The fu­ture’s in the cards

Business Traveler (USA) - - TECHNOLOGY OF THINGS -

The prac­tice of ex­chang­ing busi­ness cards has barely changed since their in­tro­duc­tion in the 17th cen­tury. First pop­u­lar­ized by the up­per class to an­nounce their ar­rival at high-so­ci­ety events or prac­ti­cally any other so­cial oc­ca­sion, these con­ve­nient lit­tle‘call­ing cards’soon took on an eti­quette and style all their own.

Today, busi­ness cards in some ways rep­re­sent a sym­bolic so­cial con­tract in the busi­ness world. It’s com­mon for of­fice desks to be clut­tered with piles of cards, which present the oc­cu­pants with the long and te­dious task of man­u­ally in­putting the data, card by card, into a dig­i­tal data­base.

The lim­i­ta­tions of of­fice desk­tops and note­books add to the prob­lem, but times are chang­ing. The wide­spread use of mo­bile tech­nol­ogy, and changes in how in­di­vid­u­als man­age their work life, have prompted com­pa­nies to de­liver in­no­va­tive prod­ucts that en­sure busi­ness cards will con­tinue to be rel­e­vant and eas­ier to man­age in the days and years to come.

From an ad­vanced bar­code so­lu­tion that al­lows users to scan con­tact in­for­ma­tion into their de­vices, to apps that cre­ate and share vir­tual busi­ness cards, there are so­lu­tions for manag­ing your busi­ness cards on the go.

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