Emerging technology trends for 2015

30th January 2016

The coming year is shaping up to be another big one for emerging and established technology. Buzzwords like cloud, mobile and big data are probably all too familiar, so what should be on your radar? We look at five tech trends set to have an impact on business in 2015.

The Internet of Things is gaining momentum

In naming its top 10 strategic technology trends for 2015, Gartner characterises the IoT as “data streams and services created by digitising everything”. In physical terms, it’s about creating a global ecosystem of connected physical objects that can sense, calculate and exchange data. BuddeComm predicts that Australia will be home to up to 50 million such devices by 2020, powered by cloud computing and 4G wireless networks.

3D printing is carving out a niche

Global shipments of 3D printers are expected to rise by 98 per cent in 2015, according to Gartner. From custom-fitted medical prosthetics to boutique fashion items and jet-engine parts, what’s formally known as ‘additive manufacturing’ will gain more widespread acceptance as units become faster, more versatile and more affordable, in turn helping to reduce the time to market of a wide range of products and emerging technology.

The mobile retailing boom will intensify

Smartphones are becoming the Swiss Army knife of clever shoppers. Map applications can instantly connect product enquiries with store locations. Social media offers a cheap and convenient way to share special offers, and many brands are using social media to gauge consumer sentiment. QR codes are getting a new lease on life as more businesses make their websites mobile friendly.

In the latest emerging technology news, ANZ has announced its smartphone payment system will be going live early in the year. According to BuddeComm, Australian online shopping sales will total a whopping $25 billion in 2015.

Infinite data centres will power predictive analytics

As silicon chips get smaller and more efficient, data centres are able to fit more capacity into the same floor space and reduce overall CPU idle time. This gives birth to the ‘infinite’ data centre, where there is no readily defined limit on how much computing power can potentially be packed into each square metre. In 2015, this new technology will help to drive down the cost of on-demand software and put the power of predictive analytics in the hands of more SMBs.

Is your business riding the wave, or still getting to grips with last year’s technology? See our infographic on where we’ve just been – and what’s in store for emerging technology.
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