In days gone by, only the top IT companies knew how to use the latest gadgets and tech innovations to their advantage. But times have changed. Whatever industry you’re in, all businesses need to keep up with the tech revolution if they want to come out on top. And what better time to rethink your strategies than the new year.
For modern businesses, a new year means new possibilities, fresh opportunities to change things up and a chance to learn from mistakes made in years gone by. While 2016 was the year of virtual reality, the Internet of Everything and 3D printing, 2017 is set to see new players taking centre stage.
According to Gartner, digitalisation and tech innovations have totally changed the world of business. The research firm forecasts that global brands will spend roughly $3.5 trillion on IT in 2017. Here are a few IT trends we think you should be keeping your eye on this year:
Smart everything: Yip, everything is getting smarter. From green buildings and virtual reality sporting events to machine learning and multipurpose drones – this year, everything and anything will be fitted with a sensor. And these sensors will provide people, businesses and governments with the insights they need to make smarter decisions.
Automation: As part of this, more and more processes will be automated. Remember having to physically go into a bank to cash a cheque or sort out a problem? Or how about having to visit the post office to send a message to someone? Old school ways of doing business were not only time consuming and costly but they were also pretty inefficient. By embracing automation, a business can complete tasks quicker, with fewer resources and less hassle.
Digital meets reality: The global obsession that was Pokémon Go is the perfect example of how the boundaries between the digital world and reality are set to blur. The popular game saw Pokémon characters being augmented into real-word locations; bringing the physical and digital together. As far as IT trends go, this one provides creative businesses with so many opportunities to develop innovative ways to merge virtual and physical spaces and activities.
Cognitive computing and AI: So we know that everything is getting smarter, but in 2017, we’ll see a rise in technology that can learn and think, much like we do. And with machines that can understand and predict things, businesses will be able to use all of the data they generate on a daily basis to streamline processes and make strategic decisions.
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