As we welcome in the new year, we are also considering the Top IT trends to look out for in 2021. With new advancements in the way, business is being conducted and people are working, due to covid-19, this opens the opportunity for new markets. So here is a list of IT trends we think will stand out in 2021.
There Is No Normal
As the world’s largest work from home experiment continues, many business leaders are asking as yet unanswered questions like; when all of this is over, will remote work become the new rule? Is permanent remote work sustainable? How will productivity and employee wellbeing be affected? What will be the role of the physical office? Companies may be able to overcome the digital workspace deficits and ambiguities by being more intentional about embracing the positive aspects, including the data generated by worker’s tools and platforms. This can help organizations optimize individual and team performance and customize the employee experience through personalized recommendations. This will enable remote work to be far more than a diminished proxy for the traditional office.
Working from Home Technology
As large corporations move to work from home due to COVID-19 there will be more special “Work from Home” packages that will be offered and will be a juicy new market for tech firms to exploit. “Security is part of our predictions when it comes to working from home activity, and that could be a package. Not just an extra line, but a separate router, a router with security and things like IT support because a smaller company might not have a remote IT support person,” Says Marina Koytcheva, vice-president of forecasting at CCS insights.
The Future of Biometric Security
As biometric services are currently under development and testing. In a few years, these biometric technologies will be introduced everywhere. Plastic cards will be receded into the background and fingerprint scans will become a standard daily operation. Biometric identification technologies are improving so quickly that it is difficult to predict what they will look like in a few years. One thing that can be assumed is that passwords that were difficult to use, change and remember will remain in the past.
Mobile payments are considered more secure than card payments due to the possibility of being able to use biometric technologies to confirm the buyer’s identity. For example, when using Apple Pay mobile payment service, a user can confirm their identity by placing their finger on their iPhone. The number of smartphones and tablets with integrated fingerprint readers shipped worldwide will increase by more than a billion devices annually. In some regions, this figure might be higher.
With the backing of Google’s parent company Alphabet, Waymo is leading the way in autonomous cars in the US and 2021. 300 cars are on the streets of Phoenix and Arizona in the United States. The cars operate themselves, collecting and dropping off passengers with no human driver at the wheel. “As we continue to gradually scale up our service to more riders through a fully public app. We look forward to making Waymo One available to more people in more places too” a Waymo spokesperson said.
E-commerce and Lockdown Fueled Growth
As fewer people leave their homes due to Covid-19 lockdowns. People have turned to use e-commerce platforms. This increases the need for business websites due to an increase in online shopping.
Edtech Is Here To Stay
The education-technology industry was already on the rise, but due to Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions, this has accelerated the need for remote learning and education.
The biometric Human Resources solutions provide more accurate attendance information and eliminate unnecessary payroll costs and reduce labour costs. It also reduces labour costs by removing the need for an ID card or key fobs. Besides this, using biometrics to identify employees can increase employee accountability, which will increase their productivity.
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BBC News Ben Morris (2020)