In the 1990’s Microsoft office was the tool to use in sending email, managing your calendar, contacts and making notes on every business lead prospect. Then came the PalmPilot a tool that would synchronize the information from Microsoft office into a handheld device that you could take with you. Around this time, the cell phone was making its entrance in the business market with the Blackberry. It exploded actually, and everyone was able to take a phone device and a little handheld unit with them on every business meeting.

It’s coming up to 2014 and we soon will have all of our information stored in the “cloud” using software names such as LinkedIn, Google, Facebook, YouTube as well as many others. Of these, I would like to focus on LinkedIn. In May 2003, this online business system started, slowly in part because its purpose really not defined. As an example many people signed up, entered their resume information and left it. But now, all that is changing.I foresee Linked In becoming the CRM (Customer Relations Manager software of the future) allowing you to control your contacts and prospects system.

You will be able to make notes, give yourself a reminder, insert appointments into a calendar and track all of your opportunities through LinkedIn. If someone changes jobs their information automatically changes in your contact list. Gone will be the local desktop contact manager and the need to update information. The only physical hardware people are going to need will be a monitor, keyboard and a mouse. In due time and I would say within 5 years you won’t even need the keyboard or mouse. iPads have shown us how our fingers can do the work of a mouse.

Voice recognition software is getting better by the day with Apple’s Siri and Galaxy S voice along with Dragon Dictate software. You will be managing your entire system by voice –writing your emails letters. In fact, this article was dictated completely with voice recognition software. All information will be stored in a cloud through many third-party systems including Dropbox, you share it, or Google docs. The next big thing will be HUD which stands for heads-up display.– where you can look through your glasses or through your windshield and see a transparent digital picture on glass. In your car you may see your speed displayed on your windshield. This technology isn’t new, it was in the Cadillac and the Nissan for the past 20 years, however it is now coming back and being implemented into our eye glasses, smart phones, monitors, and even our watches.

One will be able to check the time, the weather in 2 different locations as well as schedule appointments while you reading a menu. Multi-tasking at it’s best! This is just a quick summary of what I see coming in the next 2-3 years. I have already migrated into most of this technology. I use a tablet, a desktop and my smartphone all linked together. My next purchase will be a Samsung watch that links to my phone and i look forwad to purchasing Google goggles with a heads-up display allowing me to check the weather, and navigate to my next appointment while I have both hands on the wheel driving safely. The biggest fear for all of this amazing technology is that when the power goes out so does the ability to function and to work in today’s society. Here’s to the future!

By: Adam Oldfield

Providing a Fresh Perspective for Burlington and Hamilton.

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