3 tech trends to be aware of this year | ALC Training News

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Few other industries experience the rapid fluctuations of technology, and one look at the major headlines on a tech website is enough to tell you this.

The Internet of Things (IoT), hardware progress in wearables and ongoing security issues are all prominent, and will certainly continue to develop this year. Given the impact these trends can have, it's important for businesses to understand them.

Below, we'll take a look at three major technology developments this year – and what they will mean for businesses in terms of factors such as IT security.

The changing device market

Desktop PCs have slowly started to decrease in workplace usage in recent years, as companies opt for more portable computing solutions like tablets and laptops. This isn't altogether surprising, as portable computers have started to become just as powerful as their static counterparts.

Gartner says that this year, large businesses will likely move IT budgets around, shifting funding away from new PC procurement. Instead of buying new PC hardware, they'll extend the lifetimes of existing devices and focus on other IT developments. This isn't the case with small companies, however.

"While we expect large organisations to cut their PC unit purchases by 20 per cent during 2015, due to price rises, small businesses will behave like value-driven consumers and look to purchase consumer PCs instead," said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner.

Continued IoT development

Among all the IT buzzwords, the IoT is one of the most famous. Business leaders may whisper in hushed tones about the benefits of having hundreds of 'things' in the company connected together and generating useful data – and there is certainly truth to this.

There's essentially limitless storage from anywhere with the cloud.There's essentially limitless storage from anywhere with the cloud.

The IoT does mean a network of connected 'things', devices or objects that aren't usually connected. An easy example is an elevator in a building. If the elevator is able to independently report back to a central computer when the motor is about to die, then maintenance staff can carry out preventative repairs. This can be applied to nearly any object in a business.

New data from ABI Research states that the revenues from these connected and automated systems will proliferate at a combined annual growth rate of 21 per cent through to 2020. North America will lead the charge here, followed by Europe and then Asia Pacific. 

Growth in cloud security

There can be no discussion of buzzwords without mentioning the cloud – the IT trend with seemingly infinite possibilities. The truth is a little more realistic, involving effortless storage expansion, without the need for businesses to purchase expensive hardware or software. Essentially, a company can make a phone call to increase how much storage they have access to.

Security is a lingering concern with cloud technology development – even though it's likely to be unfounded in most cases. As businesses have started to shift to the cloud, there's an air of uncertainty around just how secure these online systems are.

New data from Infonetics Research claims that the cloud security market grew in 2014 to be worth US$7.2 billion worldwide, a significant step up from the $6.3 billion last year.

Security is a lingering concern with cloud technology

"Our long-term outlook for the already very large cloud and customer premises equipment managed security services market, especially for cloud services, is quite strong," said Jeff Wilson, research director for cybersecurity technology at Infonetics Research.

With numerous tech trends at play this year, businesses may want to consider where they stand with regards to these new developments. Training staff in an IT framework such as ITIL is a good starting point, as it means they'll better understand these new technologies and how to deal with them in a business context. It essentially arms staff with the tools they need to better handle the changing IT space.

If you're interested in finding out more about ITIL and what it can do for your business, get in touch with ALC Training today!

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