One of the most exciting aspects of technology is that it progresses so rapidly. Every day, there is an endless stream of new technologies, updates, or must-know developments that are announced.
But while staying in-the-know is critical for anyone in the tech industry – or any industry that uses technology (yes, basically every industry!) – it can feel almost impossible to keep up with everything that’s going on.
Don’t let that dissuade you! You may not be able to read about every single announcement, but you can certainly learn about a handful of the most interesting and important ones.
We have scoured the net to find the tech news items you need to know about from May. We’ll provide you with a short, but insightful glimpse of the tech news you won’t want to miss out on learning about. It’s easy to find out more if any pique your interest – just click the link provided in each snippet to read the full article!
From developing a more comprehensive understanding of RFID technology and the on-demand economy, to discovering the usefulness of customer data platforms (CDPs) and voice-picking technology, we’re confident that you’ll learn a lot from our top 8 tech news items in May.
If you want to stay up with the latest tech innovations in the warehouse industry, you need to understand what voice-picking technology is. Also known as voice-directed warehousing (VDW), pick by voice, and speech-based picking, it is “a system that employs radio frequency identification (RFID) and/or WiFi to relay easy-to-understand verbal instructions throughout your warehouse.” RFID boasts many benefits such as shorter training time to learn the technology than traditional picking, boosting the accuracy of your warehouse operators, and increased productivity. If you’re after a more detailed insight of what this futuristic technology offers, be sure to read the article above.
If RFID technology has slipped by you, don’t worry, we’ll keep your secret! Just make sure to clue yourself in with the article, “What is RFID? Types of RFID Tracking Tags, Their Uses, Disadvantages and How They Compare to Barcode Labels.” As you can tell from the title, reading it will teach you practically everything you need to know about RFID to stay in the loop. One thing that’s for certain is that RFID is a technology that’s here to stay – so if you’re in the industry, it’s best to take the time to wrap your head around this most impressive technology.
Thanks to tech, the way we work is revolutionizing. Just look at the on-demand economy – the “economic activity created by digital marketplaces and technology companies to fulfill consumer demand via immediate access to goods and services.” The on-demand economy uses technology to connect suppliers with consumers. Still think it’s just a buzzword? Tell that to Uber and Airbnb, who are two of the most well-known examples of the on-demand economy in action!
Technology has provided businesses with many solutions to long-held problems; however, it can often be difficult to wrap your head around how to best utilize new tech processes. This is no more true than with the e-commerce order-fulfillment process. However, the search is now over for an effective strategy that will boost your e-commerce order-fulfillment process. Implement these practical steps – which range from choosing the right shipper to closely communicating with your customers – and you’ll see a complete transformation of your processes.
Before the advent of customer data platforms (CDP), marketers were faced with the arduous task of gathering and analyzing critical customer data from a number of different sources. Now, customer data platforms offer marketers the opportunity to view important customer data in one unified place. It sounds almost too good to be true – but the consensus is that CDPs are as practical and useful as they seem. If you don’t know much about them, NGDATA does a fantastic CDP overview of what they are, their benefits, the challenges they present, and best practices for leveraging CDPs.
The marketing world is always brimming with new technologies, so it can be tempting to dive in head first. But it’s important to remember that marketing technology optimization doesn’t happen overnight – it takes time and care. That’s at least what Mary Wallace argues in her article, “Marketing Technology Optimization is an Evolution, Not a Revolution.” Wallace’s premise is that marketing technology is there to support your marketing strategy, not be your marketing strategy. As such, you need to take the due time to engage in the process of tweaking and testing new tools. It seems that in the case of marketing technology optimization, slow and steady wins the race.
Safety & Security
Advances in science tech are always welcome, but with them come certain responsibilities. For instance, safety data sheets are an important information source about hazards that also provide advice on safety precautions. Safety data sheets always contain the same 16 sections, allowing for a streamlined and practical record of hazards. So why are they even important? From providing worker protection measures and training, to providing critical information for parties such as emergency responders and poison centers that move hazardous chemicals, safety data sheets are a vital resource in many industries.
Do you work at a Saas company that hasn’t achieved SOC 2 compliance? If so, you need to listen up: SOC 2 compliance has huge implications not only for your company’s security in general, but also for your customers’ loyalty to your brand. As Threat Stack explains, “Achieving SOC 2 compliance means you’ve established a process and practices with required levels of oversight across your organization.” With confidential information breaches ever on the rise, it makes sense that consumers will become increasingly wary of companies that haven’t achieved SOC 2.
Are there any technology articles that caught your eye in May? We’d love to read them, so let us know your recommendations in the comments below!