From 3D printing to wearable technology, 2014 was a busy year for innovation. So which products will make waves in 2015? Check out our top technology predictions for businesses and decide whether you’re ready to be an early adopter.
Cloud coverage increases
By now, all businesses should be familiar with the cloud. It’s a simple and affordable way for consumers and businesses to handle their everyday storage needs and online applications. But that’s not all – the cloud is set to become even bigger in 2015.
The cloud is a driving force behind many of the technology trends that will be topping the polls in 2015. It allows users to sync devices, enjoy their favourite applications and share information – incredibly important for today’s average business. No business can afford to ignore the impact the cloud will have on its operations, as well as its growing importance for consumers.
Mobility demands on the up
Mobile devices have become increasingly pervasive over the last few years, and 2015 will be no different. With more powerful smartphones and wearable technology such as the Apple Watch hitting the market, this year will see even more businesses go mobile.
From bring your own device (BYOD) to work initiatives to optimising websites and marketing content for multiple platforms, there are lots of ways to leverage growing mobility. However, businesses will need to master a wide range of skills to adapt to these changes. Because of this, investment in training and innovation will be essential for forward-thinking companies.
3D printing will become more affordable
As the price of 3D printing drops, businesses will be forced to look at how this could impact their revenue stream. According to Gartner’s top 10 strategic trends for 2015, worldwide shipments of 3D printers are expected to grow 98 per cent this year, and double again in 2016.
3D printing could have major benefits for businesses, which will be able to leverage the technology to provide low-cost solutions for customers. However, if 3D printers become a household staple, businesses may find that customers instead choose to print products themselves.
The Internet of Things (IoT) expands
As new devices appear, the more important it becomes to find a way to keep them all connected. As such, the IoT will grow in 2015 as thousands of third-party solutions are developed. A lot of spending is likely to be focused on rolling out intelligent embedded devices into automotive, health and energy verticals.
For businesses, security will be a major issue when it comes to IoT adoption. From encryption in the cloud to biometric security on mobile devices, there will be plenty of focus on securing the cloud and making the IoT viable even for businesses with sensitive data.
Leap into 2015 by getting to grips with the pioneering technology that will shape it.
2015 by Evelyn Elsted