These days, every year is a big year in tech. The latest innovations come thick and fast and change the way we live, work and play. As a business owner or manager, it pays to be aware of the latest technology trends. Doing so allows you to work smarter and harder and potentially gives you the edge over the competition.
In this quick guide, we’ve done the hard yards for you. We sift through the latest tech trends to identify those that could provide a valuable boost to your business.
1. The inclusion of augmented reality in standard business processes
Augmented reality (AR) technology has been around for some time. However, 2019 looks set to be the year when it firmly establishes itself in the processes of businesses large and small. We expect to see much more practical everyday utilisation. Developers will become increasingly familiar with the technical functionality so they can let their creativity shine.
AR will become integrated into standard business processes that include everything from office design to the marketing of products and services. Augmented analytics will also come to the fore. It uses a combination of machine learning and augmented reality to transform the way content is developed, consumed and shared.
2. The creation of more smart spaces
Humans and technology-enabled systems can interact in a coordinated, connected and intelligent way with the help of physical or digital environments known as smart spaces. In real terms, smart offices use beacons, sensors and mobile apps to help employees perform simple tasks quickly and efficiently, giving them more time to focus on demanding and creative tasks.
Sensors can determine if an individual is in the office and even where they are. They can also instantly provide details about the availability of a meeting room. Overall, this improves productivity, reduces costs and produces insightful usage analytics used to keep tabs on building space.
3. Bring your own device (BYOD)
BYOD policies comprise an emerging tech trend that’s becoming increasingly popular at many workplaces – particularly in smaller companies. As many employees work more flexibly than ever before, allowing workers to use personal devices for work, both in the office and at home, can empower teams to work in a more efficient way.
For businesses, the benefits are clear. You can remove the costs associated with buying devices that employees can use on the move. For employees, they can use devices they are comfortable and familiar with wherever they are. If employees do not own devices that are up to the job, renting tablets, laptops and mobile phones can be a cost-effective solution.
4. Opportunities in ethical technology
The trend of so-called “ethical tech” is another to watch in 2019. In 2018, we saw consumers and employees start to push back against the big tech companies and the ways they have been using our data and manipulating our behaviour. Society is no longer prepared to sacrifice ethical considerations for the sake of technological advancement. In the business world, that means we’re likely to see more business models built on using technology in a more responsible way that’s aligned with how customers expect their data to be handled.
Keeping up with the latest technology trends can be expensive. At Hire Intelligence, you can hire state-of-the-art tech for less to keep your business ahead of the curve. Request a quick quote or get in touch to discuss your technology requirements with our team.