Data is a fascinating trend to track. What makes it so fascinating is that – unlike other trends – it doesn’t ebb and flow. There’s no coming and going.
It’s just coming, and growing and increasing in value and potential. It has established its hold and has become something that organizations must embrace or risk falling into irrelevancy. It’s that important.
As such, and with the turning of the new year, it’s time to focus on what’s coming in the next year: the trends and issues relating to data that might become even more important in 2017. Recently, TechRepublic published an interesting article on what to expect in 2017 as far as data is concerned. Many topics were covered, including the aggregation of digital unstructured and machine IoT data, a stronger need for security and permissions, the use of dark – or unused – data and more.
These are all accurate and on track, but something that stands out of particular interest is the movement to the cloud – to a centralized location – and, taken one step further, the ability to add to that cloud-based database while on or off the grid.
Working Off the Grid in 2017?
It feels a little unheard of, maybe even laughable, to think that people are still working off the grid, and will continue to do so in 2017. With the rise in mobile data hot spots, in unlimited data use potential and other trends seeming to overtake the professional world, it seems like everyone is connected in one way or another.
But, for many organizations – including many that Zerion has worked with and continues to work with – it’s a stark reality.
The world feels more connected than ever before. But, in many locations, connectivity is still a pipe-dream. Whether it’s a remote location in the U.S., or a distant village in Africa with serious needs that many NGOs are working furiously to remedy, sometimes, connecting to a viable, secure network is simply impossible.
See the map below (courtesy of SHODAN and the Daily Mail):
The black areas represent those without a signal – without a single web-connected device. It seems darker than one might expect.
What a Lack of Connectivity Usually Means
For organizations that must work in those dark areas, that must collect information and data regardless of the connection options available, this usually means one thing: a reliance on old-form data collection, on pencils, papers and filing. Once the data is collected, it must be manually entered at a later date, when a connection becomes available, and analyzed at that point as well.
A lack of connectivity means a lack of rapid response, an increase in expense and manpower hours, and a limit on the potential for work that can be accomplished. It means delays and expenses; things that are simply not feasible for many organizations.
There’s Another, Better Way
Technology exists – and can be harnessed – that allows organizations to do more with less, even when a connection is impossible.
When the right tools and platforms – like those made available by Zerion – are in place, remote workers can continue to collect data on mobile devices. The data can be saved, then synced with the existing cloud-based database when a connection becomes available.
This means there may still be a slight delay. But, that delay doesn’t have to include time spent re-entering information that’s already been collected. Once synced, it can be analyzed and reported on, leading to continued trend-tracking and instant analyzation. Imagine the possibilities.
Connectivity – or a lack thereof – doesn’t have to be a hindrance. Mobile technology is still an option, even when it seems impossible.
Do you struggle with a lack of connectivity? Do you see your manpower hours increase month after month and wonder what you could do to decrease those hours, to save money while increasing your reach? We’d love to get to know you and the needs facing your organization; the solution you’ve been searching for may be closer than you’ve imagined.