decisions, based on information that was previously untapped and inaccessible.

Now, that data has been made usable and can be accessed via the cloud.

A New Reality

How we will view the future is increasingly being altered due to the advances in Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR & AR) technologies.

Already there have been huge strides: Instagram, Snapchat filters, or Pokemon Go, might seem innocuous, but they are a glimpse into the future of marketing.

Marketing that is everything but physically there with you.

AR or VR marketing can increase your brand awareness, engagement and revenue. It can add a whole new level to presentations and decision-making processes, especially if potential outcomes can be shown and interacted with—not simply talked about—as three-dimensional data.

Not only that, but AR & VR technologies could increase your efficiency as well.

Imagine a digital office that can follow you wherever you go. Or meetings where ideas can be shared in person—even if that person is thousands of kilometres away—and yet, still see them as if they were sitting in the same room. Interactive presentations will make it possible to pre-visualize how things will look in real time, through the medium of AR.

As technology develops, these realities will become pocket-sized as well. Already we have seen the potential for Google Cardboard to turn any smartphone into a low-cost VR headset, and the potential uses for businesses will only continue to grow.

Tethered to the Clouds

Cloud technology has greatly improved in recent years and is due to grow even bigger in the years to come.

Where once the cloud was a nebulous term for “that place where you can put stuff”, now the use of the cloud is far more prevalent in our daily lives.

As Digital Cabinet is cloud-based, you can store, access and send all your documents and business intelligence data securely from any browser or mobile device. This allows you to take advantage of mobile technology for on-the-go business—saving you time, increasing your and your business’s efficiency and reducing the unnecessary expense of the carbon-intensive paper.

Instead of having to download and install large hardware-intensive programs and applications, you can now let other cloud-based computers handle the heavy-lifting. All you have to do is log-in and use the software package through the cloud, with smaller applications giving access to advanced technologies.

Theoretically, Quantum Computing is an emerging technology that would be cloud-based.

While the idea of having a quantum computer in every home is not very likely, cloud-based computing—having access to large quantum computers to run calculations and analysis of Big Data—is surely in the realm of possibility.

The rise of Quantum Computing is slowly gaining traction and is currently at the stage of being room-sized—much like our modern day computers in the ’70s.

Recently, Google unveiled Bristlecone, a 72-qubit quantum computer, while companies like IBM have opened-up their banks of qubit processors to outside users.

It’s safe to say that mobile technology is not going anywhere but forward.

Just as the technology has advanced over the last 30 years, it will only continue to do so exponentially, altering and evolving how business is done—faster, more efficient, and environmentally conscious.

With these articles, we want to shine a spotlight on Innovation in the area of technology, so that we can show you the potential of technology and automation in your business.

Digital Cabinet wants to go where technology is going, into the future, and ensure that we can bring you with us. We want to make sure that your business continues on the cutting-edge of efficiency and productivity.


You can find out more about Digital Cabinet at www.digitalcabinet.co.za

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