The Importance of Private, Reliable, Secure Business Communications
Part 1: Why Secure, Private, Reliable Business Communications Are Essential for Competing in Today’s Digital Environment
In an article for Computerworld Greg Drauch, MS Manager/Security Manager for the Central Pension Fund of the International Union of Operating Engineers, made a prediction for 2017 about the remote work trends popping up across the workforce:
“The movement toward working anywhere will accelerate and move into organizations that previously wouldn’t have considered remote staffing.”
- Greg Drauch
We agree. The time is approaching rapidly when digital technology will touch every life everywhere in the world every day in some way, large or small. And businesses of all shapes and sizes seeking to compete in this digital environment will need secure, private and reliable communications not only to thrive, but to survive.
That’s why last year we developed our Business Communications Essentials for Digital Transformation whitepaper, a comprehensive work we would like to share with our blog readers in this 9-part series.
Not long ago, researchers for the World Economic Forum (WEF) released a first-of-its-kind study chronicling the pace of worldwide digital transformation. They asked more than 800 executives and experts from the global information and communications technology sector for their views on “tipping points” for technological shifts in society.
The WEF report revealed many trends, but three seemed most telling to us as developers and providers of business conferencing and collaboration tools:
1. Everyone Will be Connected, Everyone Will be Mobile
Nearly 80 percent of survey respondents expect nine of every 10 people on earth will have regular internet access by 2024, and more than 80 percent predict nine out of every 10 people will use smartphones by 2023. Couple these stats with the finding that these same experts believe four of five people will have some form of digital presence online, and a world where virtually all business is transacted through digital channels seems imminent and inevitable.
2. Everything Will be Connected
Nearly 90 percent of the participants in the WEF study believe there will be one trillion sensors connected to the internet by 2022. In short, more devices, machines, appliances, etc., than people will be communicating by digital means. Not only will businesses need resilient networks to carry this traffic, but they will need deep storage capacity for the vast amounts of content – textual, audio, video, -- generated by the people using those devices, machines, appliances, etc., to interact with each other at any time from any place.
3. Everyone and Everything Will be Integrated
More than 90 percent of experts polled predict that, in a little more than five years, one of every 10 people will wear clothes that are connected to the internet. In addition, more than 86 percent anticipate one of every 10 sets of reading glasses will be connected to the internet, too. Not long afterward, respondents imagine the first mobile phones will be implanted into humans. So, not only is digital tech transforming businesses, our bodies are next in line, broadening and deepening the definition and meaning of Unified Communications (UC) for the enterprise.
Any business leader hearing the WEF statistics as a “wake-up call” to go digital may have overslept. At least in terms of communications solutions, most companies heard the bells heralding the opportunities in digitizing long ago. Indeed, our own recent research shows most businesses already have embraced UC technology in some respect.