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THE IMPORTANCE OF STAYING CURRENT AND CONNECTED

Experts say the post- pandemic workplace will continue to ride the wave of rapid digital transformation that has been happening over the past two years. Moving forward, businesses are looking at transformation strategies and investments that focus on increasing engagement and productivity.

Here are a few things to consider when it comes to staying current and connected:

Cloud technology is at the center of remote work, and experts can expect more collaboration than ever before in that space. “Because so many companies now have fully remote or hybrid operations, cloud-based collaboration tools will be at the forefront in 2022,” said Ray Blakney, CEO and co-founder of online language school Live Lingua.

Collaboration technology also will be sup- porting more creative and engaging ways of working online, such as using Virtual Reality (VR) headsets to enter virtual rooms with colleagues and using different tools to brainstorm. Workplaces will be increasingly relying on collaboration tools to enhance connection and build team relationships.

Another key trend for the digital work- place is ubiquitous computing. Ubiquitous computing stems from the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) and means comput- ers will be found in everyday devices.

Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella says that we are entering an era of ubiquitous computing and ambient intelligence. Experts anticipate more buildings and workplaces are going to harness ubiquitous computing and smart fea- tures to enhance user experience, creating more efficient and comfortable work environments.

Employees also will start having more personalized digital workplaces based on their habits and preferences. AI will be in the background helping them find information more intuitively across multiple platforms.

According to the Harvard Business Review, up to 65 percent of current managerial tasks have the potential to be automated by 2025. This begins with automating repetitive tasks and workflows such as scheduling, approving expense reports and monitoring task completion. The next generation of automation technology will be able to perform more complex tasks like providing performance feedback and building new peer-to-peer connections.

In this edition of the MBA Business Magazine, we’ll examine how technology is impacting the business world and what advancements are being made in our region. In 2022, Mercyhurst University, for one, is marking its 30th year in cutting- edge intel education, and we’ll discuss how the University is advancing its programming in the field of intelligence studies and building its reputation as a leader in the field of cybersecurity as well.

In addition, we’ll hear from Joe Deuterman, president and chief executive officer of Velocity Network (VNET) in Erie, Pennsylvania, about the importance of staying current with technology and how to make the most of your organization’s technology investments.

Plus, to keep up with your tech investments, be sure to check out the latest training courses available at the MBA in our new Training Catalog or visit mbausa.org to learn more!