A key element to hybrid working practices is the emergence of next generation wireless technologies such as 5G and WiFi 6. In the evolving work climate, they offer faster speeds, greater capacity, and reduced network congestion which in turn deliver efficiencies. Together, this improved connectivity not only offers the freedom for employees to work as they need within hybrid work, but also the possibility of accelerated business transformation.
Businesses that act quickly to integrate these technologies and new levels of connectivity into their networks early will set themselves up to dominate the competition. Creating a more resilient delivery, these highly connected networks can be used to unlock the potential of business models and drive efficiency.
The technologies enabling hyper-connectivity can be used to transform any industry. Anything from agriculture to production facilities can be reimagined to bring in improved productivity, flexibility, and scalability.
To unlock these efficiencies and build true scalability, businesses need to harness the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) through in-depth understanding of business operations and be equipped to handle large volumes of collected information to support decision making. Combined with connectivity, this allows businesses to optimise and automate processes, reduce operating costs, and create flexibility for new products and services to be delivered at scale.
For example, the shipping industry is already making great strides with improved connectivity and IoT. Typically a complex and dangerous environment, the automation of loading and unloading of containers at port provides an ideal solution. Using IoT to power the entire system, connecting every element from devices, vehicles, and data to the cloud, businesses can oversee operations in real time with live monitoring to catch safety risks ahead of time. These autonomous operations are able to use the right data to make the right decision at the right time.
Richard Simmons, Group VP of Technology – IoT at Logicalis Group, comments, “As the world becomes ever more connected, interest in the efficiencies that IoT can bring is rising across every industry. Many businesses already understand the potential value that IoT can bring but struggle with the complexity of building the business case and making it a reality. For IoT to succeed, businesses need to bring together stakeholders from sales, operations and IT that may not have always worked together, to invest in key foundations such as cloud, connectivity, analytics, and security. With an expert partner who can guide the process, they can look to identify and expand business efficiencies, grow new revenue streams, and transform the way they engage with their customers, supported by a practical roadmap that delivers value quickly.”
No matter what industry a business operates in, they have an opportunity to gain competitive advantage through next generation wireless technologies. The connected workplace has the potential to revolutionise entire industries as they are freed from the fixed processes of the past.
Many businesses understand the value that IoT can bring but the challenge lies in its implementation. Naturally complex, a trusted, experienced partner can help a business to navigate the process and create a practical roadmap to deliver value quickly and demonstrate potential for continued success.