There are multiple factors that come into play when considering what type of business will see a fruitful evolution this year, and which will either remain at a mediocre level or go completely obsolete. In this article will look at what enterprises will prosper the most in the year to come, and also at what will cause them to enter such a beneficial period. The enterprise trends that will be approached are diverse and collectively cover a large segment of 2017’s tech market.
The first enterprise on the list is cybersecurity. If it wasn’t clear enough from the beginning, cybersecurity deals with providing security and safety measures against cybernetic attacks and threats, which have been constant in 2016. The reason behind the foreseen increase of popularity of cybersecurity is the alarming number of attacks that have been launched against various large businesses or organizations.
From banks and corporations to software developing companies, all have had to deal with hackers and malevolent entities trying to exploit security vulnerabilities. On a larger scale this subject has been at the base of an entire series of attacks that used Adobe Flash Player’s aged technology and exploitable backdoors to hack software such as Mozilla Firefox. The incidents ended with Flash being dismissed as a default solution for internet browsers altogether, due to the sheer scale of the problem.
Virtual reality is something often times explored in the cinematic world, but now we’re seeing the once made-up technology actually catch roots within our reality. VR tech is still in its early stages but has already proven to be innovative in the way it can alter the functioning of certain services or devices. The still young tech is seeing applications predominantly in the world of gaming with VR headsets being deployed at a fast rate to satisfy curious consumers attracted by VR marketing and demonstrations. In 2017, this tech trends shows no sign of slowing down and VR developers or manufacturers will be able to capitalize quite nicely on the world’s ongoing intrigue with virtual reality.
Other more serious applications of this technology include opening possibilities in the fields of geographical research and architecture. There are already plans for applications that would enhance architecture to the point where architects would be able to see a scalable copy of their design in 3D. They could walk along the chambers of their building design before the first brick is laid. Such awesome potential is why VR will be kept in high regards in 2017.
AI and AI powered software
AI, or artificial intelligence, is similar to VR in the sense that it has long been depicted in movies and visualized at a concept level. The time has come however for AI to step into reality. In case you are thinking of sentient robots that can take over the world, don’t worry, we’re not quite there yet. However, significant progress has been made in the field, and the first fruits of the labor of people researching artificial intelligence are already ongoing the process of being applied to practical uses. This is not something happening somewhere in a secret lab that is never going to affect you. If you have a smartphone then there are huge chances for you to have been already exposed to this type of technology. A lot of big smartphone manufacturers have started to include digital voice assistants into their feature package. The digital assistant you might find on a mobile device is not sentient but it can receive information and respond accordingly based on prior collected information.
Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, or Amazon’s recently revealed Alexa are some of the digital voice assistants that will give you useful information when you ask for it. Taking all this into consideration it’s not that hard to imagine how AI fits into 2017. If the way AI was perceived and responded to in 2016 was any indication of what’s to come, it would be pretty safe to assume that this year would be just as fruitful for AI developers.
Smart homes and home appliances
You might be wondering what a “smart home” might be. Well, the term refers to a home that has been equipped with modern, “smart” technology so that it all comes together as an interconnected network that facilitates the way you live. Today, pretty much anything can be “smart”. We have a wide array of smart devices from smart fridges to smart coffee makers and smart washing machines. Those that explore the smart home spectrum of modern tech usually connect all these devices, including doors and windows and even lights to one “mother” device.
This could be a tablet or even a smartphone maybe. Recently however, we have seen smart home assistants being released and causing quite a stir in the market. Amazon Echo and Google Home are home assistants that dub as smart speakers which can be controlled through voice commands. These home assistants have a running AI assistant (the aforementioned Amazon Alexa runs within Amazon Echo) and can be connected to other smart devices such as the appliances mentioned earlier. The rise in popularity of these home assistants will also cause the smart home industry to spike in profit and popularity over the course of 2017.
That being said, these are just a few of the tech trends you can count on expanding in the following 12 months, based on the readable information collected throughout 2016 and how their state has been evolving.
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