Technology Trends of 2015
Business and technology march hand in hand and with the coming of the New Year; the predictions of where technology will have the greatest impact on a global scale and in the corporate world arrive and seem to offer limitless possibilities. Here is a look at some of the technology trends that 2015 may have in store.
The Internet and the use of social networks has produced an inordinate amount of data on its users, and as such data has become its own type of capital. Data collected can and is being used to create targeted new products, services, and a whole new manner of working as financial capital. Corporate executives treat this data like money, and in 2015 they will continue and intensify their pursuit of securing access to data capital by digitizing key activities of company functions before their rivals can. In association, businesses will also look for data liquidity, which is the power to get the data needed with minimal time, cost, and risk.
Proliferation of “Wearables”
There are already devices that can be worn, such as smartwatches and Google Glass, but 2015 will bring even more, especially with the technology trendsetter Apple slated to release the new and eagerly anticipated Apple Watch. It is not only Apple that is releasing such products, either: dozens of other companies are launching similar products and the shipments are predicted to grow to 112 million units in the next four years, according to Nick Statt and Richard Nieva of CNet.
It’s been in the works for some time, but 3D printing is finally moving into large-scale use across a number of industries. From artificial body parts in the health care sector to replacement parts at offshore oil rigs, the uses for 3D printing are constantly being challenged, tested, and cast aside. Use will become even more widespread as prices of 3D printers are expected to drop significantly in the coming year and sales to grow by 98 percent worldwide, according to leaders in the industry.
Another trend that will continue onward in 2015 is the use of cloud computing and the evolution of hybrid clouds. Vast amounts of data now hover up in the vast clouds of remotely stored data, and the benefits of public and private use are still being debated among users. One thing is for sure: as the cloud becomes even more widespread, customers and companies will come up with solutions to meet their own needs. An important part of this discussion will, by necessity, also include the integration of applications and application suites into the cloud.
Importance of Corporate Management Tools
Keeping up with the trends in technology is essential for businesses, and it is especially relevant in the area of corporate management. In the interest of increasing productivity and minimizing the use of resources, corporations look to experts in management tools to help them in every aspect. These management tools have an inestimable value to corporations, as they move from a technical culture to a service culture and from a heavily administrative corporate culture to an increasingly performance- and management-driven one.
Especially with data capital on the rise, corporations need project management tools that allow them to access all kinds of portfolios from project and IT services to product and application portfolios. Without the tools for managing and using the data, it is, after all, irrelevant. Management tools are developed with the corporations in mind, allowing them to reach into all sectors of the company and track the resources needed for projects and track the effectiveness of workers, according to Daptiv. With corporations becoming larger and more complex, with their own unique business functions and process, corporate management tools are also built to by dynamic, allowing companies to adjust to their own specific needs.
Most importantly, all these tools work towards the increased connectivity between sectors, allowing companies full access to all parts of their functions and increasing the availability of information for further advances.