When the entire world was crumbling under the covid pandemic, think about the businesses that remained on top of this rock. According to a survey, IT industries- those majorly driven and operating through the usage of technology- managed to remain afloat, if not drown completely.
While these tough times have forced people to prioritize health and consider the ill effects of their locomotion, it invited technology to take the front seat and control the growth of any organization.
The momentum companies can gain today through digitalization is beyond imagination. On the other hand, the struggle to survive can become tremendously difficult without its adoption.
With uncertainties engulfing the global ecosystem due to the pandemic’s emergence, technology is coming to the forefront to rescue organizations from the piling negative impact resulting from socio-demographic shifts, economic and political changes, operational disturbances, and more.
Remote work, digital dependence, and connectivity are becoming the watchwords of all industries. Though the 21st-century world is well-versed with digital platforms, it is accelerating towards a profound change with complete reliance on virtual methods of work. Social distancing, safety, masks, and other precautionary measures are likely to stay beyond covid times too.
Here are a few ways in which covid has begun shaping the future of technology
Contactless Mode of Living
The daily activities that were otherwise done manually, be it buying groceries or watching a movie at a theatre, technology took over all of them. Take another example. How many people knew about the existence of Zoom, Slack, Teams, Asana, and other applications that are largely relied on now? Not many. This is the edge that covid has given technology. How about cashless payments and bank transfers?
Humans have embraced tech in every aspect of their routine lives, changing it tremendously for the better. Businesses are witnessing a similar scenario with meetings, daily scrum calls, and other communications going online.
Remote Working – the New Normal
While many organizations are taking up a new format of operations, remote working has become the new normal, a term not many took cognizance of before they were forced to by the pandemic.
With physical distancing becoming more of a need than an option, many companies are letting their employees work from home indefinitely. They have noticed that employees are more productive while they work distantly than they were otherwise. This is paving the way for the enhancement of communication, conferencing tools, cloud solutions, and performance appraisal software, which can aid them in effectively carrying out their work as the employers track their productivity. Tedious tasks like recruitment too become easier with the adoption of recruitment management software and applicant tracking system.
Redundancy of Human Intervention (AI is here to stay)
Pandemic brought out the potential of artificial intelligence as it boomed more than ever before. It demonstrated how reliance on human intervention alone makes it impossible for a company to operate during situations like these. As there is no concrete evidence regarding the possibility of another outbreak, it is only sane to appoint AI in positions that are risky for humans.
Unlike their flesh and blood counterparts, machines and robots remain untouched by the hazards of viruses. Increased use of AI also limits corporate liability- helping companies cut down on the costs of providing a safe bubble for such employees.
Desperate times call for desperate actions. While physical offices and manual work made machines an unnecessary commodity in the pre-covid era, ignoring the potential of technology today and not exploiting it in the best way possible for the firm can prove fatal for the organization’s vitality.
Covid affected organizations to the extent that thousands of them shut down or got dissolved, despite being big players in their field. To gain an advantage, companies are leveraging the capabilities of technology, staying in sync with the demands of the market.
According to the McKinsey Global Survey of executives, companies adopted digitalization at least for temporary usage. The pandemic has urged organizations to recognize the strategic importance of technology- not just as a source of cost-effectiveness but primarily as the critical component of any business. It has proven to be that life jacket, which is crucial for any company to stay in the game.
The stats are there and call for action from the captains of the ship. To continue going forward or even remain vital, technology is the only safe bet.
While the pandemic has taught the tough lesson of prioritizing health over anything else, organizations too will have to take the turn and resort to ways that allow their employees to work, breaking through the barriers of physical workplaces.
Whether it is getting groceries or watching a movie, the world has adopted technology in every form to stay in a safe bubble.
How far had the world embraced technology prior to the emergence of the pandemic? While it was used to provide relief from certain tasks that otherwise needed human intervention, the role it plays now after covid-19 has entered the sphere is of utmost importance.
The importance of technology has never been more apparent. Now, one cannot imagine life without the existence and usage of technology as it has not only created portals for ease of survival but also mediums to execute work rapidly and more efficiently.
Post covid times are likely to witness the world in a way that largely depends on technology for executing tasks, replacing the traditional method of using manual means.
Since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic, humans are increasingly becoming dependent on technology to complete their day-to-day activities.
Covid-19 has attained an important part in human history with the troubles it dragged along and the creativity it brought out from humans.
The pandemic has uncovered the importance of health and financial stability as these remained the top concerns throughout the year 2020.
We are bound to endure a long-term effect of the virus.