Here at Fentons we closely follow the release of new technology, not only because we’re crazy about IT but because our is vision to help businesses improve the performance of their computing. Throughout every year our team evaluates new hardware and software that has been designed to improve the speed and efficiency of business IT services.
There’s been a stream of exciting new technology this year with September and October witnessing some of the most inspiring developments yet. In September we saw the release of the Apple iWatch and iPhones 6 and 6 plus.
Later that month we were told that the new USB connector known as a ‘USB 3.1 type C’ will not only be smaller, easier to plug in and ridiculously faster at 10Gbps. It will also support increased power transfer as well as video and audio, possibly making it the ‘all in one’ computer connection of the future!
Towards the end of September and much to everyone’s surprise, Microsoft skipped Windows 9 and released a preview of ‘Windows 10’.
October then saw the release of the iPad Air 2 and now eagerly awaits the release of Intel’s Broadwell Core M chip, a more efficient, less battery consuming processor.
These are just a few awesome tech advances uncovered this year but will any of them make a difference in the world of business IT services? Will any improve the way we work and help shape the future of business related technology? Or are most of these new features a gimmick or marketing stunt?
With so many surprise enhancements in technology it’s impossible to predict what a business IT services and infrastructure will look like in the future, however we’ve sifted through the likely fads and highlighted some tech advances that are already in development to improve commercial IT efficiency and performance.
We think the following tech predictions will be found in the workplace by 2019 and possibly shape the future of business IT services well into the 2020’s:
Wireless everything… not a cable in sight !?
Intel are working hard to ensure that the future of computing has no wires! Gigabit wireless networking has already been achieved and Intel aims to use ‘Gigabit docking’ to connect and transfer video graphics wireless to 4K monitor displays. With the next advancement being wireless power charging of electronic devices.
This would see offices desks looking very minimal; imagine a desk with multiple sleek, large, amazing quality 3D 10K pixel monitor screens with no cables attached. Desktop computers could be a thing of the past with wireless video and data signals being sent direct from the cloud or servers to the monitor screens.
Voice recognition that says it all
Although we look at Siri and Cortana as a bit of a gimmick and not often used. Google, Intel and many other Silicon Valley companies consider digital assistants to be the future. We are likely to see Apple and Microsoft operating systems, and most other software vendors incorporate highly accurate voice recognition features.
Advanced voice recognition would enable a user to speak to a computer to log in, ask a computer what to search for, tell it what software to open and what to send in emails and type in documents. The goal is to streamline slow manual processes with a couple of spoken words offering superior multi-tasking potential, and in turn faster business productivity.
Passwords are just a bad memory
Passwords are already old fashioned, they are vulnerable and nearly always the reason security attacks are reported in the media. Passwords can be easily hacked, they are easy to forget and they clearly don’t provide the security businesses require in a modern on-line world.
The future of security authentication is biometrics. We have already seen fingerprint recognition on Apple iPhones and alike. Intel and innovative tech companies are already working toward facial recognition technology. These advances allow camera detectors to authenticate users by their face. A user would be able to log into a computer and websites by sitting in front of a computer! Greater security combined with faster seamless access is where we see security going in the future.
Folding adjustable screen tablets with staggering battery life
Tablets are already outselling laptops. This is down to portability, ease of use and great battery life. With the Apple Mac Air rated the best laptop in the world, manufactures such as Microsoft with its Surface 3, and Dell’s XPS range are racing to decrease the size and weight of devices, therefore we are likely to see laptops continue to take a thinner more tablet form.
Samsung is already manufacturing folding screens, we expect to see devices take a range of shape and sizes with the ability to unfold into a variety of screen sizes to fit the working environment; small 8” screen on the train, then a larger 15” screen back at the office.
Intel have on their roadmap a new processor codenamed Skylake which will be much smaller, offering greater performance and be far more power-efficient. This means it will fit into the thinner, sleeker devices of tomorrow and need much less battery power. It’s not difficult to imagine a device that can be charged using wireless offering over 48 hours battery life.
The future of Business IT Services
To conclude, we see the future of business IT services being completely wire free for everything, integrating biometrics for security and offering breath-taking performance that requires little power consumption. We picture the workplace of tomorrow looking very minimal with only desks and screens. Keyboards and mice for the old school and all computing hardware stored and protected in secure server rooms. Where do you see things going? Please contact us with your thoughts on the future of business IT…