Top Technology Trends for 2017

Top Technology Trends for 2017

As 2016 draws to a close, we take a look at the year ahead and the top technology trends we expect to see impacting the enterprise in 2017:

Augmented Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) enter the workplace.

2016 saw the unprecedented success of Pokémon Go, Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear. Since then, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) have established themselves as ‘must-have’ technologies in the market.

2017 is now expected to be the year in which VR and AR experience widespread adoption within the enterprise. According to a report from Tech Pro, 67% of businesses are considering using AR in the future. Additionally, 47% are considering VR for the future.

Business leaders are looking at how they can utilise these technologies to deliver an enhanced customer and business experience. This can be achieved through the like of 360° tours, interactive training initiatives, advanced communications, and cutting-edge prototyping.

With major companies like Marriot Hotels, Ford and Thomas Cook already leading the way in this field, it’s only a matter of time before others follow.

Big data for revenue streams.

The term Big Data has been around long enough for businesses to realise that it’s not just an insignificant buzzword. Nor is it a playing ground reserved for a few front-runners.

Big Data 2017 Trends

Everyone is however of how markets are becoming increasingly competitive. Therefore, 2017 will be the year in which mainstream businesses start to take a strategic look at how they can harness big data. Some predicted benefits are the provision of valuable insights and generation of new revenue streams.

IoT 2017 Trends

The launch of Narrowband-IoT.

Recently the telecoms news has been dominated by 5G. While we expect to see significant developments in 5G throughout 2017, it’s unlikely that it will be commercially available until 2020.

What we will see, however, is the introduction of narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT). Defined as a Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technology, that works virtually anywhere.

NB-IoT was developed to support the increasing demands of IoT devices and services. Its major benefit is its ability to deliver coverage in hard to reach places such as rural locations and deep in-building where wireless service is unreliable or expensive.

What’s more, improved coverage means devices within these locations can transmit at a lower power. Therefore resulting in an improved battery life of up to 10 years.

Spotlight on data security.

We expect to see business leaders taking a personal interest in IT security throughout 2017. This means discussing issues and threats at the highest level.

Throughout 2016 we have seen some of the worst online security breaches ever. While large organisations are putting up a good fight against cybercriminals, good is no longer good enough.

IT Security

Going forward, it’s an issue that must be driven from the top down. While IT security may not fall within the remit of CEOs, they are beginning to understand the importance it will have on their business goals.

When it comes to SMEs, there are a reported 4,000 ransomware attacks per day. This figure is up 300% on 2015. As the world becomes increasingly digitalised, businesses can no longer claim to be invulnerable to attacks. Additionally, while consumers will be somewhat sympathetic to a well-managed security breach, blatant incompetency will have a serious impact on company reputation.

Going forward resilience and recovery will become key business differentiators.

Flexible Working 2017 Trends

Flexible Working to reach ‘tipping point.’

Research commission by Citrix revealed that by the end of 2017 over 50% of businesses will have adopted a flexible and remote working policy for their employees.

Key technologies such as video conferencing, cloud computing and IP telephony have revolutionised the way in which we work, providing employees with the tools they need to stay connected, wherever they are.

Flexible working is becoming a fundamental part of the modern workplace. What’s more, it is now a key decision factor for new employees when considering a place of work. So, it’s down to business owners to make sure they have the right technology in place to support the changing needs of their employees.

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