Remote teams are gradually becoming an integral part of the startup and small business ecosystems, owing primarily to the incredible cost-efficiency they introduce to the otherwise capital-intensive, office-based companies. Skeptics of this approach also continue to be proved wrong in their doubts about the standard and quality of services that remote teams are able to offer. This is mainly because remote teams nowadays are professionally organized bodies of trained and vetted talent that are recruited without geographic barriers in play. This allows for a wide pool of capable individuals with a variety of skills to be inducted into a team to provide services to business clients.
Working with AI
The growing ubiquity of remote teams is creating opportunities for it to become part of the applications that are powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI is a computer simulation of human knowledge and intelligence that is made possible by the recognition and learning of behavior and work patterns. Such developments are generating new training, service providing, product development, teaching, and other opportunities for the labor force instead of “replacing humans with machines”. AI’s overlap with remote teams allows both the client businesses and the teams themselves to collaborate in a streamlined, efficient manner.
AI tools allow managers and clients to remotely monitor the workflow and progress of teams in real-time. The contributions of each individual team member, how long they had worked for, and their overall productivity can now be easily quantified and shown through an AI-based dashboard or work interface. This in turn allows each member of the remote team to be paid fairly i.e. they are compensated in proportion to their contributions.
Meetings and conferences are scheduled with ease via integrated cloud calendars and productivity apps so that any team meetings are automatically scheduled during a time slot when everyone is available.
Within the field of artificial intelligence itself, remote teams constituting AI experts can help businesses harness AI solutions in operations like, for example, marketing, A skilled marketing expert will put AI to use by not only increasing the exposure of your product/services to potentially interested customers but also automatically learn about consumer preferences and demands so that the business can focus on developing more customer-friendly output. As such, remote teams, coupled with AI frees up the managers’ and founders’ to-do lists so that they can shift their entire focus on the business’ core competencies instead of worrying about the patent, admin operations.
In the tech industry, Gaper, a remote team of vetted software engineers introduces cost-friendly ease for businesses looking to hire software development services. Once a client business shares their project details, Gaper’s system automatically allocates it to the relevant individuals who possess the programming skills required. This service is considerably more affordable and time-efficient for tech companies (or companies requiring these services) since paying an office-based software engineer would cost nearly twice as much given the increasing office rent and salaries in cities like NYC and San Francisco.
Critics of remote work will soon find that embracing this change is the only way to keep up with competitive business environments where the market forces in play do not wait for everyone to catch up in time with the first movers.