Whether you realize it or not, technology has revolutionized nearly every aspect of our lives. From commuting, working, cooking and engaging in recreational activities, we're constantly using technology.
#1) Digital Check-In for Events
It's time to say "goodbye" to paper to paper check-in forms at events, trade shows and corporate parties. This archaic method is slowly being phased out in favor of digital check-ins.
Conventional wisdom should tell you that it's faster, easier and more resource-efficient for guests to check in to an event via an app as opposed to signing their name and information on a piece of paper. In the old days, event guests would sign their name and personal information on a paper "sign in" form. Doing so is a time-consuming, laborious and downright tedious task, which is why many event planners are shifting their focus to digital check-in methods.
There are several solutions available for digital check-ins, though one of the most popular is the Check In Easy app. Used by more than 20,000 professional event planners, Check In Easy lives up to its namesake by simplifying the check-in process. Available for Android and Apple devices, the app features a pay-as-you go system in which event planners pay only for the number of guests they need to check in.
#2) Internet of Things
What is the Internet of Things (IoT) and how will it affect our daily lives? The IoT refers to a collection of common everyday devices and machines that are connected to the Internet. It wasn't long ago when computers were the only devices with Internet connectivity. Now, however, the average home has seven devices connected to the Internet.
Whether it's a smart TV, smartphone, tablet, video game console, smart refrigerator, or even a smart thermostat, the IoT is all around us. It opens the doors to a whole new world of possibilities, adding advanced features to devices that were previously not available. Some smart refrigerators, for instance, can be accessed with a smartphone app. If you're at the grocery store and can't remember if you have milk at home, you can check your refrigerator using the app.
This is also expanding quickly into the business and professional space. Healthcare and dental practices are becoming connected environments with their devices. Groups like Curve Dental are helping lead the charge by providing cutting edge dental practice management software.
As explained in this Forbes article, the IoT isn't used strictly for recreational and/or consumer purposes; it's also used for professional purposes. The article cites several real-world examples in which the IoT is used by businesses, including telecommuting, data analytics, inventory tracking, productivity and more.
#3) Conversational Systems
According to Gartner, conversational systems are a top tech trend for 2017A conversational system can consist of something basic like text or voice systems (e.g. Amazon Echo, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana, etc.). Users can ask questions like "What day of the month is it?" or they can ask personalized questions about their own agenda, such as "Is my flight on time?"
It's easier and more convenient to ask questions as opposed to typing them in a computer. Perhaps we'll see the world of tech gradually shifting in this direction, as manufacturers and organizations develop devices around this technology.
Conversational systems aren't limited strictly to voice. Google has implemented conversational technology in its search ranking algorithm. More specifically, it uses an algorithm dubbed "hummingbird" to analyze and predict user intent. In turn, this creates more relevant search results for users, helping Google retain its title of the world's #1 search engine.
#4) Automated Cyber Security
Cyber security has become a top concern among business owners and professionals -- and for rightfully so. From the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Office for Personnel Management (OPM), to the White House and HealthCare.gov website, no organization is off limits to hackers. And according to the Global State of Information Security Survey 2016, there were 38% more security incidents detected in 2015 than in 2015.
Fending off potential cyber attacks isn't easy, nor is it cheap. The median pay for an Information Security Analyst in the U.S. is $90,120. Therefore, hiring an entire team of security analysts can easily send companies into financial turmoil.
The good news is that companies can automate their cyber security practices with a tool like Outlier. Using agentless scanning technology, it collects data (network logs, application logs, browser history files, system files, binaries, etc.) about security threats and vulnerabilities on Windows systems. After collecting this data, Outlier encrypts the data and sends it to its Endpoint Analytics Platform on the cloud, where it's analyzed to identify security threats.
#5) Custom Mobile Apps
Granted, mobile apps are nothing new. Apple launched its "App Store" back in July 2008 (one year after the iPhone launched), marking the beginning of a new mobile-centric era. Within just a few days, Apple users had downloaded more than 10 million apps to their devices.
It's safe to assume mobile app usage will continue to grow in the years to come. Up until now, however, only major companies and large-scale organizations had the resources to develop their own apps. Thanks to advancements in the field of app development, though, even small businesses can now enter this field.
Of course, developing a mobile app is easier said than done. Mozr, however, takes this burden off your shoulders by providing industry-leading custom Android apps. If you're a business owner who wants to connect with your audience via the mobile platform, you should consider investing in Mozr's services. Whether it's developing a new app from scratch or porting your existing Apple iOS app to Android, their team of highly trained engineers can help.