Technology Trends 2017
Technology has always spearheaded change in businesses. Be it the way they work, think market or innovate. So much so that it has often necessary for businesses to pay attention and take notes. Technology empowers and facilitates doing more – easily. Businesses have to adapt and adjust their course to available technologies to gain an edge over the competition.
2016 ended with buzz words like IoT, Serverless Architecture, AI, m-commerce etc. Here’s some more description about what they are and what to expect from them in the year to come.
Mobile applications are set to see a good leap in tech and usability. We are currently using our mobile phones about 250 times a day. Younger groups use it pretty much every other minute. Device makers and service providers are pouring in tech to make a cutting edge for them selves with features like supercharged application services like the Google AMP, APP streaming services and increased app integrity and security. Numerous studies have shown that a faster better served application is more likely to have more view-ability and higher CTR.
Very thing mobile – from Marketing, sales to customer service. Integrated web and mobile applications are increasingly becoming tools of customer engagement, retention and brand establishment rather than targets of sales process. Mobile Applications in specific give the ability to deliver content – many a times personalised and targeted to the user directly which makes it invaluable to any marketing process. Especially in the B2C industries.
This is particularly important as the portion of mobile based eCommerce far exceeds other platforms. These days ‘Wallets’ like Google Wallet and Apple Pay are favoured over Cards. If you are into e-commerce be sure to be into M-commerce.
You may already know about hybrid applications based on Cordova framework. Native applications are giving way to hybrids and packaged web applications – less than 10% of new apps created are native code. This trend will continue despite Native code frameworks -swift and ADK improving their tool-kits to increase developer productivity. It would be difficult to stay ahead of Apache. Their developer community is vast and very active. What started as a support for simple web pages to run as mobile applications has evolved in to a full fledged eco-system.
The importance of User experience and interface has come to decide application’s success. Users tolerance to bugs and issues in a released applications is getting down to zero. There are just so many contenders out there the users can try that they just move on. No second chance. You’d do the same.
More and more, expectations from UI is bordering the lines of AI. Interfaces have become more proactive, engaging and more than just drawing on activity history. This is a form both the users and businesses have come to push for as the user attention span and engagement time on the application, web or mobile, keeps decreasing. Dynamic UIs are aimed to yield an action or complete the required task quickly.
Amazon, Google, Microsoft and IBM have started offering services in AI section – i.e analytics, cognitive interfaces, machine learning. Increase in IoT is going to add fuel to fire. One such trend is Location based service – Analytics on user location and tailored offers provided by applications like Apple iBeacon and Google Beacon.
We should see a rise in data analysis and information building trend as tech is becoming commonly available for non enterprise applications.
VR & AR
Device makers are keen to push Virtual and augmented Reality in to budget smart phones . We should expect to see more and more applications and games exploiting this.
The usage of wearable devices has been increasing at a steady 20% every year and is expected to cross more than 200 Million units by 2020. All the major hardware manufacturers have some sort of wearable tech offerings. And that’s just half the story. More and more devices in general are going to be connected to the internet. The numbers are increasing exponentially and are expected to exceed 50 Billion by 2020. This is great news for mobile apps as IoT devices are primarily controlled by smartphones.
Wearable devices along with IOT is the biggest growing market to look out for.
You can read more about IoT here.
One of the most promising paradigms of software architecture and development of 2017 is the Server-less Applications. What this is that computing service providers have begun to offer abstracted services which would typically form the base for most server application features.
This entails developers have a different approach to design and architecture of the application to fit in to the server-less architecture.
Read More about Server-less Architecture.
Service Based industries
Businesses with highly targeted and niche client base are expected to increase. Deep intensive service rather than wide extensive. This makes for a better more specialised marketing and customer engagement strategy as well.
Automation Based service.
Internal automation is among the key focus are in most businesses. By utilising automation, businesses can reduce the amount of manual labour required from their employees and either eliminate that payroll expense or allow their employees to do tasks that are less mundane.
Though it has been around for decades, automation typically was restricted to companies which could afford the top names of IT Development consultancies. But emerging technologies and platforms have placed it within reach of most small and medium businesses.
Artificial intelligence is making its way in to businesses as a common tool be it marketing, customer engagement,customer data capture and data mining. More data is always welcome. It leads to more through analysis and knowledge building and finally better customer service.
IoT has to top the list of most interesting business sector to come up in 2017. There are more number of startups and more funding to this sector than with any other.
bugs and issues in a released applications is getting down to zero. There are just so many contenders out there the users can try that they just move on. No second chance. You’d do the same.
More awesome stuff to come..