Top Technologies for 2015.
The turn of the year is a great time to look back on the year that’s passed and look forward to what the year ahead might hold. This approach is true in business, in our personal lives and particularly in the world of technology. I especially like this time of year because it gives us a point in time where we naturally, and almost without thinking ‘take stock’ and today’s the day that I do that.
Looking forward, there’s no getting away from the fact that 2015 will see some of the tech from last year come of age. In particular, I’d put low cost 3d printing; the expansion of the Internet of Things; computing everywhere and wearables at the forefront of the technologies that will continue to develop and no doubt bring some surprises in 2015. 2015 will also see the launch of the Apple watch with many companies and tech analysts watching closely to see the uptake and capabilities of the device. Like everything Apple, this is likely to be hit as well as a tech-milestone in the year ahead. I for one am excited to see what it will bring.
In terms of what’s on the horizon generally, here are just some of the things that I’ve got my radar fixed on:
The Internet of Things (IoT)
Any regular reader of this blog will know that the IoT is a subject that’s very close to my heart. A different way of doing pretty much everything and challenging the status quo across the board, the IoT is arguably the greatest opportunity open to consumers and product/service providers. The growth anticipated in this sector will see businesses being able to change how they manage the acquisition of assets as well as how they buy services; hire people and deliver solutions across the board (from customers through to staff). It’s sure that 2015 will see more and more businesses taking advantage of the opportunities to operate and manage differently, monetize innovatively and extend their reach as a result of IoT.
Wearables, mobile devices and even clothing that can monitor and transmit biomedical information means that computing everywhere isn’t far away. This, combined with Wi-Fi that’s getting faster and faster, in conjuction with more and more powerful SD cards, mean that the capacity to do more and more complex things will fall literally into our hands. While this in itself is an exciting prospect, it’s important to acknowledge that this will pose its challenges for IT organisations when it comes to keeping up with consumer demand. There’s no getting away from the fact that this sector in particular represents a real opportunity for tech innovators in Scotland and beyond.
With a steep increase in the number and range of activities taking place in a digital setting, it goes without saying that the amount of data in circulation will increase enormously. This will bring both challenges and opportunities in the world of technology in 2015. The way that data coming from the IoT, wearable devices and even the social media is managed is going to be the crux of the outcome of this technological revolution. The potential for these developments to add value to our lives, to our businesses and to our world is enormous, but much will depend on how the data that is generated is processed, analysed and used. In my belief, 2015 will hold huge opportunities for any tech business involved in data analysis, management or processing.
The UK is recognised the world over for the quality of our university education, but it’s common knowledge that even the most prestigious of these institutions struggle when it comes to cash. Technology is what I believe could save these institutions in the years ahead. In 2015, I suspect that a range of new educational apps and online learning tools will bring education within the reach of everyone, no matter how remote they are from their chosen provider. Big data will provide the guidance that’s needed to tailor tech solutions to education; gaming will provide the fun element that raises the bar when it comes to results and personalisation will enable providers to deliver on every front, no matter what the student is hoping to achieve. Students will be able to learn on the move as well as enjoy highly bespoke experiences. With school-age kids, this technological development is firmly on my radar for 2015.
All of this said, technology has a habit of taking us by surprise, so for me, the most exciting thing about looking to the year ahead is keeping my eyes peeled and my mind open. Constantly being on the lookout for opportunities to do things differently and to challenge the status quo is part of the lifeblood at ICS and I for one consider myself privileged to be part of such a community. Here’s to 2015 and beyond.
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Peter Andrew heads up the incubation and innovation support for Innovation Centres Scotland and I would love to use my experience to help you grow your business, so get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or link me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterandrew1, or follow me on twitter