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Last month we've briefly discussed the ways in which IoT will change the way we work in the near future. But the Internet of Things is definitely not the only new and promising tech that is getting a hold on your ways of working in the office. Tomorrow AND even already today. Take a look at how your job might have changed over the past year with some help of these 4 tech trends.

1. Work anytime, anyplace

This one combines the availability of end-user friendly devices with a popular new work ethic. Employers are more and more willing to provide extra flexibility to the way in which their workers execute their jobs. The new motto in many companies goes as follows: ‘as long as you get the work done, it doesn’t matter how or when it’s done’. And why wouldn’t they?

For instance, it enables their employees to work, even if they’re in some way not able to make it to the office.

We are now free to work from anywhere, anytime and on a device we prefer to work with. This wouldn’t of course be possible without today’s technological devices and software.


2. The Cloud is the answer

Something else that enables work flexibility in your company is working with a cloud-based service. This marvellous but simple technology makes it possible to access documents and data on any device connected to the cloud database.

Fear of losing data when your device crashes is also a thing of the past. A company that isn’t using a cloud-based service like Google Drive or our very own AllThingsTalk Cloud might be crippling its own business. Our Cloud services are built to scale and can be personalised for your own brand or products. More info can be found on www.allthingstalk.com.


3. Virtual reality

Initially, virtual reality technology belonged in the gaming industry as a fun gimmick. It stayed that way until 2014, when the technology began to progress from really big headsets to smaller, more comfortable and affordable wearables. Now, it’s slowly finding its way in various other business sectors. One where it’s particularly flourishing is real estate.

With the help of virtual reality, potential buyers are able to walk through their future house or commercial property without actually being on location. We’re currently only scratching the surface when it comes to virtual reality. Nonetheless it’s obvious we’ll find use for it in the near future in ways we can’t possibly imagine right now.


4. Smart machines and automated workspaces

Through the ages, machines have been known to carry out repetitive or strenuous tasks in place of human beings. Today, with the help of smart machines, we’re looking for ways to make each and every aspect in our lives more convenient. This is especially the case in our work environment. But what exactly are these so called ‘smart’ machines?

These are devices which are able to communicate, interact and learn from human behaviour. For instance, a coffee machine that remembers the way you like your coffee (the amount of sugar, milk…). In the near future there will even be smart machines able to detect and react appropriately on the emotional state of the person it’s interacting with.

Thanks to the Internet of Things, these machines operate independently and are able to transform the office into an automated workspace. Think about lighting and heating sensors which automatically adapt their activities to the work pattern of the employees in the building.