Every year, there are trends that insiders in the tech industry as well as gadget enthusiasts look forward to. Let’s take 2014 as an example. During that year, the hottest IT trend was the improvement of the capabilities of Smart TV. ‘Smarter’ smart watches, Google Glass, Apple’s TouchID feature, 3D printing, the combination of entertainment with video gaming in gaming consoles, and a more intuitive language search for Google became the top technology trends. With the coming years, what else should we expect when it comes to the business trends for IT and technology? Read on to find out.
2015’s Top Tech Trends to Watch Out for
The year 2015 is already more than halfway over, but there are still plenty of tech trends to look forward to in the coming months, moving all the way to the next two years. At the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo which was held in Orlando, Florida last October 2014, the company announced the top strategic technology trends that will emerge for 2015. Gartner, Inc. is a leading information technology research and advisory company. Their goal is to give business owners that technology-related insight so that decisions can be easily made on a daily basis. The company was founded in 1979 and since then, their operations have expanded to more than 85 countries around the globe.
If you’re a business owner, it definitely pays to update yourself about these top tech trends so that you can apply them, if necessary, to your own operations. Even if you’re not a tech-focused organization, you still need the latest updates that the IT industry has to offer to make your operations more high-tech, streamlined, and so that you can reach out to your tech-savvy target market.
For 2015, the top strategic technology trends that Gartner declared would be hot for business are as follows:
- Advanced Analytics
According to Gartner, every app now should be focused on analytics. This is because of the vast volume of data generated by embedded systems, along with the huge amount of data within and outside an enterprise. Although gathering of data is still important, more value will be given to how the data is interpreted.
- Applications/Infrastructure which are Software-Defined
The company also predicts that agile programming will be essential to make businesses more flexible. If you’re an entrepreneur who is still using static computing, you should start making the shift towards dynamic computing.
- Cloud Computing
With the recent changes in Google’s algorithm, cloud and client computing will remain the focus of the IT industry for the remaining months of 2015. Future focus lies on synchronized content, application state across different computing devices, and portability.
- Context-Rich Systems
As technology further improves, security systems which are context-aware will emerge, along with similar features.
- Everywhere Computing
Google has already upped the game when it comes to mobile computing through what others are calling Mobilegeddon, or more mobile-friendly sites. If you are a website owner and you have not yet updated it to fit the mobile format, now’s the time to make some changes.
- Risk-Based Security & Self-Protection
Instead of providing an impossible-to-reach 100% secured environment, the focus will be on the development of more sophisticated tools for assessing risks and mitigation. From firewalls, apps should be developed in such a way that they are self-protecting and self-aware.
- Smart Machines
Gartner considers the smart machines era to be the most disruptive in the history of IT, which is something that every tech-obsessed geek will definitely look forward to in the coming years.
- The Internet of Things
This is all about combining data streams and services through digitization. The four basic usage models are: to manage, to monetize, to operate and to extend.
What to Expect in the Coming Years?
By 2016, expect 3D printers to double in shipment. According to Gartner, it will reach a tipping point within the next three years so relatively low-cost 3D printing options can be made available.
By 2017, half of the product investments of consumers will be more focused on innovations when it comes to offering customer service. Another upcoming trend is that a business conceived using a computer algorithm will continue to be launched, similar to Uber and Airbnb.
Which of these upcoming business trends for the IT industry are you most excited about?