Tech Trends to Watch for in Fall 2017

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Smart machines are getting smarter, and a new IT reality has dawned. The machines are rising. Artificial intelligence (AI) has proven it’ll be no fun at a party, having taken down the world’s best player at the difficult strategy game Go. If that makes you anxious, good news: virtual reality (VR) is being used by doctors to help patients with anxiety.

We live in interesting times, so what’s going to be especially interesting to watch this year?

  1. Security Concerns Increase
    The only novelty in this prediction is where the danger is coming from: increased reliance on IoT (Internet of Things) means more breaches of security and privacy.
  2. AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Consumer Experience
    Even big players are only scratching the surface when it comes to using machine-learning to improve customer service. Look for:
    • Much more personalized customer interaction
    • More social presence
    • Immediate answers to consumer queries
  3. Better Cross-Browser Compatibility
    Less exciting than AI but fundamental, W3C (world wide web consortium) specification, and (maybe) better JavaScript libraries could see cross-browser compatibility issues become a thing of the past. This is good news if your business does business online.
  4. Increased Virtual Reality Activity
    Who doesn’t want to be in VR when it’s new and shiny and has applications as far-ranging as therapy and gaming? Microsoft, Facebook, and Google have put a waterfall of money into VR, but it’s the startups you want to watch. Will VR be the cornerstone of the next Microsoft or Apple?
  5. Mobile Grows
    By 2020, 70% of the world’s population will have a smartphone. How will your business adapt to increase mobility?
  6. Laptops Narrowly Pushing Past Desktops
    Consumers have long bought more laptops than desktops. Now, companies are budgeting more for laptops, bringing the budgets for both to par according to Spiceworks’ network data and surveys.
  7. Windows 10 business adoption to exceed 70%
    Over 10 weeks in 2015, 11% of organizations said yes to Microsoft’s offer of a free Windows 10 upgrade. By halfway through last year, 40% were onboard. The trend line suggests 73% of organizations will be using Windows 10 by July.
  8. Cloud first” strategies will drive adoption of Windows Server 2016
    Windows Server 2016 offers improved virtualization features, better security, more advanced software-defined storage functionality, and better integration with popular cloud services. That will drive adoption, although it won’t be until Windows Server 2008 reaches end-of-life in 2020 that its successor will dominate.
  9. Still stalling on your OS upgrades?
    You aren’t alone…Delays in upgrading operating systems are common. More than half of businesses are running at least one copy of Windows XP somewhere, despite it reaching end-of-life in 2014.

If you need assistance with any of the above IT trends for fall 2017, give EnhancedTECH a call for a complimentary consultation at 714-970-9930 or contact us at [email protected]

Samantha Keller

Director of Marketing and PR at EnhancedTECH
Samantha Keller (AKA Sam) is a published author, tech-blogger, event-planner and mother of three fabulous humans. Samantha has worked in the IT field for the last fifteen years, intertwining a freelance writing career along with technology sales, events and marketing. She began working for EnhancedTECH ten years ago after earning her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and attending Fuller Seminary. She is a lover of kickboxing, extra-strong coffee, and Wolfpack football.Her regular blog columns feature upcoming tech trends, cybersecurity tips, and practical solutions geared towards enhancing your business through technology.
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