Q7: What should businesses know about future trends in the Internet environment and in IT? What are the implications and business opportunities? Why should businesses care?
A: Future trends are approaching the reality to a complete set of e-tools that will drive our lives and our offices and industries. Even in third world countries the electronic age is appearing and driving the needs and desires of men and women. As my daughter says, "I am a rarity" as I do not utilize a cell phone. I want to be able to find some time for myself when I am in a place far from my house and around beautiful nature. I know I would not be able to disconnect it if I had one; I am too close to technology not to feel the need to be driven by it at any step.
Businesses should be ready to exploit new technologies as soon as they are available, or the competition will overtake them before they know it and lose in the race of survival. A simple example is the possibility for a restaurant to be on the web and accept on-line reservations. It is a step ahead of all the similar restaurants that not having a presence on the web lose many reservations.
Companies have to look at other countries where appropriate individuals can do the job for less and with the same results, or better results, both economically and strategically. We live in a world where we cannot limit our view to only our own country; businesses must be able to employ individuals from around the world, be there physically or not, and they must be able to address market strategies everywhere in the world.
A good document I suggest to read is found at: http://www.skyrme.com/insights/pap_sps.htm
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