I may be stating the obvious here, but 2020 has been a particularly difficult year for businesses. For many of us, our working practices have changed significantly, and we have had to overcome challenges that we could never have foreseen. However, as the year comes to an end, I feel we can look ahead with optimism to 2021. Our normal way of life may have changed forever but I believe we are all ready to bounce back. If 2020 is the year that has restricted us and our businesses, then 2021 is year where we can really focus on our potential.
Technology is dynamic and constantly evolving. However, the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have forced technological changes far sooner than we expected. Tech has become intrinsic to our personal and professional lives. In fact, many businesses would not have been able to continue operating if it were not for these advances. Because of this, we expect tech to continue to be embraced by businesses with a little less scepticism than prior to the pandemic.
I am very excited about what is to come in 2021. To better understand what the future of technology will be like, here is a glimpse of the upcoming trends in 2021.
Artificial Intelligence has become a significant part of our lives. Businesses have looked to implement AI into their strategies to create greater and longer lasting customer engagements. It is anticipated that AI will have an even bigger impact in 2021 in industries such as construction and manufacturing. Advances will help businesses predict how well their equipment is running and provide a far greater understanding of how products are performing. With increased insights into data, businesses will be able to decide on long-term improvement initiatives.
There has been a lot of press surrounding 5G. However, it is expected that with 5G, IoT (Internet of Things) applications and connected devices will reach new heights. More technologies and sensors will be used, allowing more accessible IoT solutions.
Many businesses are now moving towards cloud solutions. Therefore, the demand on Edge Computing processing power is increasing. Edge Computing is designed to solve big data transfer problems by bypassing certain types of latency which can be experienced in some Cloud Computing environments.
Blockchain is developing as a key line of defence in preventing internet fraud and information leakage. It was originally devised for the digital currency Bitcoin. However, it is predicted that blockchain will be implemented by businesses in various industries and expect that the future of blockchain will revolutionise traditional business processes.
Virtual and Augmented Reality
Both Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality have huge potential across all sectors. In my opinion, VR and AR are the top technology trends for 2021. VR immerses you in an environment whereas AR increases your environment. Virtual reality was initially utilised for gaming purposes but is now a significant opportunity in business. It is predicted that more and more companies will adopt this technology into their marketing and company strategies.
Cybersecurity has fast become the top concern for most business owners. With the increase in cybercrimes, the demand for cybersecurity products and services is also increasing. In 2021, it will be one of the most popular and demanding technologies in IT Technology.
Multiexperience will be a rising tech trend in 2021. Rather than the old idea of computer advances from one single point of interface, we’ll see multiple touchpoints and multisensory interactions such as advances in computer sensors and wearables.