Is 5G the Future of Business Software?
Is 5G the future for all business software, the standard speed by which everything will need to run? Perhaps. Here’s where it stands now.
Late last year, prominent mobile carriers Verizon and AT&T both launched preliminary 5G services. The average user probably didn’t notice much difference, but tech experts are keeping watch on the expansion of 5G services. It will make some devices respond faster, but for the most part, 5G applications are unlikely to appear before 2022.
So, what’s the buzz about? Well, 5G is more than the chance to upload family photos faster. The advent of 5G offers significant changes and upgrades to the world of business software.
The Average Person’s Guide to 5G
Let’s break down what 5G is all about.
What does the G stand for? It means generation.
What does 5 stand for? The number of generations.
Thus, 5G is the fifth generation of cellular wireless.
Each generation has its unique characteristics. For example, 1G was analog, while 2G brought first-generation digital cellular technology. Next, 3G gave us speeds of a few megabits per second, and 4G included LTE, which helped scale up to speeds as high as gigabit-level.
What will 5G bring to us? We anticipate greater speed, which empowers the movement of more data; lower latency for better responsiveness; and the ability to connect to more devices at once. This last capability is especially notable for sensors and smart devices.
What 5G Means for Your Business Software
Businesses require several things from their technology to remain successful and competitive: reliability, accuracy, and speed. With 5G, they get all three and more.
Manufacturers who already use the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud business software know that both of these help their business run well with minimal cash outlay. IoT devices provide real-time feedback, including shipping and storage conditions, repair and preventative maintenance alerts, and supply chain data. All this data is then stored in the cloud with some added to ERP and other cloud databases for easier access.
5G will mean faster, better data transfer. Higher capacity and performance, better wireless services, and more will become more readily available. As 5G networks grow, machine learning can be deployed across more software, which means that more and more small businesses can take advantage of its potential for increased productivity. High reliability and low latency mean equipment-to-equipment communication can occur even faster via wireless connections, enabling better response time to critical operations.
Preparing for 5G
Preparations for 5G networks are underway in cities and municipalities across the country, and most of the onus is on these entities to get the right infrastructure in place to handle 5G. There are, however, steps you can take now to prepare your business for 5G technology.
For example, AT&T, one of the first to publicize its 5G network, offers four areas to assess for your business’ readiness in preparing your infrastructure.
Take time now to assess these areas and upgrade any, if necessary, so that you will be ready for 5G.
5G represents the new frontier in the evolution of data transfer. We’ve made great strides in many areas of technology over the years with innovations occurring at a faster pace than ever before. To prepare for 5G and to refresh your current business software, it’s essential to know what’s currently on the market and to adapt or upgrade your system so it’s compatible with 5G when it arrives.
For more information or assistance choosing the right business software for your needs, contact us. Mindover Software provides ERP and other systems for manufacturing, warehouse management, and more. Please contact us today for more information or call 512-990-3994.