Are You Ready for the Future of Technology?

By DeVry University

Interconnectivity is at the core of our digital universe, and staying on top of tech advancements and trends is critical to career success. With 86 percent of U.S. adults[1] 18-29 owning a smartphone, most students, recent grads and longtime employees are seasoned in adopting new technologies.

Preparing for the future of automation and digital security can help jobseekers adapt to the future of tech. As you consider your career goals in today’s digital world, there are four things to ask yourself.

Do You Communicate with Apps?

Nearly 80 percent of people[1] have social media profiles, following the explosive success of sites like Facebook and Twitter. Over one billion people[2] use Facebook every day, while Twitter reports 313 million average monthly users.[3] With the masses using apps for daily news and quick chats, modes of communication that were once essential may soon be obsolete. John Brandon of Inc.[4] speculates that email will become the equivalent of snail mail by 2020, edged out of the workplace by new advancements.

In today's fast-paced digital landscape that thrives on collaboration, chat apps and custom in-house software are the perfect platforms for brainstorming, swapping messages, and adding transparency to conversations.

Are You Comfortable with Smart Devices?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is paving the way for smart devices to reach a new peak of intelligence. Intel predicts that the universe of IoT objects will hit 200 billion by 2020.[1] To keep up, connected objects like smartphones and tablets offer features that streamline work productivity and change collaboration.

Such tech advancements already cater to business with real-time analytical reporting, advanced biometrics, inventory tracking, and building management. According to Intel,[2] the majority of IoT technology blankets businesses, healthcare companies and factories, making processes more efficient and more profitable. With further integration of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and artificial intelligence (AI), smart devices are transforming into intuitive, capable objects that assist with tasks, productivity and collaboration.

What Skills do You Have that AI Can't Replicate?

The efficiency and performance optimization that come from automation have guided healthcare, manufacturing, retail and security to adopt software that eliminates workforce stresses…as well as some jobs. A 2015 study by Forrester claims that by 2025, 16 percent of U.S. jobs will be lost to AI.

Despite the benefits of AI, interpersonal skills, creativity and an entrepreneurial drive are talents employees bring that can complement automation. 

Do you use the Cloud for your main computer operations?

More businesses are relying on cloud computing for access to shared resources like servers, applications, and virtual work environments. A 2015 study by Gartner[1] predicted that by 2020 most computing power will come from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) Cloud providers. This growing interest in cloud computing stems from its flexibility and efficiency.

While a big part of the appeal is the ability to access cloud services from nearly anywhere, other benefits include:

●      Easy, automatic updates

●      Quick recovery after data failures

●      Budgetary savings on equipment and servers

●      Greater security control and service options

●      Enhanced storage and accessibility

●      Collaboration with employees in any location

With such importance placed cloud computing, the ability to adapt to environments is important.

Tech Literacy Fosters Preparedness

The tech landscape is evolving with social media, automation, and cloud computing at the forefront. While some jobs will likely be lost to AI, there is no replacing human skills like creativity and collaboration. But banking on those skills is not enough. Knowledge about tech innovations is critical for workplace organization, communication and innovation, and can secure your role in our interconnected world.   

Brought to you by DeVry University. In 1931, Herman DeVry founded a university that embraced technology.  Today, we are putting technology at the core of our business, tech and healthcare programs, to help prepare our students to solve tomorrow’s problems.