There are many measures used in determining the most technologically advanced cities, with some focusing on technologies that assist business, others on technologies associated with government, and still more that focus on how accessible technology is to the region’s population. Information and communication technologies are important factors in these measures, both of which are essential to the success of many businesses, especially those – small and large – that operate in today’s global business landscape.
Learning from Seattle
This northwestern city ranks number one on many lists of the nation’s most technologically advanced cities because retail giant Amazon and Microsoft are based here. These two companies, naturally, are hugely tech reliant and Seattle has been referred to as “the next Silicon Valley” by Canada’s Connected Rogers Magazine. That’s not just because of Amazon and Microsoft, but also because of the number of new tech industries choosing Seattle.
These new industries can face quite a struggle when it comes to competing for tech talent in the face of stiff competition for the best and brightest. And, naturally, there is a tech sort of solution for the situation -applicant tracking systems complemented by solid recruitment tracking software. Using such efficient and affordable solutions can help recruitment efforts significantly by aiding in the location of specially skilled, promising individuals and tracking efforts and progress at luring them into the business fold. One thing to learn from such technologically advanced cities as Seattle is that, when used correctly, technology can be the great equalizer.
Other Tech Promising Regions
As noted by the World Economic Forum, technologically advanced cities are found throughout the world. Technology is what allows just about any business, small or large, to become a global player. Technological advancement has pushed nations like India and China onto the world stage, increasing their economic power. Indeed, on some measures, the Nordic nations rank higher than the United States in terms of technological advancement.
Regions like the Bay area in California – San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley – and east coast areas like Boston and Raleigh, North Carolina, known in conjunction with Durham and Chapel Hill as the “original technology triangle,” still rank high for technological advancement, but United States domination in the category of top technologically advanced cities isn’t a given anymore. We can soon expect to be outpaced by nations that, according to the standard measures, are not as wealthy as the US.
The computer systems and software of today can reduce the cost of doing business while increasing efficiency, both of which are important factors in competition and success, whether locally, regionally, nationally or globally. If a business can’t afford to run a fully staffed human resources department, they don’t have to in order to remain competitive. They can use targeted technologies, such as recruitment tracking software and an applicant tracking system, and a handful of dedicated human resource professionals.
The Take Away
Looking behind the scenes in the most technologically advanced cities, not just in America, but also throughout the world, can be inspiring. Businesses that fall outside of the global giant category see clearly that technology can allow them to compete for talent and success in ways that were nearly impossible in the past. Technology allows us all access to the business playing field and can significantly increase our potential for success.