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Top 10 reasons mobile tech will dominate the world

Maybe Yes, maybe No? You tell us!

A recent PwC study found that 81% of chief executive officers (CEOs) think that mobile technologies are strategically important for their business and therefore, plan to invest in smartphones, tablets, and other devices for their employees as well as create apps to support different functions.

The growing demands of the mobile industry has necessitated massive investment in new infrastructure and R&D (research and development).

CEOs need to develop a long-term technology strategy to keep informed about emerging technology, and to apply them internally, e.g. innovations in processes, for supply chain efficiencies, employee engagement; as well as externally, e.g. new business models and consumer reach.

On a related note, strategic human resources (HR) need to step up their efforts to attract, train and retain a workforce that can quickly adapt and capitalise on technological advancements in line with the organisation’s technology strategy.

From the remarkable way that toddlers (and their grannies) gravitate to iPads and navigate them like pros, to the affinity we share with our phones wherever we are, one might think we are all morphing into tech “geeks”. It so happened that the hysterically funny Big Bang Theory was playing in the background as I wrote this.

While out shopping with Penny and Amy

Leonard: “Uh, I’ve got some bad news. There’s no cell service here.”

Sheldon: “Oh. Well, that’s all right. There were plenty of ways to pass the time before smart phones were invented.”

Leonard: “That’s true.”

Sheldon: “I’ll look them up. Son of a biscuit.”

Leonard: “Sheldon, it’s fine.

Sheldon: “No, it’s not fine. What kind of store in the 21st century doesn’t at least have WiFi? I’m going to call their corporate office. Son of a biscuit!”

Business point of view

1 We can understand our consumers better and respond to their needs more rapidly.

2 We are not so sure how to manage the consumer feedback – especially the bad feedback that the whole world can see!

3 As an SME, I can better compete with large industry leaders by leapfrogging older generations of technology.

4 Big data can help HR find the right talent for our company.

5 Mobile apps are the new Job Search frontier.

6 New technology will increase productivity and support better decision-making.

7 We will have more options for meeting the changing needs of our employees – through virtual teams, flexible work arrangements.

8 Learning will be social and can happen anywhere and at anytime.

9 Everybody is doing it! Let’s invest in mobile tech and not get left behind!

10 Insert your TOP 10 here!

Consumers point of view

1 Who is looking at my information? And how are they using it? Should I be concerned?

2 I can study and compare products before deciding to buy, and let the company know if I am not happy!

3 All the stuff I am reading online might be just paid advertising – can I believe it? What can I do?

4 Big Data lets new jobs find me! But will companies decide not to hire me based on information they found online? Will I get a chance to prove myself?

5 Access to information helps me follow the organisations I might want to work for, and their leaders too!

6 My boss can watch every move I make. Am I not trusted to perform without “supervision”?

7 Will I get a fair assessment if I choose flexible work arrangements, or if I don’t have “normal” facetime with my boss.

8 There’s so much free content out there! I can stay on track with my personal development plan! But can I sift out the good from the bad?

9 Not sure why we are going through all this change for technology we don’t need. Who is paying for it? Our consumers? Our paychecks?

10 Insert your TOP 10 here!