During the past week, Gartner released two sets technology predictions. The first one focuses on the top technology trends that will be of strategic importance for most companies in 2015. The second offers technology predicts for IT users and organizations for 2015 and beyond. They give an interesting peek into a future where the relationship between man and technology has taken a new turn.
The top strategic technology trends for 2015:
Gartner predicts that the popularity of 3D printers will greatly increase in 2015 and that these products will enjoy record sales. Moreover, it states that in 2016 alone, sales will double. These devices will start to find a wider industry use and brand new applications across various fields of science.
Also, the rapid digitalization of everything around us will result in the creation of a few main models, that include manage, monetize, operate and extend. All four of them can be used to the fullest with the help of the Internet of Things allowing companies to leverage them.
Mobile and cloud computing, on the other hand, is predicted to grow even further. Still, many apps will continue to rely more on the storage of the mobile device and not so much on the cloud. However, the use of cloud services will finally become more effective and easier to manage.
More technology predictions for 2015 and beyond:
By the end of 2016, mobile digital assistants will be exclusively responsible for over $2 billion online shopping operations.
By 2017, 20% of all online retailers will rely on 3D printers to create products of their own. Mobile commerce revenue in the United States alone will make up half the country’s entire digital commerce revenue.
By 2018, the cost of ownership for business operations will drop by 30% tanks to the use of industrialized service and smart machines. Human workforce will become easily replaceable and too expensive in some sectors. Digital jobs will start to replace traditional ones. By 2018, their rate will likely increase by 500%.
By 2020, wireless health monitoring technology will become widely used in developed countries. That will successfully increase life expectancy in these regions by 0.5 years.