Top 5 emerging technologies you can’t afford to overlook in 2015


Technology has always been the greatest driving force in the evolving modern world. We’ve already witnessed the biggest and best tech stories of 2014, but behind the stories are the remarkable approaches that drive both science and the commercial tech industry forward. Throughout the year, we have witnessed a lot of incredible developments and few of them are true milestones. We came across many new developments in Big Data, BYOD, EMM, the Internet of Things, etc., and the new technologies and gadgets are now set to hit the market in 2015.

Gartner has identified the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2015. However, it does not mean that enterprises have to adopt and invest in all the trends at the same rate, but companies should look to make thoughtful decisions about them in the coming year.

  • Computing Everywhere
  • The Internet of Things
  • 3D Printing
  • Advanced, Pervasive and Invisible Analytics
  • Context-Rich Systems
  • Smart Machines
  • Cloud/Client Computing
  • Software-Defined Applications and Infrastructure
  • Web-Scale IT
  • Risk-Based Security and Self-Protection

Here’s Softweb’s outline on the technology trends that will reshape the way enterprises operate internally and connect with consumers.

The Internet of Things

The things around us are now connected with each other. From sensor technology to smartphones to home networks, virtually everything is looking at the ‘Internet of Things.’ The Big Data of tomorrow will be more about the IoT with Machine to Machine (M2M) communication, which will have a greater impact on our lives.

Wearable Technology

Wearable technology, synced with mobile devices, is one of the significant trends that will play a vital role in the next year. The stylish timepiece- Apple Watch and wearable tech- Google Glass have already created a buzz in the wearable market. Gartner Inc. predicts more wearable tech will come on the market because our society is becoming mobile and wants it available in more environments, including work.

3D Printing

Gartner predicts that worldwide shipments of 3D printers are expected to grow 98 percent in 2015, followed by a doubling of unit shipments in 2016. The costing would not be a bigger concern since 3D printers won’t be restricted to a large budget in 2015. The affordable, realistic and viable 3D printers will become available to the masses. New industrial, consumer and biomedical applications will continue to show that 3D printing is a cost-effective means to cut costs through new designs, efficient prototyping and short-run manufacturing.

Cloud/Client Computing

With the increased use of mobile devices and wearable devices, enterprises need to adapt to the requirements of the mobile user. Cloud is a great medium for scalable computing and hosting both internal applications and external applications. Cloud computing is likely to be in the center of all other activities in 2015 and the adoption of cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) will grow rapidly. The explosion of cloud apps and the success of cloud computing will result in ubiquity of SaaS apps in the coming years.

Data and Analytics

According to IDC, the big data and analytics market will reach $125 billion worldwide in 2015. It also predicts that over the next five years spending on cloud-based Big Data and analytics (BDA) solutions will grow three times faster than spending for on-premise solutions. Rich media analytics like image, audio and video will surface as a key driver of big data projects. As the Internet of Things (IoT) will boom in the market, IoT analytics are also going to be hot!

Risk-Based Security and Self-Protection

Gone are those days when working toward the complete protection was vital. Studies suggest that security positioning through risk assessments is a more realistic goal—and it won’t disrupt progress. Firewalls and restrictions are no longer enough; the enterprise has to think about app-level security and data protection.