Just when you think you’ve seen every remarkable gadget imaginable, technology shows once again that it evolves at hyper speed – not just in the way products are created, but in the way they are integrated into our lives.
For 2015, Gartner, one of the world’s leading information technology and advisory companies, has pinpointed several tech trends that could change the way we do business. “The trends cover three themes,” says Gartner’s David Cearley: “The merging of the real and virtual worlds, the advent of intelligence everywhere, and the technology impact of the digital business shift.”
Merging Real and Virtual Worlds
Sophisticated devices like smartphones and app-rich tablets have accustomed people to getting their info on the go; Gartner’s prediction is a new emphasis on serving users in even more diverse environments.
Systems that are alert to their surroundings and respond appropriately sound like sci-fi now, but such “context-rich systems” are on the horizon as intelligence merges with analytics. And consider the rise of the “smart machine,” including robots, virtual personal assistants and self-driving automobiles that are designed to make lives easier.
The Digital Business Shift
As more people turn to cloud computing, information security comes to the forefront. Gartner predicts that “more-sophisticated risk assessment and mitigation tools” will take centre stage in business. At the same time, enterprise-based organizations will be able to function more like corporate giants, thanks to Web-Scale IT”, a name Gartner coined to describe, as they put it, “all of the things happening at large cloud services firms such as Google, Amazon, Rackspace, Netflix, Facebook, etc., that enables them to achieve extreme levels of service delivery as compared to many of their enterprise counterparts.” In other words, look for technology that lets smaller businesses compete better against the big boys.
Your business growth in the coming years is going to rely on your company’s ability to adapt to upcoming technological changes. Getting ahead of the curve is your best strategy for continued business growth now and in the future.
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