07/16/2014 01:16 pm ET Updated Sep 15, 2014

Where New Technology Leaves Us

Think about all of the minor inconveniences or regular annoyances you encounter on a daily basis, and then ask yourself if you'd trade them for a technology solution. Although it might sound appealing at first, you have to factor in that with most technology, you generally will have to monitor, maintain, fidget with, or check in on it from time to time. If the system runs into a problem when you're not available to address it (or, worse, if you don't know how to fix it), then you may have taken on more than you bargained for.

For these reasons, many people hesitate before downloading software or purchasing new equipment. In today's world, you are free to operate however you wish inside of your personal life, keeping your routines, preferences, and approaches to minor inconvenience, as you have always known them, even if they may be less efficient or outdated. But when it comes to setting up a process in the workplace that requires several people to contribute and collaborate, you will need to invest in something reliable to keep the machine working and the communication flowing.

This is why companies incorporate resources and tools that offer project management solutions, customer management platforms, digital asset management software, and more. With so many employees working remotely, out of different offices, or at off-peak hours, it's become essential for everyone to have access to the files and information they require at all times. Once you have solutions like these in place, ideally nothing can fall through the cracks.

But implementing and reaping the benefits of such a solution requires more than sign-off from executives. Staffers must get comfortable with the programs and buy into the process for projects to get updated and completed over time -- an organization's successful adoption of its software is key to getting even the most basic benefits from a tech solution. With the right technology in place, the human factor becomes the focus. Technology can solve, and has solved, a lot of problems, but it's only as good as what we make of it.

As we look ahead at a world with computers literally affixed to people's eyes, let's make sure not to forget the importance of the people behind the screens. After all, their interaction, input, and ultimately, adoption of new tech, goes a long way toward helping companies operate at full speed and maximum efficiency. When humans make efforts at the input, we all get the best output.