Wearables: Technology is allowing us to keep track of everything: calories, steps, sleep patterns, TiVo, current events, weather, etc. In 2014, fitness bands like Jawbone’s Fitbit were novelties and fairly simplistic. New-and-emerging smartwatches were talked about, but not often seen on the streets (and not particularly fashionable or subtle).
Other wearables to keep an eye on are smartglasses. Google is leading the smartglasses industry with
Smart jewelry? Smart clothes? Those are all in our midst, too!
Portable Devices: In 2014, smartphone usage in the world surpassed 1 billion. This year, that number is expected to double. It started out as the “bricks” of the 1980s and 1990s with the Motorola DynaTac 8000x and the IBM Simon Personal Communicator and became the smaller and more compact phones from companies like Nokia. Then they put a camera on it, and the possibilities seemed endless. The Motorola Razr became the Blackberry Pearl (remember those?) and evolved into the Samsung Galaxy, Apple iPhone, Microsoft Lumia and Motorola Droid that we know and love today.
Can smartphones get much smarter? The simple answer is, yes. And not only will they get smarter, but it’s predicted that they will continue to get bigger. It is predicted that people will start looking for a single device with the functionality of multiple devices. Smartphones and tablets that serve many purposes and function as laptops are becoming increasingly popular, as shown by the new Microsoft Surface Pro series. Smartphones like the Samsung Note also have laptop-like functionality, making them ideal for working while on-the-go without having to carry around multiple devices. Cell phones are going to continue to grow this year, both in size and functionality.
Internet of Things: The Internet of Things (IoT) is the concept that everything has the ability to transfer data on a network. People, animals, cars; if it can be assigned an IP address, it can have “smart” capabilities. It’s estimated that in 2015, there will be 25 million “things” connected to the internet.
The prediction for 2015 is that more and more inanimate objects will be given smart capabilities. According to
The other 2015 prediction for the IoT is that it will be less about the hardware and more about the software. It will focus on platforms and applications rather than devices and networks. Many experts believe that this will be the year that we push the technology of 2014 to see just how far we can go with it.
Our prediction: End users will greatly benefit from them. Here are the new functions that we think Microsoft Dynamics users will get the most use out of in 2015.
- For marketers, CRM now offers an interactive marketing calendar, integrated Lync webinars, graphical marketing workflow and email editing are available.
- For salespeople, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 has introduced product families for bundling and product recommendations, visual sales hierarchies and tailored dashboards and analytics for mobile users.
- New Microsoft Dynamics GP capabilities include expanded and native workflows so customers can customize their solutions; single sign-on through Microsoft Azure Active Directory so users can work on many cloud-based Microsoft applications; service based architecture in order to lower the cost and time that customers and partners require to create and modify their business solutions.
Which trends are you watching? Are there any new tech devices that you're looking forward to seeing this year?
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