With the rapid approach of a new calendar year, it’s the wise business indeed that keeps its finger on the pulse of technology. In the second half of this series, we’ll explore the remaining 5 trends that we should all be aware of for 2015.

 

There are many new developments coming, and there are also improvements on existing technologies and methods as well. Of course, not all of these top 10 trends will apply to you, but many will – even in a superficial way. Perhaps even in ways that aren’t apparent now.

 

Trend #6 – Cloud and client computing

 

When it comes to Cloud computing, however, there are few companies who are not effected one way or another. The ability to centralize complex applications and data sets and make them available at any time to a variety of devices is a powerful trend that promises only to grow stronger.

 

People want information, and they want computing ability right in the palm of their hands via smart devices as well as traditional PC’s and laptops. The Cloud provides this in an easy and cost-effective way.

 

Trend #7 – Agile design

 

Seemingly gone are the days of contracting to develop a large application or software infrastructure project and then waiting months or even years for a fully tested and fully functional application to be implemented. Agile design, that is designing software in smaller pieces that can be individually implemented, is rapidly becoming the standard.

 

In an age where technology and interactivity changes so rapidly, it’s vital that an application be implemented quickly and that can itself be adapted as it grows. In the information age, a year can be a lifetime.

 

Trend #8 – Web-based IT

 

Many organizations are designing enterprise software to work entirely on the web. In this way, they can port all or some of their computing to the Cloud and therefore create a more flexible, scalable and accessible information management system.

 

Trend #9 – Risk-based security and self-protection

 

While the road to the digital future is paved with profits, it’s also necessary to secure it. Security is an important issue now and for the future. However, it’s virtually impossible to create a 100% secure environment. Therefore, it’s necessary for organizations to create more robust risk assessment systems to compensate.

 

Trend #10 – Hybrid outsourcing

 

With the ever-increasing demand for new software, more scalable applications and greater interactive power, it’s crucial that a business be able to stretch its IT dollar as far as possible. In the past, outsourcing to foreign nations was thought of as a good solution. However, problems with communication quickly became apparent, and the term outsourcing has now become the punchline of many a joke.

 

The solution that gives a company the power of offshore development assets at low rates while simultaneously preventing the problems that often occur is a form of hybrid outsourcing. This means tying a native-speaking management asset who is equally effective at dealing with the client and in managing the offshore developers in their native tongue.

 

The possibilities of these technology trends are endless. Robust IT will give even small businesses the opportunity to grow and profit from a world that’s becoming more and more digital.