As 2014 rolls to an end, we all await 2015. As one of Toronto’s leading IT consulting firms, we are always interested to see what the future holds. Here is a list of the top 9 technology trends to expect in the upcoming year.
- Computing Everywhere
Many wonder, what is computing everywhere? Computing everywhere allows smart devices to be interconnected. This will allow users to manage content on a variety of systems. With growth in smart devices, you will see many technologies such as Google Glass and the Apple Watch. This wearable technology will allow computing everywhere and increase the user experience.
- The Internet of Things (IoT)
What is the Internet of Things (IoT)? The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to grow along with user-oriented computing, it will be the focus of digital business products and processes. Internet of Things (IoT) can be a person with a heart monitor implant, an automobile with built-in sensors to alert the driver when tire pressure is low or any other man-made object that can be assigned an IP address with the ability to transfer data over a network. The Internet of Things (IoT) has been a big part in the manufacturing and power, oil and gas industry however we will be seeing more of it with new technology.
- 3D Printing
You have seen the amazing things that can be done with 3D printing. With the New Year, 3D printing will be getting cheaper and the industry is expecting huge growth over the next three years. Many more industries are getting involved as 3D printing is helping many industries reduce cost such as industrial, biomedical, and consumer. Have you investigated how 3D printing can help your business?
- Business intelligence (BI)
With the growth of Internet of Things (IoT), Business Intelligence (BI) will continue to grow as companies will have large pools of data to handle. Business intelligence (BI) represents the tools, systems and software that play a key role in the strategic planning process of the corporation. With all this big data around, this will be a growing sector.
- Context-Rich Systems
This will be huge in the New Year. Context-Rich systems use embedded intelligence and pervasive analytics to drive the development of systems. This creates systems that are alert to their surroundings and able to respond appropriately. By understanding the context of a user request, applications can not only adjust their security response but also adjust how information is delivered to the user. With the use of Context-Rich systems, systems will become alert and responsive to their surroundings.
- Smart Machines
Smart machines are systems that learn to perform work traditionally conducted by humans in an effort to boost efficiency and productivity. Smart machines include robots, self-driving cars and other cognitive computing systems. Smart machines are able to make decisions and solve problems without human intervention.
- Cloud Services
A cloud service is any resource that is provided over the Internet like Microsoft 365, Google Docs and many others. The most common cloud service resources are Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Since mobile computing needs cloud computing, you will see a growth in sector as there is a need for more centrally coordinated applications that can be delivered to any device. With this growth, we are seeing apps that can use intelligence and storage effectively all while using lower bandwidth.
- Software-Defined Infrastructure and Applications
Software-Defined Infrastructure and Applications uses software-defined data center (SDDC) which is a data storage facility. It includes all elements of the infrastructure are virtualized and delivered as a service including networking, storage, CPU and security. Deployment, provisioning, configuration and operation of the entire infrastructure is implemented through software. Cloud service software is configurable thanks to rich APIs and allows companies to move away from static models to deal with the changing demands.
With all the recent security breaches, you can expect the New Year to bring a lot more security services, applications and services. There is no security solution that is 100% safe however thanks to advanced risk assessment and mitigation, you will see some major security changes come into play in the next few years. Security will move away from perimeter defense to multi-faceted approaches therefore offering multiple levels of security. There will also be a large launch of security aware applications that are designed to be dynamic.