Sponsored 25 January 2019
Today, most companies can't be managed well without software. And we are not talking about buying new soft for laptops that employees can use at the office. In case you own a business that works on the Internet, you have to update your software strategies and tactics on a regular basis. Otherwise, technologies change literally every day, and your company risks to lag behind other, more innovative competitors. So, it is necessary to keep an eye on where the industry moves.
If you can follow the trends, you will not waste your time and money using outdated programs or approach, the best option is to pay for enterprise software development that will provide you with modern tools, to boost the development of your business. How to do that? Well, you have to watch where we are moving in terms of technology, and what works in a best way. Check out the trends that are predicted by experts in the field in 2019.
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
AI gets more and more complicated, and more and more intelligent. While some programs are already able to imitate intelligence, the main breakthrough has not been made yet. Still, if you are working with technologies, or apply complex digital technologies in your work, keep this trend in mind. It seems to boom soon.
Machine learning is more practically applicable today. The point is that a lot of tasks are impossible to be completed by humans, so it is easier to make the machine remember all the options and variations - this is learning. Machines do a huge chunk of the job when it comes to the digital field. So make sure you watch the trend and follow it for the benefit of your company.
This is a trend that everybody discusses, and many already use. In addition to its numerous features, one of the most discussed aspects is total security and anonymity, combined with full transparency. For now, experts claim that blockchain is the safest system of transmitting the data. In case your company works with sensitive data like personal data, or financial transfers, using blockchain guarantees you not only the increase of security in operation but more clients and more investments.
Design gets more and more intuitive. Instead of making the website “beautiful", complex, or “looking expensive", make it functional. Navigation should be totally intuitive and all aspects should be user-friendly. Check the design of websites of the most famous companies and you will notice a smart and sleek design. Make it your priority and your advantage in 2019.
Smartphones are everywhere, and people spend more time using their phone than their laptop unless they have to work. So, each and every business is looking forward to develop their own app, to reach out the potential customers at any time. Figure out whether your company can benefit from this trend, too. Keep those trends in mind to be successful in 2019!
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One of the few things I remember from grade school biology is the concept of tropism. In plain language, tropism is the reaction of a living thing, like a plant, towards a stimulus like sunlight or heat. You've likely seen this before but just didn't recognize it for what it was. If you've ever seen the leaves of a potted plant bending towards a windowpane, that's tropism in action. The plant is bending towards the sunlight.
If you've ever seen the leaves of a potted plant bending towards a windowpane, that's tropism in action.
In our everyday lives, we are all inundated with stimuli throughout the day. The driver in front of us that stalls at the yellow light and zooms through the red light, leaving us behind to wait. Or the customer service rep that leaves us on hold for an ungodly amount of time, only for the call to prematurely drop. There are so many examples both common and unique to our individual lives. The trouble begins when we form the habit of responding to everything — particularly negative stimuli. By doing this, our mental peace is disrupted and diverted making us slaves to whatever happens to happen. Much like the plant bending towards sunlight, we oftentimes react and lean into whatever is happening around us. Now take that concept and multiply it by the number of things that can happen in a day, week, or month. What happens to you mentally with so many emotional pivots?
For me, the result is: Restlessness. Anxiety. Sleepness. Mindless Eating. Everything besides peace of mind.
Much like the plant bending towards sunlight, we oftentimes react and lean into whatever is happening around us.
Earlier this year, something pretty trivial happened to me. I'm sure this has happened to you at some point in your life also. I was walking through a door and, as I always do, glanced back and held the door longer and wider than normal for the person coming behind me. My gracious gesture was met with silence — no thank you, no smile, not even a nod. I remember being so annoyed at this travesty of justice. How dare they not acknowledge me and thank me for holding the door? After all, I didn't have to do it. I know I spent the next few hours thinking about it and probably even texted a few friends so that they could join in on my rant and tell me how right I was to be upset. In hindsight, I should not have allowed this pretty petty thing to occupy my mind and heart, but I did. I let it shake my peace.
I've since taken some classes on mindfulness and what I've learned (and I'm still learning) is the art of being aware — being aware of the present and my feelings. Recognizing when I'm triggered towards annoyance or anger gives me the opportunity to take a step back to understand why and assess whether it deserves my attention and energy. We're all human and having emotions is part of the deal but as mindful adults, it's critically important to choose what you're going to care about and let everything else pass along. There are several tools on the market to help with this but the Headspace app has really helped me in my mindfulness journey. The lessons are guided and coupled with some pretty cute animations.
Recognizing when I'm triggered towards annoyance or anger gives me the opportunity to take a step back to understand why and assess whether it deserves my attention and energy.
Over the course of the next week, I'd like to challenge you to pay more attention to your reactions. How aware are you of how you allow your environment to affect you? Are you highly reactive? Do you ruminate for hours or even days on events that are insignificant in your life? If so, practicing a bit of mindfulness may be the way to go.