We’re now in the second decade since the millennium, and since then we’ve seen the launch of the smartphone, massive growth in ecommerce and the widespread rollout of superfast fibre and mobile internet services. In the office we’ve witnessed the wholesale introduction of cloud-based services such as Microsoft Office 365, and a decline in traditional PBX landline phone hardware in favour of superior VoIP systems as we become ever more technologically efficient at home and the workplace. But what technology trends do we at Dynamic Edge think we’re going to see in 2020 and beyond? We’ve listed a few below that we’re anticipating and excited about…
1. The “empowered edge”
Building on the ideology of edge computing, this trend is based on the idea that latency will be reduced, and speed of online services increased by keeping traffic local and distributed. This technology is predicted to further grow in the years ahead as we build on the idea of smart spaces – where devices and important applications are moved closer to the people, businesses and systems that use them.
2. Further growth in autonomy
This trend is one we are in some ways already encountering. For example, we are seeing autonomous machines and programs in controlled environments such as building cars in factories and picking and fulfilling products in warehouses. As we move into the second decade of the 2000s we expect this trend to continue to advance, including further testing and rollout of autonomous vehicles, drone-based services, and robotics – both at home and in the office.
3. Distributed cloud
Cloud computing has gone from strength to strength in relatively recent years, and this is expected to continue with the rise of distributed cloud. In simple terms this means the application of cloud computing technology to connect data and applications, distributed across multiple cloud-based geographic locations. Practically this means global organisations can enjoy increased speed of systems and applications at multiple locations and even greater levels of workforce efficiency.
4. The death of ISDN
At Dynamic Edge we have covered this topic before, since reporting on the news that BT will no longer accept orders for traditional PBX phone systems in the year 2020. In reality traditional landlines have been in decline for years, and the efficiencies and quality offered by internet-based VoIP phone systems have driven the trend to switch over. We expect this to continue well into the decade where eventually all homes and businesses are enjoying the benefits of VoIP.
5. Ecommerce everywhere…
It’s well reported that Amazon is the world’s most valuable company (at the time of writing) – there are more people than ever worldwide signed-up for the ecommerce behemoth’s “Prime” service, and this is not slowing down any time soon. Online commerce is big business and the last two decades have been something of a revolution to this end. In the year 2020 this trend will go from strength to strength and it is imperative that businesses begin to, or continue to develop their online strategies to meet the ever-growing needs of their customers.
At Dynamic Edge we’ve always got our eye on the ball when it comes to advances in technology, give us a call today to find out how we can accelerate your business growth using tech.