School children today have to be tech savvy. Tablets and laptops have joined pens and books as educational essentials, with research conducted by Ofcom revealing that six-year-olds now have the same level of understanding of communications technology as their 45-year-old counterparts.
Of course, people don’t stop learning from technology when they leave education. For example, many of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs are taking their cues from emerging IT and communications systems to put their companies in the strongest possible positions. In this blog, we take a look at what new tech can teach business people and why schools need to teach 21st century learning skills in order to thrive in an era of rapid technological change.
Companies must be willing and able to adapt
In a blog post, experienced entrepreneur Chris Niarchos highlighted two significant technological developments that have occurred over recent months. The first involved food delivery company Just Eat. Working with Starship Technologies, it became the first business to deliver a meal to a customer using an automated droid. The second major development occurred in the world of retail. Ecommerce giant Amazon opened a pioneering Amazon Go food shop in Seattle. Accessible to employees, it is checkout free and features sensors that detect and record the products that people pick up, meaning customers can simply ‘grab and go’.
According to Chris, the emergence of new technology like this demonstrates to entrepreneurs the importance of being willing and able to move with the times. He suggested that the pace of change in industries such as retail means that companies which refuse to consider new ways of working are in danger of being left behind by their rivals. In other words, for many organisations, standing still is not an option. Unless they continually innovate and come up with new and sophisticated solutions, there is a real risk that they will be outflanked by more forward looking companies.
Creative problem solving is key
Standout technology like checkout-less shops and delivery robots might grab the headlines, but there are a raft of much more low-profile IT and communications solutions that are proving much more important for many businesses. From the most up-to-date cloud-based tools that enable colleagues to manage and share information more quickly and easily to hands-free scanners that speed up warehouse processing, a whole range of technologies are now available to businesses.
Because of the sheer range of advanced solutions on offer, companies can take a more creative approach to problem solving than ever before. Those businesses that have a dynamic attitude towards overcoming difficulties can reap a variety of rewards, from saving money to enhancing customer service.
Of course, it’s not just entrepreneurs who need to be receptive to new technology and prepared to learn from it. A whole range of organisations, including education providers, stand to benefit from adopting this approach to sophisticated tech.