Technology has grown to be an integral part of our lives. A lot of innovations and market developments have technological advancements to thank. The pandemic saw accelerated technological advancements and digitization in a bid to stay resilient in the face of adversity and meet the demands of the new reality. Technology is expanding our horizons and making life easier than we ever imagined to be possible. Here are 7 of the top technology trends to look out for in 2021.
Artificial intelligence is barely a new technology. It has had a lot of buzz for the last decade. It remains one of the emerging technological trends because of its notable impact on how we work, live, and play. AI is mostly appreciated for its superiority in navigation apps, image and voice recognition, mobile PAs among other applications.
AI is definitely going to be an effective tool in 2021, with machine language algorithms getting more advanced and offering sophisticated solutions. Machine learning which is a subset of Artificial Intelligence, will continue to be utilized in many industries.
When people hear blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies come to mind. But this is not all that Blockchain is about. Blockchain technology is providing a safer and more efficient way to transact. Blockchain companies are finding innovative ways to improve processes, enhance security, reduce costs, and deal with counterfeiting. Large corporations and small businesses alike are looking at Blockchain technology to streamline their operations.
One main advantage of Blockchain technology is that it eliminates the need for third parties to validate transactions. In 2021 we will likely witness more Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) where more industries and enterprises will incorporate Blockchain technology into their systems. There will be more operations and products created using Blockchain.
Internet of Things
There is no doubt that the internet of things is the future. IoT is a technological trend that has allowed for the connectivity of things to each other and the internet. This technology has allowed home appliances, cars, and many more devices to communicate with each other and exchange data over the internet. In 2021 IoT is emerging as a forefront influence in how we live our lives.
It will most likely play a central role in restoring some semblance of order after the recent pandemic. We expect it to make shopping safer and ensure that health care becomes connected through telemedicine.
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are an impeccable technological trend that immerses users in an enhanced environment. Technology has been most instrumental in the gaming arena. It has also been used in simulation software for training ship captains. This technology is likely to continue reigning in 2021. It is expected to be integrated further into our lives in conjunction with other new technologies.
AR and VR are going to change the game in entertainment, education, and marketing. Employing AR and VR in marketing enables brands to create experiences, engage their audiences, and drive conversions in exciting ways.
With technology disrupting almost every sector, it is becoming necessary to incorporate these new trends to have the edge over the competition. AR and VR could also transform the health sector since they can come in handy in injury rehabilitations and training doctors. In entertainment, it is allowing richer experiences like enhanced theme parks and experiences like playing online roulette much more exciting!
The As-a-Service revolution has allowed for services to be cloud-based. It has ensured that all other technological trends reach everybody. Everything-as-a-Service is generally a cloud computing term that describes the vast number of services and applications that are at the disposal of users over the internet. The services can be accessed on-demand since they are not only available on-premises.
Cloud computing technology has grown extensively to include services like Function-as-a-Service, IT-as-a-Service, Infrastructure-as-a-Service, and Security-as-a-Service. No one can deny that XaaS is among the fastest-growing trends for companies. And it will only grow further in 2021!
Cybersecurity has been around the block for a while now. However, with the immense digital transformation among organizations and industries, Cyber attacks threats are becoming more advanced. Malicious hackers are not resting in their quest to find ways to breach even the most ‘fool-proof’ systems. That has necessitated the evolution of cybersecurity trends.
More organizations are starting to appreciate the significance of having effective cybersecurity strategies. Some of the new cybersecurity trends are Blockchain Cybersecurity and Virtual Dispersive Network (VDN).
The Digital Workplace
The pandemic changed how we view workplaces. More people are working from the living room and home offices than ever before. Even with the rollout of the vaccine, it may take some time before things get back to how they were, if they ever will. Remote working is expected to continue.
Organizations are implementing the digital workplace and migrating to the cloud to stay relevant. There is more infrastructure automation and deployment of digital tools and resources. All these are to allow for the remote working setup. The growth of the digital workplace has also made it necessary for organizations to prioritize cybersecurity.
Technology is revolutionizing processes and operations. These technology trends will definitely shift things and life as we know it in 2021.