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4 technologies to improve your business today

By Samsung Australia,  05.08.2015.


The office of the future is a riddle that both scientists and artists have been working to solve for years, but many technologies that currently exist could already hold the seeds of a simpler, more seamless working environment. Here we take a look at a handful that hold the potential to empower and connect employees in new ways over the coming years.

The office of the future is a riddle that both scientists and artists have been working to solve for years, but many technologies that currently exist could already hold the seeds of a simpler, more seamless working environment. Here we take a look at a handful that hold the potential to empower and connect employees in new ways over the coming years.


Visual analytics

Visual analytics distils the world of big data into intuitive visual dashboards that non-technical employees can understand and explore. This allows businesses to equip those workers to make faster, better informed decisions without having to wait for the analytics team's report. Companies such as Procter & Gamble are already in the process of creating easily digestible analytics reports that may allow their sales and marketing staff to adjust product variables in the heat of the moment in order to maximise business results.


WAN optimisation

With bring-your-own-device policies and new technologies such as mobile applications and cloud computing, businesses are driving increasing amounts of traffic through their wide area networks (WANs), making streamlined networking a high priority. WAN optimisation allows for greater in-office connectivity that supports a more fluid and flexible workplace. How does it do this? A few ways:

- Traffic shaping, which involves allocating more bandwidth to priority traffic, giving important people a faster user experience.

- Data deduplication, in which the WAN will send only references to the data as opposed to the full data to prevent clogging up bandwidth with redundant data.

-Data caching, which involves storing frequently used data on local servers, allowing faster access.

- And many more.


3D printing

3D printing is revolutionising several industries, including automotive, health and fashion. The whole thing feels like something straight out of a science-fiction movie, and it could very well be coming to an office near you.

As 3D printing improves, companies could be manufacturing and selling cost-effective products, including entire buildings, in the not-too-distant future. What's more, 3D printing is much faster – and cheaper – than traditional manufacturing, meaning companies can make modifications to products on the fly and get them to market in mere weeks.

With social media connecting businesses to their consumers more than ever, 3D printing also means companies could use customer feedback on a product to create a new prototype for testing in the office with very short turnaround times. Given this capability, any business could potentially customise products to suit new consumer niches as they arise.


HTML5 cloud applications

Working from home is the new nine-to-five, and HTML5 is making remote work more possible than ever. Firstly, the markup language is mobile optimised, and makes website compatibility across a range of devices a cinch. Secondly, it allows for offline caching, meaning you can access the cloud platform you've already loaded without an internet connection. These two features alone could make project management and flexible work arrangements much simpler for businesses with remote employees.

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