3 Top Tech Trends of 2016 to Watch Now
Top Tech Trends of 2016 predicted.
As we enter a new year, we love to watch the budding tech trends and place our bets on what will hit the masses. That said, here are our top tech trends of 2016 to keep an eye on.
1) Retail Goes High-Tech
Watch out shoppers, because you could be run over by a robot in this year. And, not just your average 2015 robot, but one that can gauge emotion and consumer satisfaction as well as provide recommendations. Japan is already using them, so won’t be long until these sophisticated ‘bots hit the US, at least for a beta.
Self-check outs will also receive a face-lift this year. Microsoft is already working with a Pennsylvania grocery store to make the check out process faster and easier with a “scan as you shop” approach, reducing the actual “check out” time to thirty seconds or less.
In addition, don’t be surprised if your favorite retailer starts using a lot more interactive displays to feature real-time information about the product, including: reviews, recommendations and promotions.
2) Enterprise Backup and Recovery Goes to the Cloud
Enterprise cloud backup and recovery takes hold in 2016 for a few key reasons. 1) Big business will realize fast recovery is essential. 2) Compliance requirements demand better disaster recovery. 3) Disaster Recovery is evolving to DRaaS or Disaster Recovery as a Service, as businesses require more than recovering file data from the cloud or waiting for systems to be spun up, on demand.
3) Big Business Goes to the Big City
For decades, large companies would headquarter outside of large cities. And, for a lot of reasons that would make sense–more space for growth and of a more cost effective cost environment. However, there is a trade-off: talent, especially in technology. This week, GE announced it would relocate its headquarters from rural Connecticut to Boston. According to GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt:
The company was looking for an ecosystem that shares our aspirations. Greater Boston is home to 55 colleges and universities. Massachusetts spends more on research & development than any other region in the world, and Boston attracts a diverse, technologically fluent workforce.
Will GE be the only behemoth to buck the burbs to keep up with the times? We doubt it.
It will be interesting to see what the top tech trends of 2016 will bring. The thing is certain–only time will tell.