Being a manager in the digital age: devices


Of course you are able to project manage using pen and paper and a pocket calculator. It will just take forever and slow you way down. To be truthful: you do need to become digital in some way.

One thing you have to remember about digital devices and programs: they are being developed and upgraded the whole time. You need to keep upgrading if you want to be able to keep in touch effectively.  Start low and slow if you must, but always put money aside for regular updates and upgrades.

The kind of device you choose will depend totally on your own tastes and needs. If you need lots of space, use a desktop computer or a laptop. If you need to have an ultra-portable device that you could take to meetings, use a tablet or a smartphone. There are lots of different devices (and many more to come), and these are just a selection of some of them that you could consider:


The desktop computer

carl-heyerdahl-181868-unsplashThis is usually a computer screen, a tower, a keyboard and a mouse, or a all-in-one computer. It is kept in an office or in your home office and, although you can cart it around, it is really actually meant to be in one place.

These devices usually have lots of storage space and is ideal to be used as your main device or main back-up space. They run off electricity.


The laptop

glenn-carstens-peters-203007-unsplashIf you want to be able to carry your information around easily, you would possibly choose a laptop. These come in different shapes and sizes, and could have quite a big storage space and can also easily be used as your main device.

It consists of a screen with a keyboard attached, and usually a touch pad, although some users might prefer using a mouse that can be plugged into the side.

Laptops usually have built-in webcams and speakers. Laptops can run off electricity or a battery which can be charged.


The tablet

daniel-canibano-540363-unsplashTablets come in different brands, sizes and with different features.  Some are limited in terms of storage space, but with others you can increase the storage in various ways, such as SD cards or using cloud storage.

Tablets are great in terms of portability and Internet connectivity (if they have a built-in mobile data or WiFi  capability) at any time, any place. Some tablets can be attached to a small keypad which often prolongs battery life and some come with a pen-like device called a stylus. Otherwise they work by means of a touch screen and a digital keyboard.


The smartphone

rawpixel-557123-unsplashSmartphones are developing at tremendous speed and each new version has new apps, greater speed and more storage.

These are phones with Internet connectivity and mobile apps making it possible to work with documents and spreadsheets as well as viewing videos and images.

They can be used for social media or if they have the apps, they can be used as a mobile eReader. They run off a rechargeable battery.

The smartwatch

luke-chesser-22238-unsplashSmartwatches are wearable computers similar to a simplified version of a smart phone, worn on the wrist like a wristwatch.


The external hard drive

andrew-neel-237802-unsplashExternal hard drives, like memory sticks/flash drives, are not independent devices, but are ways to store and back-up your information. If you need to be able to take large amounts of information on the road with you, it might be a good idea to use an external hard drive or memory stick, where you could load your bigger files, such as video presentations. It is also ideal to use as a back-up devices.


Cloud storage

Picture15This isn’t a device, but can be used instead of external or internal hard drives. These are storage sites such as Google Drive used to store data, images, audio or video and a great way to make sure that you can always access your documents, as you can use this from any and all devices and it synchs if you prefer to do it that way.

About the author

Lalien CilliersLalien Cilliers. Project Manager. Content Development Manager. eLearning Developer & ICT Trainer [MIITP]. Website creator and social media pager. Helping others learn tough stuff the easy way. Eternally curious. Author of: 9 things you should know … if you ever want to become a manager: The New Manager series and A Guy’s Guide: New Home: How to Find and Furnish Your Own Place