It’s hard to believe that 2013 is over! 2013 was a big year for technology and technology news, and 2014 is set to be another exciting year. Technology professionals always need to be vigilant of new trends and new technologies. However, there are several trends that I think will have a significant impact on the technology industry next year. 2014 is sure to be another year of innovation and these are the things that I believe will stand out and be most important to technology pros and the enthusiasts a like.
1. Cloud Computing: Cloud Computing has been on the rise for the better part of the last decade. But now, businesses are beginning to adopt cloud computing and use it in place of more traditional solutions. The best example of this, is Google Apps taking the place of traditional Exchange mail solutions for many businesses. Another prime example, is cloud storage applications such as Dropbox, or Box.net that make it simple to sync and collaborate on files which can be extremely useful in a business environment. In 2014, more businesses will use more cloud services for the added benefits in collaboration and ease of access.
2. Wearable Technology: Wearable technology first came to us with fitness trackers the likes of the FitBit and Jawbone Up. This year, Samsung unveiled their Galaxy Gear watch which allows one to read text messages, answer calls and use voice commands to control one’s phone. It is widely believed that Apple is working on their own smart watch for 2014 and there are sure to be many other wearable technology pieces from other manufacturers. Wearable tech is going to probably be one of the biggest areas of growth next year, and perhaps will grow further on beyond the smart watch.
3. Windows 8 for Business/Enterprise: This isn’t really a trend, but Microsoft needs to release some kind of enterprise-friendly update to Windows 8. As it stands right now, Windows 8 has not been adopted in enterprise level businesses, except for perhaps Microsoft of-course. Microsoft needs to release some kind of update to make Windows 8 palatable for IT administrators to make them want to upgrade.
4. Security and Privacy: In light of the NSA and Snowden incident this year, keeping one’s data private and secure will be more important than ever in 2014. More companies will adopt more privacy controls and more security options. Some sites have enabled encryption, two factor authentication and other security enhancements which more sites are sure to adopt in 2014 to protect customer’s privacy.
About the Author
Mike Gdovin has been blogging about technology since 2006 on his blog, Gdovin.net. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Media from Kutztown University with a minor in Journalism, Public Relations and Business. In addition to blogging about technology, Mike is a video producer, technology consultant and social media expert.