Hot Tech 2016
Added Tuesday 29 December 2015
Top 10 Tech Predictions for 2016
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- Proactive Security
Organisations will need to take a holistic approach to developing their security strategy - being proactive in exposing vulnerabilities and finding the path to remediation before they can be exploited. Watch this video to find out more
- Block Chains and Bitcoins
This digital currency aims to do away with all the problems we currently have in paying for online transactions, so if you’ve yet to be introduced into the world of Bitcoins and Block Chains, then 2016 may well be the year that you decide to take the leap.
- Hybrid Applications
A cross between native and web apps, hybrid apps are proving increasingly popular because they allow for cross-platform development – significantly reducing the cost as the same html code components can be reused on different mobile operating systems.
- Cognitive Computing
2015 has been a landmark year for the discussion around artificial intelligence and its potential impact on business and IDC predicts that by 2020, 50% of all business analytics software will include prescriptive analytics built on cognitive computing functionality and that Cognitive Services will be embedded in new apps.
- Internet of Everything
If 2015 was the year that the IoT reached the public consciousness properly for the first time, then 2016 could well be set to be the year of enterprise IT. Away from the slightly gimmicky consumer applications such as smart homes and intelligent vehicles, connected technology has the potential to truly reinvent a wide number of industries, which can benefit from a huge range of advantages provided by IoT technology.
Gamification has been a growing trend over the last few years, with Gartner predicting that 40% of Global 1000 businesses would use gamification in their business operations by 2015. However, the research firm reports that 80% of gamified applications have so far failed to meet business objectives. Will 2016 be the year that sees gamification delivering real business value?
- Augmented Reality
2016 will bring new applications for wearable devices that are likely to revive demand for the technology. However, it is the business marketplace that will see most of the innovation and growth - particularly around augmented reality smart glasses, where the technology will be used to streamline processes and add value to operations.
Pilots of the as yet undefined fifth generation of mobile network technology are set to begin in 2016 - enabling more devices to interact with each other. We have already seen the birth of the Internet of Things based on 4G networks, but at some point they won't be enough and the introduction of 5G is only a matter of time.
- Software–defined workplaces
Could 2016 be the year in which we no long ‘go to work’? Next-generation software-defined applications and infrastructure are transforming mobility and truly enabling anytime / anywhere secure access to the business. Watch this space!