Forbes’s magazine recently published a list of the Top 10 IT Trends for 2015 (Read it here). As a business leader, you will want to keep on top of these and ensure you are ready for what lies ahead. For those of us old enough to remember life before computers, this list is like a science-fiction movie of our childhood. Take a look at what is coming:
- Computing Everywhere
Smartphones will become as integrated into business as they are in our personal lives. Consequently the smarter business operator will ensure they provide an outstanding user experience for their applications.
- Internet of Things (IoT)
The IoT will grow exponentially. What is the IoT?, well it is where objects (or things) are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and connectivity which exchanges data with the manufacturers, operators or other devices. Examples are in environmental monitoring (climate conditions) and remote health monitoring (pacemakers, hearing aids, etc.).
- 3D Printing
This is becoming cheaper and more accessible by the day, which will mean it integrates into business more and more and will explode into business processes.
- Advanced, Pervasive, Invisible Analytics
All the data that is being collected is being held in ever growing pools of data. As every app collects data, this information will be available to interrogate and explore.
- Context-Rich Systems
Expect that the systems we use will become more alert and responsive to their surroundings. For example, security measures.
- Smart Machines
The machines we use will increasingly learn from the data they collect and act accordingly. Forbes’s predicts this to be the most disruptive innovation of the new IT era.
- Cloud/Client Architecture
More and more applications will be centrally located, enabling simultaneous use of apps on multiple devices.
- Software-Defined Infrastructure and Applications
On the very near horizon software will dictate what IT infrastructure looks like. It will change the entire business model for infrastructure development.
- Web-Scale IT
The only limits for companies like amazon, Google and Facebook are that of the digital environment. They are not impeded by geographic, cultural or language boundaries. Companies that thrive will think Web-Scale.
10. Risk-Based Security and Self-Protection
The new way of functioning will move away from perimeter style IT defenses, and instead find security measures embedded throughout the entire business process.
How many of these were you already aware of? How many have you planned to integrate into your business? Your future success may well depend on being ready.
The Avondale Business School can advise your organisation on being effective in these areas – find out how by contacting Warrick Long at the Avondale Business School.
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