The world continues to evolve and emergent technologies are leading the charge. In every aspect of our lives — from communication to work — the latest tech trends are innovating the way we do things.
Over the last decade, we’ve seen the rise of integrated techs such as Smart TVs, self-driving cars, drone deliveries, and advanced AI. Adoption rates to these new technologies have been phenomenal. It makes sense for businesses in Canada to take advantage of these digital trends, not just to remain relevant, but to stay ahead of the curve.
For 2020, an estimated $24 billion will be spent on the software industry alone, making Canada one of the global leaders when it comes to the software industry. Technology can help businesses update processes to become more effective and productive.
Adapt. Innovate. Lead.
Here are the top technology trends to watch out for in 2020:
AI is the driving force behind many other technological advancements, making it number one on our list. Artificial Intelligence has been widely used in many organizations to increase efficiency and operational productivity. The ability of machines to learn and act intelligently is already transforming our world.
SaaS and Cloud Computing
Complex digital infrastructure has become a thing of the past with Cloud Computing and Software as a Service (Saas). This is especially useful for small to medium enterprises that are not able to afford the more traditional setup. Saas is customizable according to specific needs and offers a variety of options that include payment processing, point of sale systems, digital marketing and so much more. This is made possible by cloud technology that stores data online making it accessible any time, from anywhere.
Mobile adoption rates have been steadily increasing since the introduction of smartphones. You’d be hard-pressed to find an industry that does not have at least 50% of traffic coming from mobile users. People are constantly on their phone using it for different purposes ranging from entertainment to information, purchasing to and more — it touches all aspects of their personal and professional lives. The introduction of 5G will be a game-changer with people wanting even faster, more reliable network speed, bandwidth, and power. Our team at UWS works with you to help create an engaging and great user experience for mobile users. Our goal is to empower your brand’s success with strong mobile development services.
Currently, 20% of mobile Google searches have been made through voice activation, and it is expected to escalate to 50% or more this year. This can affect the way businesses optimize their sites. People are now using normal speech patterns and questions in their search queries. Voice searches are more intuitive and convenient than typing out a request, so there is immense potential to design content that can be found easily when using voice searches.
This is still a hit-or-miss type technology at present (hello, Google Glass, we’re looking at you!). There are a few types of wearable tech that have had high adoption rates such as fitness trackers, smartwatches, and Apple’s AirPods. Wearable tech designed to make human lives healthier, safer, or more efficient seems to be doing well. Keep an eye out for it and see how it will evolve further.
Remotely or autonomously piloted aircraft have been used for delivery service, surveillance, and transport. We’ve seen many ways to innovatively use unmanned aerial vehicles for rescue missions, firefighting, and law enforcement. No doubt the future is bright for this type of technology.
Bitcoin, ether, and other cryptocurrencies have created a paradigm shift in the way we look at money. It is completely decentralized — meaning it is not governed by any central bank or monetary authority. While the concept of digital currencies is by no means perfect at this point, it is an emergent technology worth looking into. Even more so, at the heart of this technology, is blockchains and distributed ledgers, which are a super-secure method of storing, authenticating, and protecting data that can have many applications in the future (from medical records to government paperwork).
With advances in technology comes unparalleled threats to personal information and digital safety. Putting resources towards securing information and mitigating threats is a must for any business and will be critical to their success over the next decade.
There are many more advances in technology coming out every second of every day. It is vital to the survival of businesses to stay on top of the changes. At Unwired Web Solutions we understand the difficulty in keeping up to date with new trends whether that be for website development or changes to SEO. We will work with you to help answer any questions you may have and ensure your website is current with the latest mobile development and any advances that can further improve your marketing strategy.