2016 technology predictions

Written on 28 December, 2015 by TPP Wholesale
Categories: General Wholesale | Tags: online business, online marketing, technology

The past year has been full of advancements in the world of tech, and 2016 looks like it's going to be all about developing, honing and putting existing technology in the hands of the consumer. With that in mind, we've pulled together our predictions for the tech trends set to shape our working world in the next 12 months.

Cloud computing

We're expecting even greater advancements when it comes to cloud technology in the year ahead. Most of us are already familiar with the benefits of OneDrive, Dropbox and iCloud, but Gartner's annual CIO  survey found that 33 per cent of Australia and New Zealand's chief information officers rated cloud computing in their top three areas of new IT spending in 2016. With such substantial pick-up and investment planned, there could be even bigger things just around the corner.

Mobility

As devices get smarter and cloud computing becomes more powerful, it's inevitable that mobility will be top of the list for many businesses in 2016. Privacy and security issues are likely to remain a concern, but the continued development of new applications and programs for mobile devices will make them even more essential to the average worker.

The Internet of Things

Another area certain to come on in leaps and bounds in the next year is the Internet of Things, which has been pegged as one of Gartner’s top picks for 2016. As more and more smart devices are unleashed upon the world, more valuable analytical data will be produced – the real question will be how businesses are able to utilise it.

Drone investment

Amazon has turned the sci-fi fantasy of automated delivery drones into a reality and has helped raise awareness and prompt investment in the technology from all sorts of arenas. Australia already has a strong drone sector, including Flirtey, which targets four main industries: online retail, fast food, logistics and humanitarian services. Could you see drones in the future for your business?

3D printing

3D printing is also set to go big in 2016 as machines and materials become more affordable. The technology has been increasingly in the public eye, thanks to its adoption by big-name businesses like Tesla and SpaceX, and next year could see plenty of research into printable food and other biological materials.

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