A Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas to you all!
Our last day is here, and we’re just about ready to head into 2021! But not without showing you our continuous digital improvement plan…
Let’s recap what we’ve learnt over the 12 Days of HanaTech Christmas:
12 Reasons why we all NEED to change, showing different case studies and motivating reasons why
11 Innovations all around us that we don’t even realise they come second nature, things we use every single day to keep our lives going much easier and efficiently
10+ hours lost and how to TIME MANAGE successfully; with advice and tips around starting to manage your time, how to go about it and why it’s important
9 hugely inspiring Women in Tech and how their inventions shaped the future of today
8 tough but actionable wastes in your business, explained and what you should do about yours
7 motivating reasons to NOT give up hope, with tips and advice on how to be proactive, set those goals and to continue your journey
6 important pain points you need to improve in your business, what they are and where to start your overview development plan
5 Gold savingsssssss! (Never get’s old) A few cost free ways to get those quick wins in the business yourself with some resources
4 key factors in your development journey which you look at through your 6 pain points, what the factors are and where to get started with your plan of action
3 vital words – Digital Baseline Review, what it is and how we use it to start your business’es digital process improvement plan
2+ easy ways to speak to us, a little bit about HanaTech’s employee’s and different ways to contact us
Which leads us to here…
At HanaTech we do things differently.
We aren’t your usual Business Consultancy. We work with you from beginning to end, every step of the way. We don’t just offer business advice, we work out a digital improvement plan keeping you included whilst offering our expert advice on how to digitally improve your workplace. We aren’t here to ‘force a sale’, we’re here because turning traditional factories to factories of the future is our passion.
We’re bespoke and tailor the plan to your business needs – none of this cold call style sales speech, just pure honest advice. We’re transparent with you, as we believe in a not just a smart factory, but a transparent glass factory future; to be able to show customers your processes and be PROUD of how successful you are.
That’s why it’s a continuous digital improvement plan!
We start off with quick wins and work our way from there, depending on the business. If you’re not quite ready for large digital solutions that’s okay! We’ll do our Digital Baseline Review by looking over the 6 pain points, identifying the 4 key factors along the way and we can create your digital improvement plan to span over as much time as you need.
We help you understand the solutions, work with you to tweak it to your specifications and we’ll also put in our expertise and add solutions you will not have thought of.
We build trust and relationships as the end goal, is to get your business on top of the competition, but continually holding that position by working on change management and the last key factor – culture of innovation.
We hope you enjoyed the 12 Day’s of HanaTech Christmas – it’s jam packed of great advice, tips, and how to work with us!
Set those 2021 New Year’s Resolutions and speak to us to help start your journey…
HanaTech has some amazing projects in the pipelines so don’t forget to follow us on our socials and our main LinkedIn page to keep up to date with any announcements.. Which there may be some in January!
And what better way to spend it than reading our day 2 blog post! (Thanks for being here, we really do appreciate it) and here’s 2+ easy ways to speak to us …
It’s been a year for the History Books thats for sure… and it was our 1st year of trade! HanaTech’s 1st Birthday was on the 18th December, where we celebrated getting through 2020. We are so thankful of the support we have received so far; we have so many amazing projects lined up that we can’t wait to reveal in the new year! We really focus on being that business consultant in supporting Manufacturing in the most one to one way possible; our approach is what makes us different from the rest.
If you’ve come this far through our 12 Day’s of HanaTech Christmas, congratulations! We hope you’ve learnt a lot! So, this is a little introductory post on who we are and a few easy ways to speak to us, whether it be to to ask any questions you may have, to start your digital development plan, or to get some more business advice…
HanaTech Ltd. right now is made up of Hana herself, and me: Shannon.
A little bit about Hana…
Hana has had a fantastic line up of experience under her belt, spanning over 15 years!
“I am passionate about supporting Traditional Factories to become Factories of the Future, one quick win at a time.”
Being a female led business in Tech and Manufacturing is something Hana should be proud of, as it is bridging that gap – mentioned in our inspiring women Day 9 post. There is still a way to go in terms of bringing more women into the industry’s however Hana is paving the way to becoming an inspirational leader, striving to make a difference in Britain’s important industrial sector.
Random Fact about Hana:
And then there’s me, Shannon.
I am the digital marketer for HanaTech. I thoroughly enjoy my role, as I get to make a difference and be part of an important service. Plus I get to create some amazing content… Click here for an interview with Made in the Midlands on being Female and an Apprentice in Manufacturing
My background started with art, through to gaining a BA Fine Art honours Degree at Birmingham City University. I have since freelanced and delved into Graphic Design where now I have started my career in Digital Marketing. I love creating content, communicating with others and being a part of something which keeps the business going; staying relevant.
Random Fact about Shannon:
Some easy ways to SPEAK to us!
If you need to get in touch with either of us.. Or just HanaTech Ltd. in general follow one of these:
Message us through our Socials, We are on Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
Follow us on our socials and keep up to date with what we are doing, drop a comment and we’ll be happy to chat!
Visit our website to find our contact page, our chat bot or fill out a contact form
We are looking forward to hearing from you all, building more relationships and making a difference to our local Manufacturing Industry and more, remember these easy ways to speak to us and get in touch!
We are on Day 3.. Christmas Eve, Eve! And we will be showing you 3 valuable words – Digital Baseline Review and what we do…
Our approach at HanaTech is to be as transparent as possible, to give you the information you require put across in terms that YOU understand. We work with all kinds of SME’s in the manufacturing industry at different knowledge levels of the tech jargon based Industry 4.0, and it doesn’t matter what point you’re at on the timeline; we tailor our training and advice to you and YOUR business.
It is often a question we get regularly;
As this is a phrase we use across all of our platforms and website, we thought it’s best to explain what it is, why we do it, what are it’s purposes and how it can help YOU begin your digital improvement journey...
Let’s set the scene –
It’s 2021, you’ve started the year reviewing your business, section by section. You’ve looked at your takings, your customers. You know you need a progression plan for the year to start upping those figures but, you don’t really know where to start or what your business even needs. That’s where HanaTech comes in. You choose us, a business consultancy to speak to about getting some advice.
*Drops us an email, or a phone call*
“Hi Hana, This is J. Bloggs, Operations Manager for J Bloggs Ltd. We could do with some help! We aren’t sure where to start, but we have a basic plan…”
“Hi Ms Bloggs! You’ve come to the right place! Of course we will be of service, to start with, I will need to do a Digital Baseline Review of your business to identify areas of improvement or opportunities to base our digital process improvement plan off. And that’s where it all starts! We will give you as much advice as possible, help you understand your DBR and what steps to take next…”
“Okay, Well what is a Digital Baseline Review?”*
A Digital Baseline Review is a report style review which covers the 4 key areas mentioned in day 4 – Customer Journey, Operations & Process, Use of Realtime Data and Culture of Innovation. The review is carried out by us either through an on-site visit (no more than 2 hours) or depending on circumstance can be done remotely through a zoom/video call.
Once we have looked over your business, we then provide an overall score % whether you’re a completely traditional business, digital beginner or even closer to the digital master side but you still need some tweaking. Along with this we provide you with recommendations of improvements to make.
But why would I need to do this DBR?
By taking part in this, it starts off the improvement journey with a structured and informative way to put the plan together. By seeing where your business lies on the DBR scale, you’re already gaining more visibility to the processes and you may even see some things you never noticed before… You want to know where you begin, and where you want to be at the end of the journey.
If you’d like to see an example of the DBR click here
How is this going to help me?
We take a much more bespoke approach than others, as we understand how every business is different. We really pride ourselves in helping SME’s succeed in the local manufacturing industry which is why 2021 is the time to start those development plans! But less about us.. Why is doing a DBR going to help YOU?
Time really doesn’t wait for anyone, whilst you are plodding along at work thinking things are going okay, your competitors are looking at new ways to work, new ways to gain more trade and develop stronger relationships with multiple people. Drastic changes can happen at any minute which can shut down businesses for good (Look at 2020, nobody saw that coming!?)
By always being on the lookout for new ways to work, this will keep things interesting and motivating but also put your business on top. 2021 is the year of change – we all need to adapt our way of life to keep up with the growth of the world.
Don't let it leave you behind...
If you’d like to book a complimentaryDigital Baseline Review now, or simply have a chat to us about the possibilities feel free to contact us! And we will support you every step of the way, One Quick Win at a Time…
There are 4 key factors in your journey of digital development with HanaTech…
But before that, we have to start right at the beginning…
If you have learnt anything from our blog posts so far (we hope so!) Then you’ll already be a trainee of personal development. You’ll be starting your New Year’s Resolutions, making those lists whether they be on paper or on your Notes app, you’ll be preparing for some key factors you want to change in 2021… and then you’ll probably include some work improvements too.
Whether you’re working for a company, whether you own one, whether it’s small or medium or even large, we all have a ‘progress plan’ of some kind. Then there is always that list of ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ that we make all motivated, and then forget about in week 2. But 2021 NEEDS to be different.
We are going to show you OUR Plan on a Page for how we complete our Digital Process Improvement and what key factors we look at to go from a Digital Beginner, to a Digital Master…
1. CUSTOMER CENTRIC – Products and Services
This is the starting point of the journey, where you gain your customers and how that all happens. Here are some examples of improvements we can make:
Sales won through loyal base and word-of-mouth
Customer interactions based from email, phone, post and fax
Areas of inefficiency within CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE
Strong E-commerce presence and seamless multi-channel experience
ENGAGED CUSTOMERS sharing POSITIVE REVIEWS
Wherever, Whenever service proposition
2. OPTIMISED DIGITALISED processes and operations
Your processes are, well, the steel beams of the business holding it all together. Your processes and how they run are what keeps your business going and whether it gets the trade or not. If you have processes that aren’t running as well as they could/should be, this can be detrimental. Customers will go elsewhere to places more efficient to trade…
Here are examples of improvements we can make:
Multiple disconnected systems and manual tasks with minimal data recorded
Long set up times
Rework caused by lackof process controls
Integrated end-to-end digital processes and 3rd party systems
Intelligent automation to replace manual tasks
Automated controls, monitoring and workflow
3. DATA RICH and real time insight –
We are very much in the technical age, where we can pretty much access any piece of information at the touch of a button. We live our daily lives with all sorts of smart technology such as Amazon Alexa’s, iPhones with Face iD and Apple Wallets, Ring Doorbells with HD video just to name a few. So, why wouldn’t you want your work life to be as efficient? By having access and much more visibility to your data, this can generate real time insights and dashboards to gather reports and make improvements or adjustments.
Here are some examples of improvements we can make:
Time lag on operational, customer and management information resulting in reactive decision making
Difficult to capture meaningful data
Real time metrics and full traceability of data
Advanced and predictive intelligence and analytics for proactive decisions and action
Improved targeting with customer insights
4. CULTURE OF INNOVATION and embracing technology
Change management is one of the toughest tasks out there, especially as it includes a sort of ‘selling’ technique to encourage people to get on board. There are many different types of people and their traits out there, looking back at the technology adoption cycle there are reasons why the category of laggards exist, and this can be due to the ‘resistance to change’ mindset. By helping with change management, this helps a business from the inside out – as even staff need encouragement too.
Here are some examples of improvements we can make:
Little investment spent on R&D innovation
Lack of engagement in the need for change
Team comfortable with’doing business the way it has always been done’
New technology explored and utilised
Empowered tech savvy team with digital skills to keep up with INDUSTRY 4.0
Continuous innovation to find ways to disrupt the market and stay relevant
Those are our 4 KEY FACTORS to the digital process improvement plan journey, and of course, we help you understand each stage along the way.
Change is always difficult, but change is inevitable, important and necessary to keep moving forwards. If nothing ever changed, we would be stuck in a groundhog day…
Take a look at our ‘Plan on a Page’ in more detail here and tomorrow we will look at 3 Important words for Day 3…
Remember to drop us any queries you have, or if you want to start your Digital Development Plan!
You know that you have some problem areas within your business, but you’re not sure where and how to even start dissecting each sector of processes… So we are going to show you 8 tough, but actionable wastes in your business:
What ARE the 8 WASTES and why are they important to know about?
Sometimes you see technical jargon of an area that you don’t specialise in and it just doesn’t interest you. Your area is admin, why do you need to know about anything else? Or your area is in manufacturing, why do you need to know about all the wordy stuff?
There are good reasons to know about the 8 wastes in your business..
WHAT DO WE MEAN when we talk about 8 wastes?
These are the areas of your business that all fit together for it to work; we focus on the Manufacturing Industry but this can be applied to many other businesses with some tweaking. These 8 areas are where you will find unnecessary processes that could either be dumped, tweaked or digitally improved to save TIME, MONEY, EFFORTS, and improve efficiency. The 8 wastes very much fits with Time Management as we mentioned in our previous blog post – the more processes you transform and improve, the more time you will gain back and so on so forth.
Each part of a digital process improvement plan works with the other; by identifying if anything fits into the 8 wastes in your business. This then gives you problems to solve, to call in an expert, and then time manage until your business is on top of the competitive world.
TRANSPORTATION – Are there unnecessary movements happening? Are there more efficient ways to complete this? Can you give more transparency to your customer waiting on your transportation? Could you bulk deliveries together through a digital system which updates and knows when deliveries are leaving/arriving at your warehouse? The possibilities are endless…
INVENTORY – Are you over/under ordering stock and not using it? If that is the case, could you move your inventory online to gain a much better overall view of what is happening within your inventory and store all your data digitally? Inventories are a HUGELY important part of a business, your stock checks are something you need to keep records of and access information at ease.
MOTION – Are there unnecessary movements within your business? Could time, and physical power be saved?
WAITING – This falls into time management; are there processes within ANY sector of your business, the offices, the shop floor, the factory where TIME is wasted by waiting for something? Could time be managed better and processed organised to be automated, to have multiple things running so you aren’t waiting around for one thing to finish before you start another?
OVER PROCESSING – Again, this will work for different kinds of businesses, but are you over processing a job that actually doesn’t need that level of quality? For example in the office, are you hand writing invoices when you could have them automatically produced and sent out with the touch of a button? This doesn’t mean that you are selling ‘under quality’ products, this just means that not every job will necessarily need a rolls royce to transport when a ford fiesta will work just fine.. Over processing also causes loss of money, time and falls into other wastes.
OVER PRODUCTION – Are you aware of each step in the process of your business and what goes after the other? Are some things happening too early? Is production happening more than it needs to be?
DEFECTS – Are mistakes being made because of processes not working together efficiently? We all know what defects mean.. Customer complaints, loss of trade and money, loss of time having to rework… Loss of inventory Defects are the BANE of a business’s life… We ALL want to avoid this!
SKILLS – Are there some processes which are manual based that could be transformed to digital/automated to then save TIME to utilise an employee’s hard earned knowledge and skills elsewhere? We all have had a moment in time where we feel our talents and skills are being underutilised.. And what a shame that is! Utilising skills could mean new intelligent ideas, new ways of working. People’s voices should be heard!
NOW I KNOW the 8 wastes… WHAT DO I DO NOW?
You go through your workplace.. Analyse what processes could be changed and transformed…
A digital process improvement plan! But remember, you don’t have to do this all alone – ask an expert to help you! Business consultants, project/ operations managements, and process solutions are all the key factors to making an improvement plan. These things take time, it’s best to work in small chunks and go one solution at a time. Although it may seem a long, mundane thing to do.. You learn a lot about your business that you may not have known.. And who doesn’t want to better their selves? There is always something to gain out of an improvement plan… TIME. MONEY. A better running business giving customer more transparency means better connections, testimonials and feedback.
Remember the whole ‘NEW YEAR NEW ME’? Maybe 2021 could be that year..
To put words into action. Many businesses have suffered during the 2020 pandemic and need to rethink their strategies, to adapt to the ever changing digital world. The public expect more from businesses because of the incline in technology and how quick it is to access information – people want that in their work lives too.
Identify your wastes.. Or come to us where we can identify for you to get your digital process improvement plan! Keep up to date with our blog posts by following us on LinkedIn, or more below…
As we are a FEMALE LED business, it’s our duty to spread the empowerment! So here are 9 inspiring Women in Tech who CHANGED the future…
According to Adeva IT, as of 2018, women held only 25% of all the jobs in the tech industry, despite women making up almost half of the total workforce. What’s worse, this number is lower than the percentage of tech jobs held by women back in the 1980s.*
It is a known factor that in STEM roles and Manufacturing that women are much less likely to be working in these sectors, due to many reasons such as
Not enough awareness in education – young women simply aren’t aware of STEM roles
Lack of interest
Competition – women are pushed to non-technical roles and there is still a lot of gender inequality within these sectors.
But at HanaTech, we are here to thrive off the positive, to share the successes of all in the STEM and Manufacturing realm as well as Small Businesses, but today our focus is sharing 9 Inspiring Women in Tech from the past until now…
9. Dr. Shirley Jackson: Modern Day Telecommunication
A more modern-day female inventor, Shirley made history as the first black woman to graduate with a PhD from MIT in 1973*
In her career, Dr. Jackson has brought breakthrough scientific research in telecommunications that enabled others to invent the portable fax, touch tone telephone, solar cells, fiber optic cables, and the technology behind caller ID and call waiting. She is still active now – check out the Black Inventor site for more – *https://www.black-inventor.com/dr-shirley-jackson
9. Mary Anderson: Inventor of the Windscreen Wiper
Although it may seem simple, or an obvious necessity now, there was a time when cars were invented without windscreen wipers (which seems crazy to imagine cars without!) Mary invented the wiper in 1902.. Before Henry Ford even started manufacturing cars?!
Though she had trouble selling her invention at first, eventually Cadillac included her invention on its vehicles in 1922*
Ruth was the first woman to hold a corporate position at 27 years of age for International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) which is an American multinational technology and consulting company and Ruth was also one of very few women who held such high positions of authority at all in the United States. She has been seen as an icon of inspiration over the years as a successful business woman – you can find Ruth on the IBM site in the hall of fame here.
6. Marie Curie – Radio Activity
Marie Curie really paved the way to the future of radioactive treatments – specifically for Cancer treatements. She discovered the elements radium and Polonium which were such huge breakthrough she is one of the most well known female scientists to this day, and rightfully so. In 1903 Marie and her Husband Pierre won a Nobel Prize for their contributions to radioactivity in science.
As many of us know today, Marie Curie’s name has been used for a charity to support research into treatments for terminal illness and is known by its yellow daffodil logo. You can find more information here.
5. Ada Lovelace – Computer programmer
You’ve probably heard of Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace – widely appreciated as the first person to recognise the computer and its potentials, thus being the first computer programmer.
‘In the mid-1800s, English computer pioneer and mathematician Charles Babbage asked Lovelace to translate an article about his proposed mechanical computer, the analytical engine. Lovelace not only translated the article, but she also expanded it by theorizing a way of getting the machine to repeat a set of instructions, something that would later become known as ‘looping’’*
Similarly to Lovelace but over a century on, Hopper converted English terms into code that computer machines could understand, a huge turning point in computer technology. Coding is vital for most things, whether it is website design or software applications, Hopper made it possible for us to translate. She worked right the way up to her death at 85, serving many years in the U.S. Navy and being awarded Admiral – one of the few females in this position at the time.
3. Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube
Susan Wojcicki started off being involved with the founding of Google which is where she worked as their Marketing Manager as Google’s sixteenth employee. As she was working her way up adding more contributions to Google’s AdSense and more, she suggested their acquisition of YouTube, which she then became CEO of in 2014.
“Tech is an incredible force that will change our world in ways we can’t anticipate. If that force is only 20 to 30% women, that is a problem,” Wojcicki has said. We love the bold stance she takes against gender discrimination.
YouTube is one of, if not the biggest platform out there available – hosting thousands of Youtuber’s who hold millions of subscribers – there is something on there for everyone. Digital jobs are on the rise due to the shift in technology – which make the job roles more desireable. Don’t know how to do something? ‘YouTube’ it.
2. Anne Boden, CEO, Starling Bank
Boden founded Starling Bank in 2014, where she is now CEO and a member of its board of directors, with the aim of creating a bank as focused on customer experience as possible*
Starling Bank, is a Digital/Mobile-only Bank, which has won ‘best british bank’ 3 years in a row. It’s rival – Monzo, was started by a former partner of Boden’s, who she had disagreements with which resulted in him leaving Starling – to set up Monzo.
Anne wanted to create something entirely new, something which fits in with the times which she completed extremely well – there are over 1 million Starling accounts now in the UK. In 2018, Anne received an MBE for services to financial technology.
1. Hana Robertson – MD, HanaTech Ltd.
We can’t not include our very own founder in our Inspiring Women in Tech list now can we?! (FYI not written by Hana herself of course)
Hana has worked in tech roles for over 15 years, starting out doing her Manufacturing Engineering and Business Degree in 2001. She is extremely passionate about her stance as a female in tech; she knows it’s a much smaller percentage to be in and wants to push herself to be as sucessful as possible – but not without making a difference.
Hana founded HanaTech in 2019, providing Digital Process Improvement to the local Manufacturing Industry and more.
Hana is working on multiple projects which will soon be revealed, but she is already making a difference and has plans to expand her change manangement across multiple businesses. The technology adaptation is underway, but there are still many people who aren’t ready – Hana wants to prepare people to be as successful as they can be, offering support and really making that difference.
We hope you enjoyed our list – from past to present and FUTURE of Inspiring Women in Tech…
There is a need for change in the Tech industry – see this report for more information and stats and what we need to do to close the gender gap in technology.
Time is something nobody can control, once it’s gone, it’s gone! BUT, you can time manage more wisely…
So what do we mean by HOURS LOST?
When it comes to your workplace whether it be the office, your factory or a store, every business has their processes. From the admin and HR to the distribution and manufacturing; Even your home life has it’s processes and daily routine. We are all a fan of making things easier for ourselves by investing either in a tech gadget from our innovations post on DAY 11; even owning a mobile phone makes our lives a million times more efficient! But there are many of us that spend many hours completing tasks that simply do not require that amount of time, and quite frankly by the end of it, it’s underwhelming.
TIME MANAGEMENT – Not something everyone is great at.. But can improve.
There are all kinds of people in this world, the ones who are super organised and time manage so well that it’s borderline TOO well, and the people who have so much to do… And so little time…
Managing your time efficiently is a step in the right direction to being more successful, in your home life or your business life. By successful, we can’t promise that you will be a millionaire by the time you have time managed everything.. But there are MANY benefits:
Mental benefits – by organising your time better you will have a clearer mind and ability to know that everything is in the right place.. Less stress!
Life Skills – It’s a skill that everyone always needs and always comes in handy in most aspects of your life
Time GAINED: if you are proactively finding new solutions and better ways to work, this falls into time management and in term, gains hours back for you to focus on the more important things in life
Business Benefits – Whether you own your own business or work for one, managing your time can improve the business’s trade with more customers, gain more profits, have better communication with staff and much more which we will go into in the next part…
HOW TO TIME MANAGE… WHERE DO I START?
You may already know that you need to make your daily life run a bit smoother, but it’s not always easy to start that plan, especially if you don’t know WHERE to start. But have no fear! There are many experts and business consultants out there to give guidance and advice.. (such as ourselves) as well as resources to help time manage such as Monday.Com, good old Microsoft OneNote and more but we are going to give you a head start by pointing out some actions in the workplace:
Firstly, you have to be understanding of yourself that you know you aren’t managing your time correctly. (Which is fine, many of us struggle!)
Have a look at your routine, identify a few of your daily work tasks… are there any processes you find that take a LOT longer than they should?
Note down all of your processes.. There may be some that you think are okay but you could actually speed up with the correct advice and software!
If you are one of the tech-savvy curious types, maybe have a research and see if there is a better way to complete your task
Let the experts help! Contact your superior, or if you are the superior go ahead and find an expert! We are a business consultancy who offer it all, from advice and change management to putting actual solutions in place and setting you on your merry way – one step at a time.
Be PATIENT. Good things do take time, even managing your time takes time! By having a plan in place and tackling it one by one, it cuts a digital improvement plan into chunks that are easier to complete.
WHAT COULD YOU DO WITH THOSE PAINSTAKING HOURS LOST?
Once you have started your time management plan, whether it’s a personal one with your home life or a business one of a digital process improvement plan, you will soon see the lost hours turn into gained ones. So what can you do with that time?
In terms of business.. Time is precious. By improving processes digitally, this gives more time to focus on the human tasks that digital cannot do.. The one to one training with staff which builds their confidence. The human interaction of checking up on how the employees are doing if you’re part of the management team or higher. The positive feedback that might just make somebody’s day – that they know they are valued in the workplace.
There are many great things achieved with time, human tasks are just one of them.
You could look into a development in your business that you may not have had time to do so before, a new product to launch maybe. You could gain more customers as you have the time to take them on. You could work on your marketing more to push your brand awareness online, or you could hire new staff…
The possibilities are endless!
If you and your business needs to manage time better and you don’t know where to start?
For our 11th Day – 11 amazing innovations all around us that are so obvious you never even notice them…
We are going to show you 11 tech innovations that you probably can’t live without and have played huge parts to society and are just plain genius!
1. The Camera/ Recording Devices
Although you may not realise it, the invention of the camera paved the way for so many things to which we use today and we couldn’t be without.
‘In 1685, German author Johann Zahn proposed a design for the first handheld reflex camera. French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce is now widely accepted as the creator of photography as we now know it. Using a homemade camera, he produced the first partially successful photograph in 1816 on paper coated with silver chloride.’*
The invention of the camera was necessary for technology to develop from film to digital, and all the way to the tiny camera on our gadgets. Camera’s have made possible deeper connections through communication all over the world – with internet of course. Through the likes of Skype, social media apps, video calls and Zoom, most of use video every single day.
2. Voice activation devices or better known as – “Alexa?” “Hey Google!”
New data from Strategy Analytics show that over 1-in-5 UK households had a smart speaker as of the end of June 2019.*
And I’m willing to bet that even more of us have them now that we work from home… These devices have become so second nature; having lots of different abilities to even turn on lights! There are still a few of us that feel a bit weary that a device is listening.. But don’t worry, there aren’t little people with a headset on listening to your every word… they are activated with their ‘names’. Remember Siri?
The iPhone helper came out in 2011, to which many of us started asking it to tell a joke… (go on ask it now, you love a dad joke…)
3. Finger Print and Face Recognition
We have all been so used to unlocking our phones with the touch of our fingers that we forget we own a passcode!
The fingerprint technology was released in 2013 – they do have their flaws though, especially if you’ve been in the bath for too long and it does’t recognise those wrinkled finger tips…
Facial recognition actually dates back to as far as the 60’s – as a computer application.
FaceID was the one who took the storm – Apple’s technology bypassed all of the other’s, being the fastest most efficient feature, although there are times it doesn’t work. I guess nothing is perfect though right?
4. Touch Pay and Digital Wallets
And we thought the invention of bank cards was great, not having to carry around cash.. but then the contactless payment was even better although wisely at a limit…
In 2014 Apple Pay was released; a mobile digital wallet which allows payments in stores and online without the need for a chip and pin card. Although at first many people didn’t trust it which lead to a slow start, globally over 43% of us are using it now.
Gone are the days of needing to talk to a staff member to order your food.. This innovation may seem simple, but it’s pure genius. Some may say that it ‘cuts off the human interaction’ which in some ways yes, however when you really think about it, you’re there to get your food and eat it hence ‘fast food’.
The Self Serve Kiosk manufactured by Evoke Creative started in 2015, and really changed the game. A few major pro’s: Quicker when the queues are longer, getting much more trade in with the extra ’tills’, Great for inclusivity of those who find it hard to communicate physically due to health reasons, easy to clean/wipe down after use – Check out Evoke’s site for more technical pro’s.
6. Video Doorbell and Home Security
Not everyone has one of these, but they sure are taking off to be one of the amazing innovations recently. In 2013, inventor Jamie Siminoff brought his idea for a video doorbell to TV’s “Shark Tank,” the US version of Dragon’s Den, hoping to find a backer for his new company. The sharks flatly rejected him. But the product, Ring, became a huge hit, and Amazon purchased his company in 2018 for over $1 billion.
RING are an innovative brand integrating their High Definition video doorbell to an App, so you are able to save recordings, use the microphone to speak to people at the door whereever you may be and track motion outside through sensors. Alike Alexa and Google Home, many people have a RING doorbell installed; they are user friendly and provide clear pictures that other standard security cameras cannot.
7. GPS and Sat Nav’s to Google Maps
We all got frustrated when we went on road trips and nobody could hold the map the right way up. But Satellite navigation systems appeared; The first was Transit, a system deployed by the US military in the 1960s.* Publicly available GPS devices had already been around since the early 1980s – Around 2000 were when companies started releasing GPS systems such as MapQuest.
But MapQuest was still online, meaning you had to print off your route. Fast forward to now – Google took over the game to be one of the most amazing innovations to date.
Google maps was released in 2005, and 1 year later came street view which meant that they no longer needed to rely on third parties to get information. Google really developed the digital maps system to what it is today – most people use it on mobile devices to navigate almost anywhere.
Gaming is one of the biggest industries out there – with 4 out of 5 households owning a console. Starting off from even before consoles appeared, arcade games and Space Invaders started the path which has grew to what we are at today with online gaming. Ideas had floating around for online gaming when consoles were around, but internet either a) didn’t exist or b) when it did, it just wasn’t fast enough.
It wasn’t until the release of the Sega Dreamcast, the world’s first Internet-ready console, in 2000, that real advances were made in online gaming as we know it today.*
The release of Runescape in 2001 was a game changer. MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing games) allows millions of players worldwide to play, interact and compete against fellow fans on the same platform.*
Fast forward to now, where people all over the world play games online, connecting with each other and even making money being professional gamers, but with making money means pumping money: Millennials spend an average of $112 a month on gaming content, according to a 2019 report from gaming research company SuperData**
Mobile is the most popular platform for gaming millennials with 81% representation. Consoles are second with 60%, followed by PC at 30%**
Gamers can continue playing on a mobile device during their commute, and then resume the game at home… pretty much gaming whereever they want.
9. Drones – For all kinds of Uses
Although they get a bad reputation and have been a controversial topic, Drones are a huge step in technology and we are yet to see their full potential.
Advanced Drones are still relatively new; the first recorded use was in WW1 for military weapons having the ability to be un-manned. But asides from Military, Drones have been adopted in many other sectors including commercial, research, government, emergency health and even deliveries – one amazing innovation!
BI Intelligence expects sales of drones to top $12 billion in 2021. And no small amount of that will come from the sale of personal drones used for film-making, recording, still photography and gaming by common tech-savvy enthusiasts.*
Huge corporations like Amazon and Google are testing ways to deliver packages with drones. Facebook is using drones to provide Internet connections in remote locations. And there’s even a start-up that’s using unmanned aircraft to deliver tacos to your door. *
Fast forward a few years to 1991 – The internet is commercialised and we saw the birth of e-commerce. Really, online shopping is still young, but it has spiked dramatically and given businesses so much more opportunity and space to trade.
In today’s climate, the rise of online presence in social media has integrated e-commerce into social platforms; Facebook and Instagram offering ‘shop’ features to easily purchase an item at the touch of a button. Whilst may seem risky.. It’s only really risky to those who fall victim to the sneaky marketing.. *10% off.. BUY IT NOW*
11. Self Driving Cars
Whilst here in the UK it’s not something your average next door neighbour owns, it’s very much underway. Tesla are the most popular electric car company, Elon musk, Tesla’s CEO stated in June that he expects to have self-driving commercially available vehicles by the end of 2020 as he’s been testing one himself for his commute, although we are yet to see if this plan succeeds.
Tesla’s cars are like mobile phones, they have ‘updates’. October 20th they rolled out their self driving update to select consumers to test, which make the vehicles slow and cautious*
‘In GM’s 1939 exhibit, Norman Bel Geddes created the first self-driving car, which was an electric vehicle guided by radio-controlled electromagnetic fields generated with magnetized metal spikes embedded in the roadway. By 1958, General Motors had made this concept a reality.’
Other companies like Honda, Toyota and Volvo are aiming to deliver on-Highway driverless cars by 2021.
We hope you enjoyed reading our 11 amazing innovations all around you.. how many things do you see around YOU? Tune in tomorrow to to find out ADVICE and TIPS on how to TIME MANAGE effectively! Alternatively, contact us or follow us on our socials to keep up to date –
For our first blog post we are going to show you 12 reasons why we desperately need change to continue to survive…
What change you ask?
The world is changing – digitally speaking. There are many innovations all around us that we will outline in day 11 that you never would have thought about, but for now we will give you 12 reasons why we desperately need change; adapting to the digital innovations around us to continue to thrive and build upon.
1. The high street is on the decline…
As sad as this may be for many, small businesses rely on in store purchases. But the high street has been on the decline even before the pandemic. As many people are adapting to the use of mobile phones (even your grandma uses Facebook these days!) social media advertising is fuelled with investment; most companies who are making use of the online presence know the stats: 92 per cent of UK adults are forecast to own a smartphone by 2023.
In recent news, Primark had lost out to a whopping £2 BILLION over 2020’s 1st pandemic ALONE… all because they have no e-commerce website! It seems such a rookie mistake for the fashion giant to not have an online presence in this day and age… Luckily they are not in administration yet…
Many small businesses who still rely on the face to face interaction need not fear, as it is super easy and cheap to have digital change and build an e-commerce site – still having their in store interaction. The best of both worlds!
2. The future of WORK: demand for roles within the digital technology sector has grown by 150% over the past 4 years (2015 – 2018)*
During the current climate of the pandemic, many jobs have been or will be at risk due to the unfortunate lack of need for some roles. HOWEVER, in the digital sector there has been a HUGE increase of demand due to digital change; digital marketers, social media analysts, content creators and more are highly sought after to fulfil brand ‘s online presence; the competition to be the most seen online is high.
‘But I have trained all of my life to do my specific role, this isn’t fair!’
Do not give up! There may be ways for you to mould your current role into a more digital stance by retraining. There are many positives to retraining; especially if you have been in a role for 10+ years and feel pretty stagnant. You can refresh your daily work life, learn new things and have something more exciting to go to each day; as they say, ‘If you always do what you’ve always done you’ll always get what you always got.’
Most workplaces were shut, but many adapted to continue to work by the likes of… you guessed it..
ZOOM. TEAMS. HANGOUTS. Or whatever platform you use…
But this mandatory digital change has only sparked the question; can we work from home most of the time? This saves people money, time and effort on their commutes, less busy public transport which right now is key for keeping distance..
We are strongly within the web 2.0 realm now; user-generated content. Gone are the days where the web could only give you information but with no interaction. Web 2.0 refers to the ease of access, the abilities to collaborate, share and interact with information. Now, web 2.0 has evolved so much it is a referred to as a ‘social web’
There are little people who do not use a device in their daily life, whether it’s a laptop, tablet or mobile phone. Can you imagine a day without googling something like ‘who starred in the peaky blinders’ after you’ve just binge watched an entire season? Or then writing a status about it on your socials?
The development of Web 2.0 has highlighted even more so why we need to adapt and participate; to reap the benefits.
5. Industry 4.0 – Not just relevant to the Manufacturing Industry
You may think:
“I have no idea what Industry 4.0 means.. but I don’t need to, I work in accounts?!”
But Industry 4.0 affects EVERYONE. Let’s explain…
Looking at the 4 stages of the industrial revolution:
Stage 1 – Mechanism, Steam and Water Power
Stage 2 – Mass production lines and Electricity
Stage 3 – Electronics, IT Systems, Automation and Robotics
Stage 4 – SMART factory, AI, Real time data, and Machine learning
The industry, manufacturing and construction are core parts of what keeps the world running. Without these sectors.. We wouldn’t have anything. The houses we live in, the bed’s we sleep on. The clothes we we wear and the foods we eat. Whether you are in HR, you work for the NHS, you’re a teacher or an Artist. All sectors of life REQUIRE the manufacturing and construction industry.
Industry 4.0 is in progress, but we DESPERATELY need change to be embraced and encourage this stage as it moulds the future of everything as we know it.
6. CASE STUDY – Toys R Us Collapse
An entertainment giant in it’s day, but even the largest companies could fall into administration.. (Looking at the current news of Arcadia Group, who owns TopShop)
“Toys R Us has failed to innovate its business model, incorporate technology or adapt to changing consumer behavior” *https://tinyurl.com/y5phk5am
In short, the large company made mistakes which only lived to serve lessons to others of what NOT to do. But many people can agree that their resistance to adapt to trends and behaviors resulted in an outcome that nobody wants. Thousands of jobs lost, 100’s of store closures. Which all could have been prevented..
7. The technology adoption cycle
The new business disruptors are adapting to technology straight away, which is creating a GAP between the already existing businesses that are quite slow with jumping on the tech bandwagon.
This ‘GAP’ which continues to increase the more innovating technology emerges, is only creating heavier competition… where eventually there will be no competition; the new disruptors are well ahead of the game and customers automatically steer to them. Leaving the businesses falling behind, non existent.
Don’t be another case study…
8. The ‘Resistant to Change’
We all know this category of people can be a hurdle, whether you are one of them or whether you work with them. But how to we combat this resistance?
From a workplace MD/CEO point of view; it’s all about change management. There are ways to approach the tech adoption subject to those more tricky employee’s… But you can speak to a specialist to get resources and advice! (Cough* HanaTech Cough*)
If YOU fall into that resistance for reasons such as..
You don’t trust new tech.. It can fail
You don’t know where to start to understand, all seems too complicated
There are many resources out there and examples of successful technology that are around your daily life that you don’t even notice.. And we trust them everyday. If you don’t understand, or know where to start then again.. Ask for help! There are business consultants out there (Cough* HanaTech Cough*) who are here to help you!
And if you are the latter.. Unfortunately there isn’t a special potion for the ignorant, sorry.
9. Who doesn’t want an easier life?!
Technology has made so many parts of our lives much more easy, efficient and time saving.
Things such as communication, payments, consumerism, information intake, knowledge and so much more has been made a breeze. We will go into innovations around us in day 11 but see here for 6 ways on how technology has made our lives easier: https://tinyurl.com/y3hlcxdm
10. The world is changing, whether you like it or not.
The reality is, everything is becoming much more digital; even if you’re not a fan of it. But you can’t deny technology’s abilities and we desperately need change to continue to survive; how far we have come in such a short space of time is already rather impressive…
From using a typewriter or hand writing letter to sending an email with the click of a button. Although, got to give it to the typewriter that it’s still pleasing to watch.
11. The modern day ‘swiss army knife’
In the 70’s, you probably wouldn’t leave your house without these 3 things: Your house key, some pocket change, and a casette player. Now, most of us don’t leave without our mobile phones.
Mobile phones have become the swiss army knife; you can pretty much do anything on it from payments, to communication, to consumerism to even controlling the lights in your homes.
A mobile phone is the necessity item that people carry around even over cash.
So, from a business owner or marketing point of view, its VITAL to analyse behaviours; this is how you place your business in the competition.
12. CHANGE is inevitable, so you may as well embrace it to overcome it
Lastly, from a personal point of view, many people struggle with change in life, which is a completely normal process, but it doesn’t always have to be confusing and intense. Change is always going to happen, as this means moving forwards and progressing. If we all embrace it and become more open minded it benefits in the long run, making the change transition much easier to flow without any resistance. Why give yourself more unnecessary weight?
We hope you enjoyed reading our 12 REASONS why we desperately need change … Keep an eye out for tomorrow’s post…
At HanaTech we specialise in Digital Process Improvement in the West Midlands and beyond. We support local business within UK Manufacturing to become more successful at competing and surviving in a Digital World, transforming Traditional Factories towards Factories of the Future, One Quick Win at a Time…
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