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7 tech predictions for 2016

It’s that time of year when we look back over the last twelve months and try to predict what we’ll all be talking about in the weeks and months to come.

So, the question is, which of our predictions for the top technology trends of 2016 do you see impacting your business?

1. Make IT a bigger focus

In 2016, SMBs should put IT at the centre of their business, changing the ways they operate and interact with customers. Technology will be used even more to accomplish primary business objectives, generate new revenue streams and improve agility and collaboration.

2. Head into the cloud

One of the biggest barriers to cloud adoption among SMBs has been in identifying the right cloud model for their business. In 2016, SMBs that don’t embrace new ways of cloud computing will be at a major disadvantage against those looking to see a proper return on investment, whether that’s through tailored configurations of software upgrades or better remote accessibility and communications.

3. Make security a bigger priority

Given the constantly changing IT landscape, ensuring data and network safety should be a priority. Alongside educating workforces on how to better protect themselves and their employer, traditional defences will need to be regularly re-evaluated to identify and respond to threats. This will not only protect businesses from attack, but from the possibility of a hefty fine for data loss.

4. Take advantage of AAS (as-a-service)

AAS provides SMBs with services that were once exclusively "in-house" but now are offered externally for a manageable, predictable, monthly subscription. AAS gives businesses access to superior expertise and experience, and, most importantly, best-in-class disaster recovery, security and data backup, allowing SMBs to concentrate time and money on meeting their prime business objectives.

5. The power of analytics

Without analytics, no SMB can truly know if the continual integration of technology into their business is having the desired effect. As well as enabling SMBs to understand whether or not they've adopted the right technology strategies, analytics can also offer sector insights, providing opportunities to seize competitive edge. In 2016, analytics is something SMBs can't afford to ignore.

6. Seamless experience across devices

From mobile devices and wearables to electronic devices of all kinds and IoT (Internet of Things) sensors, the mesh of interconnected devices is about to grow even more complex. Following on from this, the "ambient user experience" principle is about exploiting augmented and virtual reality to provide a continuous user experience across all devices and channels.

7. The PA in your pocket

Autonomous agents are all about leaving their owners free to concentrate on the things that require a human touch. Software-based smart machines and virtual personal assistants (VPAs) like Cortana and Siri are just the beginning in a world where smartphone users will increasingly interact with an intelligent agent that handles menial tasks on their behalf.  2016 could even be the year we start to see digital shop floor assistants…

So, do you agree?

Tell us what you think via LinkedIn, or tweet @eclipseinternet using #tech2016.

Happy Christmas!