When you think of the word “disruption,” you most likely associate it with something negative. After all, disruptions unsettle the current order completely, creating chaos. However, in the realm of technology, disruption can be a good thing.
Disruptive technology displaces existing technologies and can actually lead to the creation of new industries. That is a good thing because these new technologies are often more efficient and lead to greater profits. Read on to learn about three examples of technologies which are disrupting B2B enterprises today and how you can take advantage of them.
The Internet of Things
The networked devices that make up theInternet of Things (IoT) are disrupting B2B enterprises by changing the way products and services are created and delivered. Twenty years ago, you could not have imagined that a machine would tell a technician what was wrong; thanks to sensors, manufacturing equipment notifies employees that there is a problem so they can fix it quickly.
Networked devices have become easily accessible and affordable, making them a natural choice for B2B companies in such fields as manufacturing, shipping and transportation, and mining. IoT continues to mature, so it is a certainty you will see more use cases in B2B industries.
Yes, mobile devices have become an entrenched part of the business landscape. That being said, advances in technology have led to improvements in their functionality. They will continue to be highly disruptive for the foreseeable future.
Mobile devices have become indispensable because they allow you to be in contact and to access information all the time. That was an unimaginable situation 30 years ago. That constant connectivity enables B2B firms to satisfy customer demand more fully and faster than ever before.
At the end of the 1990s, if someone were to talk to you about the cloud, you would think he or she was referring to those fluffy white things in the sky. Today, the cloud has become a vital part of the day-to-day operations at many B2B firms.
Thanks to the cloud, people are no longer tethered to a desktop. They can access information anywhere they have an Internet connection. That can be on the factory floor, an oil rig, or at a prospect’s office.
Systems Integration Solutions: Bringing It All Together
Technological disruption is great… if your systems are ready for it. IoT, mobile devices, and the cloud are all conduits for enormous amounts of data. This data can bring huge efficiency gains; you have instant access to information, making it faster and simpler to complete mission-critical tasks.
However, you can only take advantage of those efficiency gains if you utilize systems integration solutions. These solutions enable you to integrate information repositories (from mobile devices, IoT devices, and the cloud) into your current systems so that you can access the data you need automatically. Without systems integration solutions, all of your information will sit in silos, making it useless.
For B2B companies, technological disruption has positive side effects. You can improve your processes to become more profitable and agile. To learn more about how systems integration solutions help you accomplish that goal, contact us today.