Every great entrepreneur will constantly be on the look-out for exciting new technology to add to their operation. New technology has the ability to streamline the process, free up time, reduce stress and even improve the quality of your end product. It can be challenging to keep up to date with the latest technology as it seems to progress at an alarming rate which means that it is likely that there are certain upgrades that you could be making this year. The technology that you use will depend on your industry, but here are a few types which are certainly worth looking into.
An increasing number of businesses are using cloud-based technology, and this is for good reason. This technology can allow you to:
- Easily collaborate on documents
- Work remotely
- Backup important data
- Reduce IT costs
- Scale up your operation
While chatbots may be more frustrating than helpful in many cases, huge advances in the technology are being made which could make them a valuable type of technology in 2019. They could help businesses to improve their customer service while freeing up time for staff.
More and more simple daily tasks can now be entirely automated by tools and apps. This will continue in 2019 and can be used to speed up the process, reduce errors and again free up more time for staff.
The cybercrime war shows no signs of slowing down and as new threats are developed there will also be new defenses made. Machine learning and artificial intelligence will play a key role in both predicting and protecting against attacks.
Container technology is an ideal solution for ensuring software is running smoothly when moved from one environment to another and can make development easier, scalable and more secure. There are a few best practices to follow—such as setting filesystem to read-only— when using and securing containers which will help to reduce your attack surface.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
The development of AI technology is evolving at a rapid rate and this will transform the landscape and impact practically every area of business. There are many different ways that it can be used, including:
- Automating workloads
- Predicting performance
- Predicting behavior
- Managing and analyzing data
- Improving customer service
- Improving marketing and advertising
Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR)
Finally, AR and VR will continue to make a big splash in business and find uses in a number of different industries. This is through the ability to provide a greater experience for customers/clients, to make connection with them easier and enabling people to collaborate together across geographies.
Technology and business are closely intertwined, and this will only continue, with exciting new developments being made. As a business owner, it is important to have your finger on the pulse when it comes to new technology because it can have such a big impact on many areas of a business in any industry. The above are all technology trends to look out for in 2019 which could be of great use to your company.