There was a point in time when e-mail was considered cutting-edge tech. Before that, businesses were considered tech-savvy if they had their own fax machines. Technology, though, is continually evolving. What companies needed three years ago is nowhere near what they need today to thrive. CIO Magazine, naturally, recognizes this. That’s why the magazine so emphasized the evolving nature of technology when it listed its top tech trends for companies. The trends that the magazine’s editors have cited will definitely change the way businesses operate in 2013. If you’re a smart business owner, you’ll pay particularly close attention to them.
Hospitals and BYOD
Last year, according to CIO Magazine, the BYOD movement took hold in small businesses throughout the country. This movement, standing for bring your own device, allowed more employees to bring their laptops and tablets to their offices, get connected to a secure network and complete their tasks utilizing their own devices. The benefits? Employees work faster when they’re working on their personal devices, increasing their productivity. And businesses save money by not having to supply desktop computers for all of their workers. This year, CIO Magazine predicts, even more companies will embrace BYOD. We’ll even see employees at hospitals and other highly secure businesses working on their personal iPads and laptops.
3-D Printing Continues to Soar
3-D printing is a marvel to many people. It feels almost like magic. However in 2013, 3-D printing will end up being less awe-inspiring and more of a given. That’s good news for the industry. It signifies that a growing number of companies are recognizing the value of 3-D printers. 3-D printers today let businesses fabricate their own plastic parts. That’s pretty incredible. It’s little surprise that business owners continue to embrace this technology in 2013.
The End of Passwords?
Tired of memorizing dozens of passwords? Don’t worry. The editors at CIO Magazine predict that passwords will soon go the way of the milkman. That is because more companies, recognizing how easy it can be for hackers to crack most passwords, will make use of biometric security. As CIO explains, biometrics uses the iris of your eye, your voice or your fingerprints as security. No one can get into your laptop or computer or important accounts simply by guessing your password is your son’s first name.
Posted on: 02.20.13