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:
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.
In increasingly competitive markets, 2017 will be the year in which mainstream businesses start to take a strategic look at how they can harness big data to provide valuable insights and generate new revenue streams.
With the impending introduction of new European legislation, data privacy challenges and uncertainty over data ownership, we also expect to see the rise of the Chief Data Officer (CDO) as a key player within larger organisations.
What we will see, however, is the introduction of narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT). Defined as a Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technology, that’s 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, resulting in an improved battery life of up to 10 years.
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, and 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.
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 and is becoming a key decision factor for new employees when considering a place of work. It’s now down to business owners to make sure they have the right technology in place to support the changing needs of their employees.