Problem Solving: How Technology Is Helping Businesses to Overcome Challenges

Businesses of all sizes must overcome challenges if they are to be a success. Problems with the cost, development or delivery of key products and services get in the way for almost every organisation from time to time.

Yet, this is where technological innovations work their magic. The best of these identify these challenges and set about finding a way to fix them. Technology that makes the lives of businesses easier is worth its weight in gold and is coming along all the time—it’s one of the real joys of the digital age in which we live.

Here are three great examples of that in action…

Problem: Security in the online age

Solution: Biometrics

How do big businesses stay safe online? In the old world, alarms, cameras, security guards and other measures could be purchased to protect physical assets. Yet the very real threat of hackers means that it is necessary to find digital equivalents that can protect the data and digital assets of a business. Passwords have proven particularly prone to insecurity and inefficient when it comes to safety but that’s where biometrics have stepped in.

By creating fingerprint access, for example, businesses can ensure that the right people get into their accounts, with the added bonus of eliminating the tiresome process of password retrieval for those who forget their details. This not only allows carefully controlled access to sensitive material but allows companies to offer products and services with a greater level of protection. This article shows how four big businesses are adopting biometrics in different ways.

Problem: Distribution of parts and products

Solution: 3D Printing

The need for specialized tools, parts or products can often keep a business waiting.
When one item breaks – or when a new one is needed – you need to place an order for a replacement and put a task on hold until it arrives. Even if the item is in stock and can be swiftly shipped, that still means a delay, and any delay can prove costly.

That’s where developments with 3D printers are starting to bear fruit. The best models on the market already offer many functions to help businesses, and we’re not far away from a situation in which any tools or accessories needed can simply be ‘downloaded’ and ‘printed’—with replacements ready in little or no time and no need for a long, tedious distribution process to slow things down.

Problem: Printing orders for large businesses

Solution: Nanography offers a ‘best of both worlds’ third way

There’s been a long-running debate when it comes to the world of printing and it’s one that largely rests on the respective merits of two types of technology. Digital printing vs offset printing pits scale, speed, cost, flexibility and quality against one another and forces businesses to make a decision on the best fit for their needs.

The Nanography technology being devised by Landa could ensure that there’s no longer a need to settle for a ‘best fit’. Using tiny Nanoink droplets, it promises the strengths of offset and digital in one solution. The technology was showcased at the industry show drupa 2016 and impressed businesses enough to earn $560 million worth of orders. In 2017, all eyes will be on the first printers to be shipped and used.

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