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Emerging technologies are always interesting to examine, dabble in, and select the ones that show promise to double down on. Not every new technology will pass the sniff test though. Some technologies are too beta. They may never reach a point where they’re viable for busy companies that need to use proven products. Therefore, it’s best to keep a constant eye on what’s emergent and explore the possibilities in a controlled manner to get the best results.
Here are four emerging technologies to watch this year.
1. Artificial Intelligence Solutions in Practice
AI is often being introduced now as a service that companies can adopt in their business. Increasingly, businesses use different AI solutions to perform specific functions like ID verifications, smarter decision making and meet other needs. However, doing so can make customers a bit skittish about their data security and the implications of AI in the mix.
When deploying an AI solution in a business setting, think about the PR side of things too. While Americans are becoming far more used to AI being utilized to obtain better results, it’s still a delicate subject that must be approached with care. The MerrittGroup knows how to market tomorrow’s technology companies to make them acceptable to existing customers without scaring them away.
2. Automation Accelerating at a Faster Pace
Automation has been increasingly embraced by companies looking to get an edge over the competition. As an emerging technology, it was admittedly clunky and unsophisticated at the early stages. However, as every month passes, automation is evolving to provide a far more advanced solution to meet diverse business needs.
While employees may sometimes shirk away from the idea of using automation in their role, the reality is that it removes mundane tasks. It’s useful to be reminded of what’s needed next by an automation tool that includes a bit of AI too. This way, employees can spend extra time on their more important tasks.
3. Edge Cloud as the Next Efficiency Drive
Edge computing is a new buzzword that’s taking over from the interest in the cloud that came before it. The idea with edge computing solutions is that workloads are located at the side of the network to make them quicker to work with. By moving the data closer to its source, it’s easy and quick to use. Less latency with computer interactions is involved, allowing apps and small hardware devices to act more nimbly despite having far less powerful hardware inside.
4. Remote Working Solutions
Remote working was considerably boosted by the need to socially distance and find solutions for office-based employees. Many companies are now accepting some degree of remoteness for employees on an ongoing basis.
Initially, technology solutions were limited due to a smaller target market. However, new technologies are being developed to facilitate employees getting an office-like experience from anywhere. Zoom is an obvious one, but advanced workflow management tools like Asana and others also come to mind.
With the continued interest in cutting out the commute, new multi-platform SaaS solutions smooth out the wrinkles of working from home. These continue to evolve and improve in their usefulness too.
Companies must quickly separate the emerging technologies that are worth exploring from those that are poorly executed, half-baked ideas. Circling back on poorly implemented solutions to see if they’ve massively improved in version 2.0 and 3.0 is worthwhile too.
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