Even in an age where people on different sides of the planet can speak to each other face to face instantly, business travel is still an important tool for relationship building, inspections, and international business expansion. And, even though a trip across the ocean no longer takes weeks, travel is typically still no picnic. Here are three tips that will make your journey much easier.
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Sometimes it feels like no one remembers how to properly communicate with each other anymore. Friends, family, and even dates show up in social situations glued to their mobile devices, and watching someone take pictures, chat with other people, and read content instead of spend time with you is a very common experience.
The popular science fiction show Star Trek depicted early versions of Skype, cell phones, solid state storage, super computers, and more. However, the ability to give voice commands, one of the most widely used pieces of technology on the show, has been slower to make it into the real world and realize its enormous potential.
Apple has come a long way from its humble beginnings, first revolutionizing consumer computer sales, then mobile music devices, mobile phones, and finally online content sales and syndication. Apple, now the largest technology company on earth, is looking for new ways to use its huge sales network, adoring fans, and ubiquitous ecosystem to revolutionize new service areas.
Anyone who has ever tried to use their phone without an internet connection knows that, with the exception of some games, very little actually works. This phenomenon translates to laptops and tablets as well, and a spotty wireless connection can spell the death of productivity both at home and in the workplace.
The creators and supporters of new technology enjoy predicting the demise of the old guard and, occasionally, these predictions are correct. Telegrams, printing presses, and coal powered vehicles have all been relegated to museums or remain in use only to lure sightseers and holiday goers. However, in most cases, new technologies don’t spell the end of established technologies.
Analysts have theorized as to why larger companies seem to have a much harder time extracting gains from new technologies than smaller companies do. At first glance, they should be much better at it: they have the money to hire experts and staff to run the systems, and they have the largest gains to be made from digitizing portions of their businesses.
Business is often compared to war, and in the tech industry the blitzkrieg is over, and the troops are digging in for the long haul. This shift holds some very important considerations for managers tasked with guiding their company technologically in the coming years.
Although they tend not to invite the comparison, business leaders and politicians have a great deal in common. Both jobs typically require people skills, education, shrewdness, and talent in some aspect of their chosen field. However, until recently, one aspect that remained unique to politicians was the ability to act.
As the internet grows to include more and more of what the average person interacts with on a day to day basis, the number of people employed to support and expand this enormous network increases. Finding talented software engineers, designers, and sales staff is becoming more and more difficult, with armies of recruiters fighting over a pool of candidates that hasn’t kept pace with demand.