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What’s in store for 2019?
We have marked the end of another year in which technology has taken a major leap forward – it can be really difficult to keep on top of improvements, developments and new ideas which are transforming the way we live and work.
Technology is evolving at a mind-boggling pace and we can only wonder where it will lead in years to come. Our staff in the PC Net offices are eagerly anticipating 2019 and the exciting challenges it will bring. But what does the new year have in store for us?
Here are some ideas:
Robot Process Automation (RPA)
RPA is a system designed to take on all those mundane, simple, clerical jobs that will allow staff to make better use of their time in areas like customer service and the more important tasks which still require the human element.
It is streamlining the way firms operate and taking care of repetitive administrative jobs efficiently and effectively while providing a feel-good factor for staff who are seeing an improvement in morale and feeling of self-worth.
More companies have signed up to it this year and there has also been a 9% increase in RPA budgets in 2018 by those companies who have already taken the technology on board. This is only going to increase and It is believed 92% of European countries will have adopted RPA by 2020.
Cloud computing will see major growth over the next year and the ability to operate without the need of an IT service or dedicated server makes it an extremely attractive proposition.
It has been around for a while and has now evolved past the point of being a temporary server with the integration of key services like innovative analytics, database services, messaging and machine learning.
There will be a continued expansion of the six cloud giants in 2019 with the 200bn dollar global cloud computing market figure expected to be hit next year.
The Internet of Things (IoT)
The number of appliances containing software and electronics connected to the internet to carry out daily tasks are growing by the day – an estimated 3.6 billion this year with the actual figure probably much higher.
It allows for the interaction and exchange of data which can be easily controlled and monitored remotely. With this traffic continuing to grow there will be demands for greater 5G connectivity in 2019 to handle the increase.
The IoT is already creating a major difference in the world of manufacturing allowing companies to operate more effectively and efficiently. Healthcare will also see a benefit with an estimated 87% of organisations in the health sector enlisting the help of IoT technology during 2019, leading to a higher degree of patient care.
A connected app is also proving revolutionary in the motor industry, maintaining a permanent link between car and owner by sending data, diagnostics and other information for regular monitoring.
The internet Vs television
It is estimated that people will be watching the internet an average of 2.6 hours each day in 2019 compared to an average 2.7 hours watching TV. The gap has been steadily closing over recent years and next year could finally see the internet take the lead in this particular race.
This is likely to have the knock-on effect of less money being spent on TV advertising and more on website ads. This will extend to the social media platforms and with more people wanting to watch live videos, there is going to be a shift in emphasis on the way people sell their products and get their message across to an ever-increasing audience.