Negosentro.com | 7 Technologies That Will Drive Business Success in 2021 | The new year is just around the corner and with every new year comes new technologies that push businesses forward. 2020 has been a year like no other and the technologies that got their start this year are expected to dominate in the next. These are seven technology trends you should watch for in 2021.
Automatic Machine Learning
Automatic machine learning, or AutoML, is a process that utilizes automated algorithm selection, hyperparameter tuning, feature generation, model assessment and iterative modeling to make it easy to evaluate and train machine learning modules. This technology will make it easier for businesses to automate repetitive tasks, freeing up people to focus on jobs that can not easily be done by machines.
The increased number of people working and learning from home over the past year has emphasized the importance of reliable, high-speed connections for businesses. The roll-out of some 5G networks has been delayed in 2020, but are expected to progress throughout 2021. Most major tablet and mobile phone manufacturers have either already released or are planning to release 5G devices in the next year. 5G networks will allow businesses to more seamlessly conduct video conferencing and collaborate with employees without the need to physically be in the same place.
Another trend the increase in remote work environments has highlighted is the need for confidential computing environments. When using a confidential computing platform, the entire computing process is encrypted, rather than just the data. Major industry players, such as Microsoft, Google, IBM, VMware and Alibaba have been introducing new protocols and best practices through the Confidential Computing Consortium. The technology is still in the developmental stages but is expected to become widespread in 2021.
Headless tech refers to a process by which businesses can keep their front-end presentation separate from their back-end data functionality. This makes it easier to create customized shopping experiences. This technology may reduce the cost of acquiring and retaining customers and increase efficiency during a time when customers are doing more online shopping than ever before.
Smart Work From Home Technology
The trend of more people working from home is expected to continue throughout 2021. Devices designed specifically to make working from home easier, more secure and more productive are expected to continue to gain rapid market share.
Devices With Creative Form Factors
With people relying on their smart devices more than ever, the trend of ever-larger and bulkier smartphones may reverse in favor of smaller and lighter devices. Additionally, more hybrid devices that eliminate the need to carry multiple devices are expected to hit the market. Devices, such as the Microsoft Surface Duo, that functions as both a tablet and a smartphone are expected to gain popularity.
Folding smartphones that have the same high-quality displays and connectivity as non-folding phones should also be a hot ticket. Folding phones will make it easier for workers to get the productivity benefits of a tablet in a form factor that is easy to carry in a pocket.
5G always-connected PCs are also expected to gain popularity in the coming year. These machines combine the power of a laptop with the mobile connectivity of a smartphone, making it easier to perform complex work tasks from anywhere.
Quantum computing has played a big role in the development of treatments and vaccines for COVID-19 in 2020 and is expected to expand into other industries in 2021. Quantum computing makes it easier to query, analyze, monitor and act on data from any source, at scale and at any time.
2020 has been a challenging year in which the technology industry has had to step up its game to meet the demands of an increasingly mobile and internet-connected workforce. The trends begun this year are expected to continue into the next as these and other technologies are integrated into the mainstream and businesses continue to adapt to the new marketplace.