Various trends come and go in business, often in connection with the specific technological innovations of the day.
Once upon a time, every serious business person needed to have a pager with them. Then, having a Blackberry meant that you were really “in the game.”
Today, one of the major trends is that of automation – with more and more professionals “outsourcing” their operations not to human workers on the other side of the world, but to increasingly advanced computer systems, typically driven by innovative AI technology.
Some people are reluctant to get onto the automation train, and opt instead to do things in a more “traditional” way. But here are a few reasons why getting into automation – whether that means a user research platform or a different logistics solution – may be necessary if you want your business to thrive.
Because the industries we work in are becoming increasingly more complex, and more complex tools are required to maintain balance
Technology is always moving forward, and taking on newer and more nuanced and complex forms. And, like clockwork, the various industries that people work in are becoming increasingly more complex, as well.
Almost irrespective of the particular type of business you run, you will find that your operations are likely to be far more global today than they were just a few years ago, and that all sorts of new tools and approaches are required if you want to be in the game at all.
As complexity arises inexorably, complex tools are increasingly necessary in order to maintain the balance. Automation is often necessary just in order to help you to manage the ever-expanding nuances of the business landscape.
Because if you don’t, your competitors will likely outpace you dramatically
There are many practical benefits to using automated services and solutions in your business. Clearly, automation helps you to save time, and can free you up to focus on other areas of your business where your energies may be better spent.
But automation technologies often also allow you to work at a dramatically faster pace, in general.
It may be that you are able to keep your business afloat without utilising many of these technologies. But you can be sure that your competitors will be utilising the tools that you shun, and will likely outpace you dramatically as a result.
Because automation is the way of the future – and the better you understand those processes, the better equipped you will likely be for tomorrow’s major developments
Pretty much all expert predictions tell us that artificial intelligence is only going to become more and more advanced in the near future, and will come to revolutionise the ways in which we do business, to a greater and greater extent. Already, innovations in AI are proceeding at an exponential pace.
The upshot of this is that automation is the way of the future – and it’s likely that huge aspects of our businesses will depend on complex robot systems before too long, if they don’t already.
This is a point which the academic and writer Cal Newport has been careful to emphasise, while also warning that “focused,” highly-skilled work is the best way of ensuring job security in the face of this reality.
As automation is only set to become more prevalent, the sooner you get on board, and the better you come to understand these processes, the better equipped you will likely be for tomorrow’s potentially jarring developments.