As students, we all studied the Industrial Revolution as part of our history curriculum. In addition to the details of the technology that brought about the revolution, a main portion of the discussion revolved around the impact of new technology on society, business, and culture. In reality, there are three distinct innovations in history that shaped the future of industry. And even now, we are poised on the edge of a similar watershed moment, following the widespread adoption of content services technology.
The first industrial revolution that changed the face of the world was the innovation of steam and water power. For the first time, humans had a regular and passive energy source to fuel industry. The second recognized shift in industry came in the form of electricity as it was used to automate production. The third and most recent innovation that has had world-changing implications is the prevalence and growth of the digital sphere in the last 50 years. So what makes these new innovations so different? The answer is simple: speed.
Human history is full of progress. However, in the past, progress has been slow and linear. Each innovation built upon the last in fairly predictable ways. Occasionally a disruption would come, and revolution would occur. But now, growth is unprecedented. Billions of people, spread across the world, have unprecedented access to information, processing power, and community. This means that innovation is both unpredictable and unrelenting.
At the center of this growth and change is content services. More and more, companies and individuals are depending on virtual spaces to share ideas, discoveries, and research. These changes are causing waves through every industry, changing the expectations and requirements for success. The message is clear: get on board or you will be obsolete. Every company must make decisions to become flexible, accessible, and mobile if they want to maintain relevance.
This content services revolution brings great potential for increasing the quality of life for people around the world. Additionally, we already see great gains in efficiency, connectivity, and productivity. There are great opportunities arising for the talented to contribute to the world in significant ways, regardless of location, capital, or education. At the same time, every disruption brings with it negative side-effects for part of the population. As technologies become obsolete, specialized workers must adapt quickly or be left behind.
Ultimately, leadership in every industry and government has a responsibility to pioneer the adoption of the content services technology that is bringing the world together. This is mutually beneficial, as the sooner leaders embrace the new standard, the sooner everyone can benefit. Offering training, being open to less conventional ways of doing business, and planning for future flexibility are all essential qualities for organizations that will ride this wave of revolution well. Interested in hearing more about how your company can prepare for the future? Contact MaxxVault today to learn more about your options.