The Slowest Industries to Adopt Advanced Technologies
Jenna EricksonFebruary 16th, 20176 minute read
Jenna is the Marketing Manager at Codal, blogger, and technology + startup enthusiast. With a responsibility of Codal's marketing programs and brand management, she is always strategizing new ways to reach clients through content and inbound marketing tactics. In her free time, Jenna enjoys traveling, cooking and reading.
It can be extremely easy to get completely stuck in your existing workflow, not thinking about how technology can improve your process of work.
Some industries are way further behind than others. For example, the medical field has come a long way in terms of tech over the years. There are now robots conducting surgeries, and there are apps that you can chat with a doctor, and schedule an appointment. Although it might be a little scary, having a robot own your surgery, you have to admit, it is pretty cool!
Implementing new technologies can improve infrastructures overall, increase productivity, utilizing data and expand profitability. Below are a few industries that are way behind on technology...
The construction industry is known to be way behind the curve of technology. According to Software Advice, 52% of those surveyed stated that they were still using paper and pen to conduct estimates and manage their bids.
While a company can work with a software development agency to create simple construction management tool to help with this problem, there still probably won't be robots building houses any time soon. However, some of Codal's predictions for upcoming tech in the construction industry are below:
Drones can venture their way into places that large vehicles and humans may not be able to reach to get construction work done. On the other hand, drones can be used to obtain high-res progress photos from above, and can monitor situations from above that could be dangerour for workers to go.
Drones could also be useful for monitoring or taking a look at situations that may be dangerous for workers to go, like if there is a gas leak or unstable foundation
There are many opportunities in which wearable technology can be used in the construction industry. Construction workers and managers can use wearable tech: to communicate with workers that they are not near, take photos on site, and monitor daily health and well-being while on the job.
Have you been on a government website recently? Well, majority of them are extremely outdated. Since Codal is a UX design agency in Chicago, we'll use Illinois and Chicago's gov't websites as an example:
Both of these websites have an outdated design, and they are not even responsive, meaning the design will disarrange on a mobile or tablet device. In 2017, it is near necessary to have a mobile-friendly website (from a web development agency perspective!)
If you have been to the DMV, or voted lately, you will know how these processes work too. Although overall our country is pretty high-tech, we are still having millions of people casting our votes with a pen and paper, and filling out piles of paperwork at the DMV.
Most people, like myself, dread going to the DMV; this is because of the long lines, crabby employees and inefficient processes that are faced. A technology upgrade can seriously improve the customer experience, as well as increase efficiencies for the actual DMV.
Clearly, government companies are in some serious need of technology help!
Most of the time, dealing with insurance companies is never a pleasant experience. After multiple phone calls back and forth, you will finally speak with your agent, but it still can be days before you get an answer to something.
As a consumer, we spend thousands of dollars every year on insurance, yet still receive a negative experience. This sector of insurance is playing catch-up when it comes to technology, especially when comparing to other industries. We live in a world where consumers want and (sometimes) get everything "now." However, this is not the case when it comes to insurance, which can turn into much frustration.
For an example, if you get into a car accident, it is likely that you have to explain the exact situation, in great detail to multiple different people on their team. Relaying the information is timely, and can take hours. Technology can change this.
Embracing the digital era can really change the game for insurance companies, by driving more sales, boosting productivity and utilizing big data to be a deciding factor in many cases.