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As the curtains to 2014 are drawing to a close, we bring you some of the gadgets that are likely to be hot properties in the upcoming year. Here are the nine gadgets which you may want to have with you after you read them.
1. 3D printing
3D printing is coming to witness a major breakthrough in 2015, which will make this form of manufacturing attractive to nearly any business.
One such technology is something known micro-scale 3D printing.. This is where inks of different materials can be loaded into 3D printers, allowing them to print a huge range of objects.
By next year, wearable computers will start to trickle into the workplace. Smartwatches will keep employees busy in without constantly looking at their phones. Wearable health devices will help employees to participate in group wellness programmes.
Sources say, companies will also start experimenting with smart glasses with custom apps such as repair guides, video conferencing, training videos and the like.
As an indication, HR Software Company Kronos and The Workforce Institute recently polled 9,000 people worldwide and found that 73% said they think wearables would be helpful at work.
3. Ultra-private gadgets
In the New Year, computer security will enter a new phase. Passwords be still existent but our devices will become more secure and private. More devices, including and beyond smartphones, will get fingerprint sensors. While hackers aren’t going away, your work software will be wrapped in layers of security. The hacker will get limited info and won’t get the data stored in other apps.
IT departments used to work in phases. They wrote a new app on their test machines and only rolled it out to the real network when it was perfect, so it wouldn’t crash things.
But IT departments want to be more like Facebook; they want to run experiments on their users by trying new features on their live networks and collect data on what those employees want. That lets them rapidly make changes.
This trend is called “Devops,” which blends “development” and “operations” together. Devops requires IT departments to buy a lot of new technology and change the way they are organized so they can experiment without crashing things.
5. Software-defined data centers
At present, if a company wants to make a lot of changes to its network switches or storage devices after they are installed, it’s a monumental task.
The new trend is to add a layer of software on top that controls everything. This allows them to easily make changes and shift things around.
New software-defined networks and storage, deliver the flexibility required to make the digital business work.
6. Mobile identities
Microsoft is one of many companies working on the idea where your identity lives in the cloud and travels with you from device to device, network to network.
It will create a new generation of work apps that not only keep track of your place, but let your colleagues collaborate with you.
7. Smart data
Companies are really having a tough time to get that data into the hands of the people who need it most: business managers. They want the data to reply with charts, graphs, details of things that didn’t sell well and reasons for the shortfall: shipment delays, weather, quality control issues, personnel changes, and so on. That’s a huge focus for startups and established software companies alike.
8. Smart machines
The industry is arguing over what to call the next generation of internet-enabled devices: Internet of Things, Internet of Everything, or Web of Things.
But it’s not about the internet at all. It’s about giving sensors and chips to everyday objects and suddenly making them smart. It’s also about giving intelligence to the apps we already use to make them even smarter.
A smarter object “takes advantage of mobile devices’ and sensors’ ability to observe and monitor their environments, increasing the coordination between things in the real world and their counterparts on the web.
9. Cloud computing
Business houses have been slowly shifting away from buying software and hardware for the past few years. They want to rent it from someone else, hosted elsewhere, paying only for what they actually use. This is known as cloud computing.
The trend already become a major hit in 2014 and would become a waterfall by the next year.
According to an estimate, companies will have spent $56.6 billion on the cloud in 2014, and that the cloud market is growing 22% a year, six times faster than the growth of the whole IT industry. By 2018, companies will be spending $127 billion on the cloud.