Business Technology In 2014: What You Need To Know

BY webmaster
June 24, 2015

201490% of all the data in the world has been generated in the in the past two years. With this stat in mind I cannot begin to fathom what the future will bring.

New technologies such as the Internet of Everything, more advanced mobile apps, cognitive computing and other developments promise to make 2014 an existing year for business technology.

Here is some of what you can look forward to in 2014:

The Internet of Everything

The internet is going everywhere.  If the previous 5 years were the years of mobile internet, smartphones and tablets, 2014 will be the year of mass internet expansion across common physical items. Cisco Defines the Internet of Everything as “bringing together people, process, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before”.

The internet will expand from PCs and mobile devices into business and everyday consumer devices.  Field equipment, televisions, and cars are just a few examples of products that will be joining the World Wide Web. These newly connected products will help people and machines make more relevant and valuable decisions.

Ericsson Consumer Lab reports that 60% of smartphones owners predict that “sensors will be used in everything from healthcare and homes to cars by the end of 2016.”

The Internet of Everything is a fascinating new technology that will start to become more readily available in the coming years. To learn more about IoE and its consequences take a look at this white paper by Cisco.

Mobile Apps

The advent of IoE does not mean mobile devices and apps are on their way out. Au contraire, in 2013 mobile devices surpassed PCs as the most common web access tools and by 2015 over 80% of handsets in mature markets will be smartphones. Going forward apps will be more important than the phone itself.

A report from International Data Corp (IDC) projected that the mobile application business will grow from 10.9 billion downloads this year to 76.9 billion downloads in 2014.

Improved JavaScript will allow apps to have richer audio and video that will connect people in new ways. According to Gartner Research, small targeted apps will continue to grow while large comprehensive applications will begin to shrink.

Business software apps such as CRM will also experience unprecedented growth. Mobile CRM apps will grow 500% by 2014. In mid-2013 there were 200 CRM or CRM related apps, by 2014 there will be 1200 CRM apps addressing specific aspects of the CRM experience.

As a leader in CRM Technology, Maximizer CRM offers an HTML5 version that can run on any mobile browser regardless of platform. Learn more about Maximizer’s mobile CRM.

Smart Machines

Remember Watson? IBM’s supercomputer than won several Jeopardy Games? IBM has decided to open Watson to the public in 2014. In other words developers will be able to use Watson’s computing power for a plethora of different cognitive applications that will transform the way businesses and people make decisions.

According to IBM Watson will,

Spark a new class of applications that will learn from experience, improve with each interaction and outcome, and assist in solving the most complex questions facing the industry and society.

Watson’s cognitive capability will be used for real time translations, shopping assistants on ecommerce websites and healthcare research.

3D Printing

It would be a travesty to talk about the future of business technology and neglect 3D printing.  3D printers are currently being held back by patents but the good news is that key patents that currently prevent competition for most functional 3d printers will expire in 2014, says Duncan Scott from Shapeways; a 3D printing company.

3D printers are not just a novelty. HP CEO Meg Whitman said the company will be entering the 3D printer market in mid-2014.

We are excited about 3D printing...we want to lead this business. HP labs is looking at it."

With big players such as HP entering the 3D printer market, worldwide shipments of 3D printers are expected to grow 75% in 2014.

Where are we going?

With the cloud, IoE and Watson we can say we are starting to move into a new era of computing. First we went to the information with desktop PCs and early Laptops, then with the first smartphones, tablets and modern laptops we took the information with us. Now, with all these new emerging technologies information will be available everywhere we go.

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