Technology developments have been racing to market faster than ever. While no one can definitively predict what will happen in the tech department in 2017, there are a few areas that seem to be showing sign of big change for the year to come.
Decline of the Traditional Office
The use of smartphones and tablets in the office continues to rise. This had led more remote working and the further abandonment of desktop computing. Studies have shown that a third of people already prefer accessing the internet via mobile devices. With the same level of efficiency as desktop, this trend in mobile and tablet use could further deteriorate the traditional office as we know it.
Rise of the Virtual Meeting
With advances in video-calling technology, it’s becoming easier and easier to take meetings from the venue of your choice. Continuing on the successful path of video-calling, holographic imaging could soon be the next step. The idea behind this being that the face-to-face element that is somewhat lost even with video-calling could be fully restored with 3D images, therefore further eliminating the need to travel long distances for in-person meetings.
AI Personal Assistants
This technology could be closer than you might expect. Julie Desk, an AI-based personal assistant, can schedule meeting by email. The system communicates directly with you and your contacts to schedule meetings via email. While currently operating in french and English, other languages should be ready for market soon.
Internet of Things & Big Data
The Internet of Thing, or IoT, offers advanced connectivity between various smart devices and systems. While adoption has been on the slower side previously, we are beginning to see more and more application of IoT. Homes and business are starting to see the benefits of IoT and act accordingly.
IoT devices could open the opportunity for businesses to use Big Data to collect valuable information on their customers and staff. By analyzing this data companies could have the opportunity to save time, money and resources by improving quality and increasing efficiency.
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