As Internet of Things (IoT) becomes more frequently used by consumers and accessible to smaller businesses, the future of business seems to heavily rely on a company’s ability to maintain relevancy in the digital era. IoT is a network of devices and machines, from a toaster to an iPhone, that communicate and connect to each other and their end-user through actuators and sensors. With the cost of sensors declining, mid-sized businesses are starting to recognize how their future includes innovating their infrastructure with IoT technology. Here’s how we see the Internet of Things influencing our economic future:
- Increased Logistical Capacity
Soon enough, the barcode scanners we are accustomed to will become antiques. IoT offers massively improved visibility throughout every stage of the supply chain, which will ultimately replace barcodes with sensors to achieve far more exciting systems for maximizing production efficiency. Since IoT technology tracks goods in real-time, your staff can properly monitor inventory and redirect their focus to more cognitively demanding tasks. More time will become available to invest in customer service and project development because concerns over missing shipments, backorders, and reliable inventory will no longer exist. IoT has extensive implications for increased logistical capacity. With the data provided by IoT and a virtual IT team to help you translate it, your company will be able to quickly identify inefficiencies, eliminate wasteful costs, and deliver stellar customer service.
- Investment in Environmentalism
As clientele become more interested in the sustainability of their habits and consumer goods, IoT offers your business the opportunity to answer their concerns with transparency and accountability. Smart offices and retail spaces will help save energy costs and reduce carbon emissions. The remote monitoring of production systems in out-sourced manufacturing facilities will grant you a deeper look into your providers’ work environment and productivity. There will be increased chances to review the efficiency and safety of warehouses and manufacturers without visiting their destinations, ultimately save you further travel costs.
- Intelligent Customer Engagement
With the implementation of IoT technology, small and mid-sized companies will be able to expand their brand, generate new revenue streams, and increase profit margins. With IoT changing business operations methods and the way data is collected and exchanged, business owners will be able to remain consistently informed about the demographics of their consumers. This data provides a foundation for previously unknown insight that will advance company innovation strategies, improve the accuracy of targeted advertisements, and impress clientele with your flexibility. As Generation X, and Zoomers are ageing into consumers, they hold higher expectations for the capabilities of every company’s technological capabilities; but with integrated IoT technology, your business will be able to respond quickly with accurate information to satisfy customers expectations.With an Industry Insights Survey already identifying that “the cloud and IoT as the top 2 technologies for planned investments”, Internet of Things technology is going to continue to transform the global economic landscape. Prepare your company for these changes by learning more about how a Virtual IT Team can integrate these systems into your company’s current structures. Call us today at 404-999-0712 or visit us online to start building your business for the future.