Every organization on the face of the earth shares the same core goals. Operate more efficiently. Become more agile, flexible and productive. Create a better customer experience. Make more informed decisions.
Having a clear understanding of the technological landscape has become essential to achieving these goals. The challenge is to separate reality and practicality from big talk and sales pitches. Many technological advances grab headlines when introduced but take years to become widely used – if they ever are. A rare few have an immediate impact on business operations, and those who are slow to adopt them find themselves at a competitive disadvantage.
With that in mind, here is a list of predictions that we expect to take center stage — not five years from now, but in 2015.
Windows 10 will make businesses very happy. Although Microsoft continues to dominate corporate desktop operating systems, Windows 8 has been a nightmare. Microsoft can’t turn the page soon enough. Windows 10 promises to provide an infinitely better user experience across all devices with significantly reduced licensing costs. We believe the newest Windows product will be well-received by businesses large and small, although we admit that it would be difficult to look bad next to Windows 8.
The Internet of Things will explode. The Internet of Things has largely been discussed in conceptual terms, describing a world in which billions of objects would be connected to the Internet. However, we expect the Internet of Things to take off beyond the IT and telecom sectors in 2015 as several key pieces – pervasive Internet connectivity, improved sensor technology, and improved ability to automatically store and analyze large volumes of data – fall into place. It will have an impact on industries as diverse as healthcare, manufacturing, retail and more.
Wearables will see mixed results. Most people have heard of smartwatches and Google Glass. Many athletes use fitness bands to monitor their workouts, and wearable devices can also be embedded in clothing. As innovation continues and new use cases emerge, the wearable market will grow, but advances in smartphone technology that can deliver similar results could very well stunt the growth of wearables.
Enterprise mobile applications will see a spike in demand. In order to improve productivity and agility, especially among the “non-desk” workforce that is underserved by technology in many cases, a growing array of enterprise mobile applications will be developed. These applications will be designed for an organization’s specific use cases while simplifying management and improving organizational security.
In Part 2 of this post, we’ll share more of our technology predictions for 2015 related to the cloud, big data analytics and 3-D printing.