Businesses today, regardless of which industry they are in, cannot plan or project the future unless they fully understand key technology trends. Technologies change existing business models, shift current industry landscape and redefine future of economy. Technology is the fastest evolving aspect of modern life. Thus, as soon as you have acquired the latest technology, a new one is developed. It can feel like you’re constantly playing catch up.
Researching and understanding the latest technology trends will help you plan and prepare for the future. Having the insight to predict which way technology is moving will enable you to adapt effortlessly to changing technological environments.
At Samsung Printing Solutions, we have that insight. And we’ve used it to compile a list of the top five technology trends for 2015, to help you expect the unexpected.
1. Tablet technology
Tablets have recently seen a massive surge in popularity in the workplace. They are highly portable, free up valuable office space, have supreme functionality and come complete with an endless list of applications to energize your processes. Tablets are also highly popular amongst consumers, so there is pressure to accommodate your latest offerings on platforms that are tablet-friendly.However, with the added security concerns that come with mobile technology, organizations need to apply comprehensive security schedules when preparing to implement tablet technology programs.
2. Resource management
A huge concern for many organizations is energy consumption, with more and more implementing energy saving plans. Efficient use of resources can help you save costs through energy reduction, reduced maintenance and lowered downtime. Taking a more considered approach to resource management also helps to improve your reputation for environmental responsibility. This move towards more efficient resource management has led to the conception of an entirely new business discipline, Energy Management, and throughout 2015 we are likely to see the emergence of more companies specializing in energy management.
Both the marketplace and the workplace are rapidly adopting mobile technologies. Wearable devices, including phones and tablets, mean people can work and shop from anywhere so there is added pressure to make these platforms accessible from anywhere. Again, security is a concern. Employees require access to secure information but organizations are apprehensive about providing this on a public cloud platform. But with the emergence of private cloud, employees can safely and securely access organizational information from outside the office, while organizations themselves don’t have to worry about any threat to the information’s security.
4. Life in the cloud
There is an ever-growing shift towards private and hybrid cloud as more organizations look to reap the benefits of mobile technology. Private cloud lets organizations host information in a secure location, allowing their employees to access it outside of work and helping to improve productivity and flexibility. Another focus for cloud will be to synchronize content across a range of devices to facilitate simultaneous use of multiple devices.
5. The internet of things
The “internet of things” (IoT) is experiencing a huge surge in popularity and will only continue. IoT is the interaction and communication between smart devices through embedded technology and online connection. The number of connected “things” is expected to rise to 4.9 billion in 2015, and then up to 25 billion by 2020, according to Gartner’s October release of the Top 10 Strategic Technology for 2015 report. Integrating your workforce’s device fleet in this way will facilitate a high degree of automation, making your processes much more efficient.
Some technologies come and go, and some technologies stay to evolve and breed new kinds. For 2015, we’ve caught many technologies that have evolved from the past and will continue to grow. While a complete digital ecosystem won’t be seen anytime soon, the foundation seems to be here now. With more rapid expansion, these technologies will create new way of individual lifestyle, as well as new digital business ecosystems.