Every year since 1998, Beloit College in Wisconsin has been conducting a study of new recruits and observing generational changes from one year to the next. The idea originally was to adapt the teaching of the teachers of this college to changes. Today, these observations are recognized and refer worldwide to new standards. Or how things change strongly with subsequent generations. Because their needs are so different, new generations require other types of services or modes of interaction. They are influential and drive change, and this has a direct impact on businesses.
Before taking a quick leap into the future, let’s start by taking a step back and look at what we are doing today …
We forget it too often but the PC revolutionized the business world when it first appeared in the 80s. Today, would you imagine your business without internet? Who does not consult his business emails on a smartphone or tablet? Social networks and collaboration tools such as Skype or Yammer, and even Facebook are also now very present in companies. According to a recent survey, 74% of companies surveyed say they use cloud services. It was unimaginable even five years ago.
Let us transpose ourselves now into the future, to try to anticipate the technological revolutions that we will use in a more or less close horizon.
One of the most important technological revolutions in the world of industry is surely 3D printing . Today, industrial parts are printed in 3D: Airbus has already printed more than 1,000 pieces for its A350. And that will revolutionize the manufacturing industry, the production process, the supply chain, the intellectual property, etc.
One of the most cited topics in the computer world is ” The Internet of Thing ” ie the Internet of Things. We often imagine the world of tomorrow as a world where everything would be connected, from our watch to our washing machine or our refrigerator. This would also be the case for industrial equipment or major infrastructure (power lines, pipelines, rail networks, etc …). This equipment can therefore, via the Internet, send data and receive orders, instructions. This equipment can also, in time, communicate with each other, for example to optimize a production line or why not, to offer realizable revenue based on products expiring in your refrigerator soon.
Another subject, augmented reality . She is already present. For example, Japan Airlines has equipped its service technicians with goggles and headsets. For delicate repairs, an expert can see all that the operator has in front of him and guide him by the voice but he can also show him the gestures to realize, the operator can see the hands of the expert in his connected glasses. This is a very good example of sharing experiences through connected objects and augmented reality. The result is faster maintenance and the recording of data directly in the information system.