The 25 Most Disruptive Tech Trends for 2016 – 2017
February 20, 2017
An avalanche of technology trends and predictions come with each passing year. I attended a Meetup in Sydney recently where thoughts and predictions for the upcoming year were discussed. I have decided to come up with this list, detailing the technology trends that IT professionals and consumers alike need to be aware of.
Look at this as a list 1.0. It consists of the top technology trends that I have noticed and have significant input about. Let’s jump into the list:
- The future of SEM and SEO isn’t Google: A huge proportion of online consumers are influenced by the options and comments of other online shoppers (about 88 percent to be exact). An increasing number of these users are heading to sites like Pinterest or YouTube, while others are entering their searches directly into apps.
- Social media is dead: Social media is expected to eventually transform into part of a digital retail ecosystem as real-time marketing delivery systems become more advanced. The numbers of users who use these platforms strictly for communications will continue to decrease.
- Messaging apps have become the new social media: This statement is self-explanatory.
- Competition with foreign countries, particularly China and Japan will continue to push messaging technology forward: Basic economics here. As other regions compete for a larger share of the social media sphere, more money will be poured into research and development of more efficient technologies in a bid to dominate the market.
- Chinese innovation will eventually shake up global technology markets.
- Apps that started as novelties will redefine the entire app industry.
- It won’t be called the Internet of Things for much longer: It will eventually become the Internet of Everything. The internet is just getting started. By 2020, there will be approximately 40 billion devices connected to the internet, and that is just the beginning.
- Wearable devices will have a hard time finding their place: Sure, gizmos you can wear are cute and all, but most have singular functions or none at all. This is certainly an immature tech sector that needs a lot more work or some cutting-edge development.
- It’s all about the kids: Forget about the millennials, members of generation Z are the first humans to be born into a world that is already immersed in all sorts of mobile technology.
- Virtual and augmented reality will continue to play an increasing role with app and gaming technology.
- Vine, YouTube, and other similar platforms are slowly becoming the new Hollywood: The number of independent content creators on these sites continues to increase as the strong financial system that supports them grows. Youtubers and Viners are now becoming more popular than traditional celebrities. Expect more marketers and advertiser to continue to jump into this market.
- The cyber security sector will continue to grow: As internet technology continues to grow, so does the need to keep these systems secure.
- Greedy corporations might impeded internet growth: There are still companies out there that feel the internet should not be open to all so they can keep their profits steady. This has the potential to limit growth if not checked.
- Artists will continue to fight back against content streaming: Who needs to pay for music when you can play it for free. Music sales continue to plummet as consumers have little incentive to pay for albums. Streaming services follow a similar model to radio stations, which means artists aren’t making as much they would make from album sales. Many in the industry at the moment feel unappreciated. Expect them to look for new ways to deal with the “streaming problem.”
- Crowd funding will continue to accelerate change: No need to worry about capital if you have a great business idea nowadays. Crowdfunding has become popular, which has made it for possible for new companies to emerge in industries that are typically only open to the major players. Expect these rebels to shake things up.
- Customer experience will take a turn for the worse as Wall Street re-emerges: Investors and stock holders have a hard time figuring out what value things like positive customer experiences have on a company’s bottom line. After all, Wall Street analysts accused JetBlue of being too focused on their brand and customer satisfaction. So much for the CEO – who was fired shortly after – thinking narrower seats, extra fees, and poor customer service wasn’t the way to go! Expect this trend to continue.
- Cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin will continue to force us to look at money differently: There are close to 200 cryptocurrencies in circulation right now, and Bitcoins are the most popular. The number of Bitcoin users around the world continues to increase, and it will eventually lead to the world looking at the concept of currency differently.
- Mobile Payments will eventually pick up steam: Right now, only about 8 percent of smartphone users say they’ve made at least one payment by tapping or scanning their devices, but that number will gradually increase and eventually skyrocket.
- Sharing economy isn’t all it’s cracked to be: The sharing economy is really about getting you to rent or borrow things instead of owning them. More things will be available “one demand” across a wide range of devices and apps.
- New enterprise drone management systems will change how logistics work: These advanced drone management systems mean a lot more than having packages or pizza dropped off by drones. Drones will also change how businesses interact with one another. Expect personal mailboxes of the future to be upgraded to be able to accept drone deliveries.
- Cyber warfare emerges as major war arena: The political battles of the future will be fought online.
- Forget about personal privacy: That’s a thing of the past. It’s been traded for a false sense of security and better customer experience. The trend where companies get you to sign off your privacy rights to use their services will continue to grow.
- Funnel marketing and mass personalization will impact how business is done: An increasing number of companies will continue to use the information they collect from their customers to improve their services and improve customer satisfaction.
- Huge beacons and data: Beacons give business lots of opportunities to collect large amounts of new data. Retailers can then use this information to improve the goods and services they provide.
- Webrooms will become more common than showrooms: There are a few reasons for this. For one millennials love webrooms. Secondly, Amazon (an online retailer) remains the top target for showrooms and webrooms. And thirdly, an increasing number of companies are combining online and brick and mortal experiences.
If you have any other thoughts on new tech trends for 2017 and beyond please comment here – CITI Recruitment is keen to here your ideas!
IT Recruitment Consultant
I am a real people person and spent over a decade in language studies, coaching and sales. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Languages and Literature, a Master's degree in English and a PhD in Translation studies (#nerd). However, a serendipitous event got me into IT recruitment. And I’m loving it! Why? Recruiting has allowed me to leverage my passion for building and maintaining rewarding relationships with my clients while remaining challenged to find the perfect candidates and, in my case, it has also allowed me to keep updated with all the technology trends out there. I take pride in ensuring that placements are a strong match for both parties. There’s nothing more exciting than helping smart people find their next challenge. If I’m not working, I’m probably learning a new language, enjoying a glass of nice champagne or traveling. Also, I love meeting new people and learning new things, so feel free to connect and share your experience. :) If you are looking at hiring or contemplating your next career move in IT hit me up on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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