The COVID-19 pandemic has driven technology innovation and adoption in amazing ways, bringing the future one step closer to the now. Here are the top 6 technology trends that many believe will lead the way towards a (hopefully) much better 2021:
- 5G and Wi-Fi 6 – the next generation of wireless technologies (including 5G and Wi-Fi 6) promise to close the connectivity gap that separates half the global population from opportunities in learning, business and healthcare, especially poor rural communities.
- Rise of sensors – the internet of things (IoT) has been a buzzword in tech circles for years, but we are now finally seeing it take shape and really beginning to connect our lives in almost unimaginable ways. With sensors becoming cheaper, smarter and more pervasive, it is likely that our ways of interacting with the world will soon be vastly different than they are now.
- Simple, solid security – one of the biggest challenges in security today is identifying what’s real and what’s a threat in complex environments. But new solutions are being designed to react to a constantly changing environment and ensure that only the right users or devices get access. Additionally, these new solutions are becoming easier for users to manage and are soon likely to be password-free.
- Only paying for what you need – organizations have long invested in one-size-fits-all tech solutions, meaning that they often pay for features they don’t need. Today however, software as a service enables organizations to pay for the features and capabilities they need, with options to scale other services when needed. Such flexibility and cost savings are simply too good (and practical) to not become the new normal.
- App-enabled agility and resilience – the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted a need for agility in unpredictable circumstances. For many, cloud-based solutions were the enabler of this agility. Looking forward, IT teams will need even greater agility to shift from monitoring everything to monitoring only the data and insights that really matter at a given time.
- Going beyond just serving consumers – apps today promise to connect with and understand users in ways that were unimaginable just a few years ago. In particular, they provide personalized relationships that go beyond just providing a service and into the development of actionable insights that engage with consumers at a deeply personal level.