INSIGHT: Microsoft NZ outlines 2040 vision for Kiwi businesses

Microsoft New Zealand National Technology Officer Russell Craig offers his views on what Kiwi businesses will look like in 2040…

With all the amazing technology that’s been developed over the past century, we’ve still not managed to invent a crystal ball to see what the business world will look like in 25 years’ time.

If we did, I expect it would become the bestselling gadget of all time.

Still, three dramatic technological shifts have occurred in the last couple of years which – if their global surge is anything to go by – provide us with a clear window on what the future of business may look like.

These are:

The way that people use technology has evolved

Mobile and touch devices are becoming the norm for employees, rather than desktop computers.

As we continue to pursue lives with greater connectedness and mobility across multiple screens and devices, there will be an equal sea-change in understanding of our workplaces as flexible entities.

Office “locations” may become a thing of the past, as telecommuting truly comes into its own.

The overwhelming shift in the business world into the cloud

No longer are we dependent solely on local hardware capability for storage or compute power, but can utilise the power of the cloud.

This will precipitate a business environment where it is increasingly easy to do business on a global scale.

Equally, doing business in such an “always on, always connected” world will present certain challenges, but also many new opportunities, both at home and abroad.

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