New Technology Trends in 2021

The world of technology is ever-growing, changing, progressing, and evolving. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 last year, IT professionals have realized their roles are changing as well. IT professionals have had to learn new trends and solutions, while unlearning what used to be normal operations. A digital revolution has exploded around the world with innovation, market development, and technological advancements. As we all evolve in the new technology world, there are 11 new trends to watch out for.

The Top 11 New Trending Technologies:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Distributed Cloud
  • Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
  • Edge Computing
  • Quantum Computing
  • Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Blockchain
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Microsoft 365
  • 5G
  • Cybersecurity

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Even though Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not a new field of discussion, there have been new advances in this area. AI has emerged as one of the leading technological developments due to its impacts on how we live, work, and play.

Known for image and speech recognition, ride-sharing apps, mobile personal assistants, and so much more, AI is increasing efforts to investigate interactions to discover undetected connections and to identify dynamic patterns among consumers.

The AI market is growing globally and creating new jobs that will pay machine learning engineers hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.

Distributed Cloud

Taking Cloud Computing to a whole new level brings about Distributed Cloud technology. This new trend distributes public cloud resources and infrastructure to different locations with different processes, updates, and other activities that are currently being handled by the original public cloud provider

The Distributed Cloud can assist in reducing risk of data loss, lowering costs, and decreasing latency. Technologies that involve processing large amounts of data will benefit with Distributed Cloud technology.

Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

Like AI, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a technology that automates repetitive tasks normally done by people. This software will interpret applications, process transactions, and even reply to emails. Essentially, this new technology automates jobs.

According to research conducted by Forrester, RPA could threaten approximately 9% of the global workforce, or 230 million workers. On the other hand, RPA will also create new jobs and alter existing jobs. Career opportunities offered by RPA include developer, project manager, business analyst, consultant, and more.

Edge Computing

As Cloud Computing has been the rising trend over the past couple of years, Edge Computing is the new technology trend that will surpass it. Edge Computing aims to resolve some Cloud Computing issues, such as latency, by having data exist closer to data storage systems.

This new technological trend will run fewer processes in the cloud and transfer data and information to places like the user’s computer or on an edge server, thus lowering bandwidth costs. Edge Computing will eliminate the gap between data and long-distance communication, while increasing process speed.

Quantum Computing

Another new technology trend of 2021 is Quantum Computing. Quantum Computing performs computations by utilizing superposition and quantum entanglement. Quantum computers can do everything that a regular computer can do but Quantum Computing does it much faster.

The Quantum Computing trend is being used in banking and financial institutions and was also used to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus by monitoring and analyzing data quickly.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Primarily used for gaming and military training simulations, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) is certainly a new technology trend to keep an eye on. VR allows a user to plunge into an alternate environment while AR enhances the environment.

This new trend will improve on the interactive experience of real-world environments such as training, entertainment, education, marketing, and healthcare. VR and AR work together for a complete real world and virtual world experience that replaces multiple user senses. We can expect to see this trend integrated more into our lives in many ways.

Blockchain

Blockchain technology is a new trend that deals with database management and record-keeping systems. Basically, a block of records or data is linked together with other blocks, creating a chain of information. With a Blockchain, you can add more blocks of data but you cannot change the previous block, offering more security of data and information.

Blockchain technology is a trend that will eliminate the need for a third party to oversee or validate transactions. This is the perfect example of Distributed Computing as it is a decentralized, distributed, and oftentimes public, digital ledger.

Internet of Things (IoT)

One of the most promising new technology trends is the Internet of Things (IoT). Consumers are already benefiting from IoT as it relates to “things” being created with WIFI connectivity, meaning information can be exchanged over the internet. IoT has enabled devices to communicate with and be connected to home appliances, cars, and so much more.

Businesses can benefit greatly from the IoT trend in that this will allow businesses to make better decisions, improve customer service, speed up medical care, and many others. As you watch this trend grow, you will see a more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems.

Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365, formerly known as Microsoft Office 365, is a solutions suite that offers great benefits for any size organization and is full of great applications, such as Outlook, Teams, OneDrive, and so many more. You can connect with customers and coworkers through the email and calendar services of Outlook. Your business can conduct virtual meetings, make calls, and share files through Microsoft Teams. Any member of your organization can manage files from anywhere through Microsoft’s OneDrive Cloud storage. You will have access to robust web applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well.

One of the benefits your organization will experience is the ability to work from anywhere, at any time, from any device. You are no longer tied to your desk. Another benefit is the security measures Microsoft 365 has in place to safeguard your business data. Finally, one of the best benefits is continuous support and guaranteed maintenance. Microsoft will do all the work for you to make sure that your suite, and all its applications, are constantly updated.

5G

As you may have already seen on TV commercials, 5G is a new force to be reckoned with. Using cutting edge technology and applications, including VR and AR, 5G is the fifth-generation technology standard for cellular networks.

5G is a new network that will have greater bandwidth, give higher download speeds, and will increase the possibility of new applications in IoT. According to the GSM Association, you can bet that this new trend will have more than 1.7 billion subscribers worldwide by 2025.

Cybersecurity

Finally, the most prominent new trend is Cybersecurity. With the latest damaging cyberattacks, the term Cybersecurity itself has become very prevalent. Even the President of the United States has issued an Executive Order on “Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity”.

Even though Cybersecurity is not a new concept, it is ever-evolving and changing, thus making it a trend to keep in mind. As cyber criminals create new malicious ways to access data, new technology needs to be adapted to enhance security.

Fuelled Networks and Trending Technology

Fuelled Networks prides itself on the ability to differentiate from your average MSP – we work hard on building strong relationships with our customers so we can provide them with more than just help with IT. We like to go above and beyond what’s expected, adding value to your business is what inspires us.

This is why we are keeping our eyes on these top technology trends of 2021, and we will do everything we can to incorporate these new trending technologies into our services. Understanding these new technological developments will allow us to tailor our Managed IT Services and IT Support to perfectly suit your business needs in our ever-changing technological world. For more information, reach out to our team of experts by calling (613) 828-1280 or send an email to info@fuellednetworks.com.

I have a strong passion for helping Ottawa Businesses, Entrepreneurs and professionals to become more productive and successful while allowing them to feel at ease and secure when it comes to their Information Technology needs. As the President of Fuelled Networks since 1998, I specialize in providing no-nonsense flawless and prompt technical support to Ottawa businesses, with in-depth consulting on Fortinet, Microsoft, Microsoft Cloud Stack and security. I strive to help businesses to succeed and take great pride in building long-lasting positive relationships and taking on a strong leadership role within the Ottawa community.

Published On: 9th April 2021 by Ernie Sherman.