The year of 2016 has begun with a sluggish economy and an extremely impaired market. In this scenario, companies have increasingly sought resources and technological advantages. Investing in Information Technology is becoming an option to generate productivity gains, operational efficiency and cost reductions. And the question that remains is: what to expect concerning technology trends in 2016?
In fact, the answer is quite comprehensive, but I will focus on trends that may directly influence organizations. After all, the late adoption of innovative technologies may compromise companies results and give strength to competitors.
Late last year, the IT Company Gartner released a list of several new features and IT predictions for 2016. Among 3D printers, self-learning machines and the use of algorithms to product development, I believe that a strong trend should be highlighted: the convergence platforms and technological means.
From now on, the focus will no longer be on the process, but on the mobile user, who will be surrounded by a wide range of devices that go well beyond traditional mobile devices we already know, such as smartphone.
It means that access to information and applications will take place across all types of devices, phones, watches, wearables, Smart TVs, sensors at home and even the car dashboard. It will not be necessary to contact user anymore, but being present in their in their moments as well as daily lives.
Thus, merging the virtual and real worlds becomes reality and creates a basis for a continuous user experience environment. Although the development of apps remain a strategic trend for companies, we must now think about the interaction among different devices.
Due to the rise of these devices connected to the Internet and the increased flow of information, there should be new strategies for data security and automated analysis. To cope with the increasing trend of advance of Internet of Things (IoT), tools like Big Data and Cloud Computing will become even more essential for companies.
For some years, Big Data has been changing the way you manage all company production and services. However, nowadays, we do not talk only about storing a large volume of data. The real difference is in the ability to exploit this information and find ways to turn them into business value.
For corporations, the question of maintaining the security of all data, through the dissemination of such information and devices connected to the network, will draw even more attention this year. According to IDC research, about 52% of the data to be protected are not. And even worse: companies do not know it.
Investing in services and platforms that allow you to connect devices to the computing providers in Cloud Computing with data protection and offline interactions will be the key to meet the challenges that new technologies will bring.
According to IDC data, in 2018, at least half of IT spending will be based on Cloud Computing, reaching 60% of the entire infrastructure of the area. Also according to Gartner Group, the Cloud market is estimated to grow from 58 billion dollars in 2013 to 198 billion in 2020.
Among all these trends, one fact: investing in technology will be essential to achieve growth and remain on the market. For those who still are in doubt, believe: In 2017, over 50% of IT organizations investments will be for mobile technologies, analytics and cloud. Will Your company miss it?