Monthly Archives: November 2011
The biggest change that has happened in the last fifteen years is the monumental growth in technology. This has played a huge role in changes for students, individuals and organizations. The most drastic change has happened within organizations, as they have had to adapt the entire organization to technological changes. Changes such as this can sometimes be quite a challenge, especially when things change at such a fast pace as the growth of technology within the past few years. .
Businesses and Business Managers can view these technology changes as obstacles or opportunities. These changes should be viewed as opportunities that will be both beneficial to current employees and the entire organization.
The evolution of change started about 15 years ago with the growth of technology.
Early Technology: Organizations were driven by less savvy technology which allowed for a very traditional workforce and did not offer much flexibility to embrace Global Expansion.
- Fax Machines
Technology In the mid 1990’s: Set the path for moving toward embracing a global workforce. The introduction of more advanced technologies set us on the path toward a much more global workplace.
- Web 1.0
- Cell phones
Present: Allows for the growth of a global workforce. The advancement of the following technologies put the mainstream workforce directly in the path to expand globally.
- Technology Growth
- Web 2.0
- Smart Phones
- Growth of Freelancers
Near Future: Will allow all to totally embrace a global world. Some of the more advance technologies that are in the works now will set us all on a path to the ability to become a totally global workforce.
- Cloud Computing
- Growth of Smart phones
- Growth of Table/Mobile Computing
- Semantic Web: Immersive technologies
As technology grows organizations have to grow with them and Business Managers are in a unique position to make this happen if they take the necessary steps needed to create and embrace change. With any new growth there will be challenges and benefits for all involved, including Business Managers.
- Technology Expansion
- Cultural Barriers
- Time Differences
Technology Expansion: The initial challenge that would have to be tackled is to ensure that we are, as an organization capable of handling the technology needed to expand into a global workplace. With a few additions to our technology and someone to oversee the changes there should be a smooth transition.
- Skype: Offers a way to communicate online with people from all over the world.
- Google+ Is a way for teams to communicate by using the popular Hangout teleconferencing feature.
- Smart phones that are equipped with Internet
- Laptops and or Tablets for mobile communication
Cultural Barriers: Sometimes cultural and language barriers can be an obstacle with expanding globally. This can be overcome with training and proper staffing.
Time Zone Differences: When dealing with states there has to be an ability to adapt to time zone differences. So when going global this will be a challenge as well. Time zone differences also can be overcome with proper planning and staff.
- Diversity in the workplace
- Global Employment Capabilities
- Expanding Global Reach
Diversity in the workplace: When we open the doors to different types of people, it brings a different perspective to projects. This is an essential function if we want to compete and excel in an increasingly global world.
Global Employment Capabilities: When we select to expand our global reach we really open the door to finding amazing talent beyond just our local area. We can add team members from any county in the world. That is HUGE.
When we select to bring in people from different countries and cultures, it offers a different perspective to our projects and environment. This could act to give a wide variety of unique, creative and diverse views within our organization. A fresh approach in business will give us a competitive edge and that is beneficial to organizational growth and increased sales.
Expanding Global Reach: When we expand our employment capabilities this allows us to expand our global reach. This is a direct result of the growth of technology, which allows us to reach beyond just our local tri-state area. We can now extend our organizational capabilities to many other areas. This could increase our company reach, expose our brand to new clients, increase sales and allow us to explore a totally different market.
The world is an ever changing place and we are becoming a much more global world. It is very beneficial to embrace these changes for the greater good of current employees, future employees and the organization as a whole.
I am a HUGE fan of Google, I always have been. It seems that Google is really bringing their A game more than usual with the push of Google+. Lets take a look at the great services that they offer and learn how to utilize them for your benefit.
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Mobile web is projected to take off more that it has now. With the influx of Smart Phones this will increase exponentially and one of the avenues that is growing at a super quick rate is mobile payments. Take a look at the Infographic below, it could very well be the most important Mobile Payment Infographic ever
Compliments of MobilePaymentsToday.com
I still don’t think companies are really grasping that Times are a’ Changin’ and that Social Media is playing a large role in the those changing times. It seems that even companies that do have a bit of a Internet focus still have old school marketing mentalities.
As consumers we are more in tuned, engaged and socially aware of the companies that we select to do business with. Notice I say SELECT because we have selected the company that we do business with and just as we select we can opt not to select. Social Media has substantially increased our awareness of the companies that we are doing business with, so companies now have to step their game up in order to be one of the companies that consumers select.
Netflix is just one casualty, of the more socially aware consumer and I am sure that there will be many to follow. Social Media allows us to, not only see and become aware of important changes that effect our lives and our wallets but it also allows us to spread our opinions in a very viral way to our friends, families and followers by way of social media.
The latest casualty of this growing phenomenon is Klout which I’m sure has felt better about their online reputation before the Kloutpocalypse. The fall out has continued and I’m sure it will continue until people move on to another FAIL.
These things should be a wake up call to companies that are still employing old school tactics without factoring in, the effects of social media on their choices. Most importantly companies “playing at” understanding social media then walking down the path of ingorance in their choices really need to look at the possible repercussions of their actions.
Gone are the days when companies could make choices that effect consumers, their client base and followers and have no fall out. Social Media is here to stay, the voices of the people will be heard and hopefully companies have learned from the Kloutpocalypse and will select NOT to be Netflix’d
Once Upon a Time there was a very new and exciting avenue which moved marketing away from boring guys spouting prepackaged messages at legions of people. The excitement in the villages was overwhelming, the people were excited and most importantly they moved from the perpetual state of WTH due to listening to those rehearsed depictions and blah blah blah marketing messages from old school marketers. The villagers, expressions went from Meh to yeah! They wanted to reach out, engage and meet the people behind the companies that they elected to do business with using this new communication method. This new phenomenon was called Social Media and the villagers were in a state of euphoria.
Uh oh and along comes boring market companies again, holding on to the old ways and spouting messages of eeeekk OMG..Social Media ROI. Along comes a knight in shining amour with a huge K on his chest. Klout to the rescue! They had the answers, they could measure everything and provide the numerical data to big, bad, boring old school marketing companies.
Charismatic Klout convinced all of the villagers including myself that they indeed were the answer and that we should pay attention to the numbers that they have supplied about our influence. We should wear these numbers proudly, supply them to all that would like to view them and offer a badge of honor on our blogs for all to see. We should further encourage our friends and followers to view this number and offer us encouragement with +K’s for all. The villagers were happy, for a while.
Then all of a sudden, one day out of the blue the lovely shininess of the Klout Armor started to tarnish. The scores that were touted left much to be desired. The raved about numbers started to diminish, dive and plummet. The villagers were none to please and started to revolt, I am one of them so I must say Peace Out to Klout.
I just wrote a post about how important it is for Colleges and Universities to embrace Social Media and technology more so that they can reach the you mobile student populations. It seems that mobile is booming with students even more than I thought. This is a bigger reason for Universities and Colleges to reach out and grasp technology in an even larger way.
Take a look at the Infographic below to give you an idea of just how important mobile phones are to the college age demographic.
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