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Why your business needs to invest in innovative technology

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Human beings have embraced technology since the first Neanderthal learned how to fashion a blunt arrowhead out of flint. Since then, civilisation has been swept forward by a wave of innovative technology that has helped us progress as a species to what we are now. Without technology and continual innovation, this would not have been possible – Homo sapiens would have been weeded out long ago after losing the battle of ‘the survival of the fittest’. Innovative technology is now a means for companies to survive the natural selection of businesses. We’ll discuss why implementing new technology is no longer a luxury, but a necessity.

Technology is pleasing aesthetically, as well as allowing us to be more productive.

The natural human impulse to crave innovative technology is both for aesthetic and productive reasons. A more technologically advanced office – where dusty filing cabinets have been replaced by cloud computing – makes for a more spacious and pleasant environment. Not only that, a more technologically advanced office makes for a more productive one too. Imagine order processing – you could process more than double (even triple) the number of orders on a computer than you could by hand, and at a fraction of the effort. More can be achieved in a working week with the help of technology, allowing business owners to get more out of their staff.

For businesses to survive in the global marketplace, they need to keep up with the latest developments in technology.

Innovative technology is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. These days, businesses operate and compete in a global marketplace with rivals in Asia and Europe, where the level of technological advancement is far greater than that of South Africa. Take internet speeds, for example. South Korea, and many European countries, is light years ahead of us when it comes to internet speed. The fastest internet speed in South Africa currently stands at about 10 mbps – with a fibre line. South Korea’s average internet speed comes in at around 22.2 mbps, and it just seems to get faster every year. Check out the top 10 countries by internet speed on Business Insider for the breakdown. How can South African businesses hope to keep up on a global stage if they lag so far behind in technology?

Video walls, 3D printing and virtual reality are just some of the innovative technologies out there that can be used by businesses.

So what kind of innovative technology can you implement in your business? Virtual reality glasses by Oculus might be a little while coming, but in future they could be used for video conferencing, viewing emails and enabling remote teams to be connected all the time. In the meantime, you could consider investing in video walls, which can also be used for video conferencing, as well as to display presentations during internal meetings. Interactive white boards are another tool that can be linked to a computer, to allow for video conferencing over Skype, note making and presentations. Printers might have revolutionised the offices of the eighties and nineties, but 3D printers are what’s going to shake up office spaces in the coming years. Almost anything can be printed using a variety of materials from plastic to wood. Need a ruler? You could print your own in an under an hour with a 3D printer.

OfficeBox understands and values the importance of innovative technology for its brand image.

Innovative technology and stationery suppliers are two phrases you don’t often hear in the same sentence – but OfficeBox is a new breed of stationery supplier. Innovative technology is at the core of how we operate both with clients and internally – not something traditional stationery suppliers can boast. We know a thing or two about how to create a workplace employees love too. Download our guide to find out more.

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David Adams
05 January 2016
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