Technology is inescapable. From how we work, play, or live our lives, technology has created a revolution that will grow for as long as humans continue to advance in their capabilities.
As time goes by, technology gets better and better. What was once the latest and greatest yesterday, is already old today. Basically, the bottom line is, technology doesn’t wait for you and if your organization isn’t keeping up with it, you will surely be left in the dust by your competitors!
Whether you like to or not, there is no escaping technology and the advances that are being made with it. There are many ways that tech is being used day to day, hour to hour, minute to minute. This is why it is inescapable that technology be used by businesses everywhere.
Fortunately a few simple “life hacks” can help anyone keep their finger on this shifting pulse. For instance, following the people most likely to set new trends (rather than trying to suss out new trends yourself) or having a special twitter list for tech news, can help you stay on top of what’s happening in your industry.
Below I’ll talk about … tips that’ll help you stay on top of any tech changes coming your way!
1. Flipboard and Industry Events:
I like to start my week by perusing through the technology category on Clipboard. It includes Recode, TechCrunch, Venture Beat, and Several others that help me capture the news of the day in the tech world! I also find attending TechCrunch Disrupt as an excellent way to not only keep in tune with trends, but also to come back to the office inspired to innovate.
2. Information from Social Media
I still believe that the twitter feed, along with various social streams are the best way to consume curated information about trending technology topics
3. Read Tech News and Embrace New Projects
Even with lots of work and school responsibilities, I find it important to keep up with new technology for both my personal and professional growth. I volunteer my time as an advisor or consultant of sorts to friends and family, or anyone embarking on new tech projects to stay active with my technical skills.
4. Keep Eyes and Ears Open
If you purposely try to stay on top of new tech, it becomes a chore you end up procrastinating on. Instead, just try to keep you eyes open for new trends and techs on your normal news and social channels! If you see the same thing pop up multiple times then you know it needs some attention.
5. Watch The People Attempting To Set The Trends
I follow multiple VCs, and founders who stay on top of the tech world. People like Gary Vaynerchuk, founder of VaynerMedia and VaynerX. I like to find out what tech they are using to push the boundaries and scale. I check AngelList and Hacker News regularly to catch new products, startups and frameworks.
It’s always a good idea to stay ahead of the game, and these steps will help you do exactly that!