There’s no doubt about it. Technology is changing the way people live their lives and the way they conduct business. When it comes to the business world, technology has definitely changed the way business is done. From easy file sharing using software like Ares to saving money on programs by using open source alternatives like Open Office, technology, whether for good or bad, is here to stay and is changing the way people perform even the most basic tasks.
Perhaps one of the biggest changes the business world has seen is with the actual employees. No longer do employees actually have to be in the office to do their job. Many employees can work remotely or from home, without missing a beat. With the Internet and networking of computers, it’s easy to work from any location without missing your deadlines.
Digital media, like Skype, video conferencing, and sharing large files via FTP with programs like FileZilla has also made a difference to business. It’s cheaper and easier to have meetings and conference calls with offices around the world with the quick ability to communicate face-to-face. You don’t have to be in the same office to get on the same page with projects and company goals. All you need to do is log in to a video conferencing system and you can have a meeting anywhere, anytime. Plus, with the advent of software like VLC and Xvid, you can now get free programs to see multimedia on any platform.
Not to be missed in a discussion about technology in the workplace is the iPhone. You can literally be in touch with your office from the palm of your hand. Post videos, read your email, chat with your co-workers, or take a break and play Angry Birds. You can have your entire office in your hand and keep working no matter where you are. This, of course, can be a blessing and a curse. It’s nice to be able to stay in touch with your office when you are traveling, but it’s difficult to actually get away from the office when your work is always just a click away.