Now that the Internet is an integral component of the modern corporate environment, it's almost difficult to imagine what business operations were like prior to its existence. Many of today's companies would likely experience utter turmoil if the World Wide Web was suddenly to shut down. Even in recent years, the Internet has continued to facilitate new corporate trends.
For instance, the bring your own device movement owes its existence to the Internet. Similarly, the unified communications programs that have improved so many companies' operations are run from the Web.
Where the Internet has brought us today
In a recent InformationAge article, Ben Rossi reflected on the past, present and future of the Internet's relationship with the business world. He reminded readers that there was a time when email could not support graphics. Furthermore, the Internet was already a few years old when the first email attachment was sent.
In retrospect, email upgrades like graphics support seem like tremendously simple innovations. After all, corporate email systems are now equipped with significantly more advanced features, like unified messaging and voicemail to email. These services have made employees' methods of communication more efficient than ever before.
Recently, technological improvements have made enterprise mobility a more feasible option for companies of all sizes. For example, it is now possible for employees to participate in video conferencing sessions from their smartphones or tablets. And while webcam meetings were once inhibited by jitter and choppy video, modern UC services offer uninterrupted HD video conferencing. The implications for business productivity are extraordinary. Employees spread across different areas of the globe can effectively work together on projects, while their upper management no longer has to purchase expensive plane tickets just to facilitate their collaboration.
The future of Web-based business trends
In the coming years, the Internet is bound to continue enabling new corporate trends. The introduction of wearable technology, for instance, is expected to have a major impact on BYOD. According to Daniel Burrus, CEO of Burrus Research Associates, it is estimated that 1 million wearable devices will be shipped by the end of this year.
Gadgets like Google Glass could be used to simplify a number of business processes. However, these devices will also require businesses to adjust their BYOD security policies. Ultimately, the Internet is certain to drive new innovations that could benefit companies, but enterprise leaders will need to enhance their mobility and UC strategies to support the future of business technology.