By Steve Cerocke
Writing about technology is usually pretty easy since it changes so quickly and has such an impact on our daily lives. With a new year ahead I thought I would take a look at the hottest trends in technology.
For business, the continuing growth of cloud services is a trend that is impacting the way businesses, clients and employees use technology. There are several trending opportunities that cloud services bring to business and these should merit investigation as part of your planning.
- Improved mobility and remote worker options: With the centralized nature of the cloud, it is much easier to build solutions that give users the ability work from home, from a field job site or from around the world. Employees can live anywhere and setting up remote offices as part of your expansion plans is simplified.
- Changes to computing devices: The day of the PC desktop (and the office desk) is nearing an end as users are able to do more with cloud-connected apps that run on mobile devices and smaller, high resolution screens found in tablets and laptops.
- Client communication: Email changed the way business communicated but the next shift in technology will change it even more. How you work with clients is being revolutionized by cloud-based apps for real-time communication in social media, Internet voice and interactive cloud platforms. Often referred to as Social 3.0, it is people interacting at a new level, and the major tech players are all working on platforms and tools to make this a reality.
For the home, the shift away from expensive cable and satellite service is accelerating helped by alternative content providers like Amazon and Netflix as well as direct Internet feeds from sports leagues and other content producers. This shift is also driving new technology trends into the home.
- Faster Internet and Wi-Fi connections: With more Internet-connected devices in the home and the higher speeds required by streaming services, the trend is towards faster Internet connections and new Wi-Fi routers with multiple bands, higher speeds and wider coverage.
- New devices: Tablets, smart TVs and a host of Internet-connected gadgets are enabling new entertainment opportunities as well as new ways for users to communicate to remote players and social sites.
For our community, the trend in diversification of local business will gain steam in 2016. Look for more announcements focused around businesses that are heavily technology-oriented.
- Advanced manufacturing: The move to robotics, automation and computer control will change the requirements for workers across the board.
- Data centers: While data centers in themselves don’t necessarily employ armies of people, the companies that utilize them do. Many of these jobs already exist and most of them won’t be located here, but as the presence of big-name companies grows, they will be looking to hire local resources.
- Ancillary business: As the economy strengthens and new types of businesses enter the market, the trend for local businesses should be to step up to meet the new demands and sophistication that these companies will bring.
Happy New Year, and may we all have a great 2016!
Steve Cerocke, founder and president of IQ Systems Inc., can be reached at 775-352-2301, ext. 1001, or firstname.lastname@example.org.