A decade ago, the Web 2.0 movement we’re fond of here on our blog was just beginning to transform how users connected to the web and with each other. Sites like Facebook and Twitter started to grow around this time, heading towards the behemoth presence they have today.
Now in 2014, a lot has changed. Social media is the default communication device; hundreds of millions of people are almost always connected to the web via smartphones and tablets, and there are some big players involved in developing cloud computing like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.
Despite this proliferation of technology, changes in the workplace have lagged behind the radical changes to the web and connectivity. One author at ZDNET, Dian Hinchcliffe, believes some major changes are due to the workplace and the way we work. What he sees coming is rather intriguing.
Hinchcliffe sees the beginnings of an “uber connectedness” on the way for how we do business. Computing and data technology can essentially be built into almost any product, including wearable items. The ability to gather information from such a multitude of places will give businesses and people a newfound way to analyze and manage just about everything.
Not only that, but products like wearable tech will allow for greater connectivity for businessmen and women, and they will be able to gather the data they need to make the best decisions for their respective businesses. For instance, the 3D printer movement combined with constant connectivity means more and more products can be created on-demand, avoiding the problem of over- or under-production.
Collaboration will improve in businesses large and small since people will have access to coworkers from almost any location. This could mean less time spent traditionally working in the office, making workers’ lives much more enjoyable.
Ultimately, there are big changes on the way. Some of these are going on right under our noses but won’t appear too relevant for the next two or three years. Maybe it’s time to coin these changes, Business 2.0?