What are the top tech trends that will redefine and drive the post-COVID era? The pandemic has proved to be a challenge for everyone, and the way things operate has changed for many. For example, remote working and online classes are the new norm for the IT and the education industries, respectively. Hence, there is a need for more advanced technology and connectivity solutions from all quarters.
4 Top Tech Trends That Will Drive the Post-COVID Era
Enterprises and tech innovators have risen to the challenge mentioned above and are transforming all industries. Digital transformation is on the rise like never before and is constantly evolving and allowing organizations to adapt to the changes. In this context, here are top tech trends that will drive the post-COVID era forward to the future and how they do it.
1. Cloud Computing
Cloud computing was already on the rise, even before the pandemic. But, once most operations and people went remote, the cloud saw a significant demand and essentially became the norm for many business and service operations. Many companies are now 'cloud-first' or 'cloud-only' and will continue to be so, regardless of the duration of the pandemic. Some of the significant advantages of cloud computing as a top tech trend are:
- Allowing collaboration tools
- Universal access to data
- Easy data storage and backup
- Scalability 2. Artificial Intelligence (AI)
While it is still some way away from perfectly replicating the human mind, artificial intelligence has a lot to offer businesses. From automating processes to generating better user experiences, many enterprises stand to benefit from AI technology and its various subsets. The evidence is all over the place. Utilizing AI in cloud computing has also improved business performance, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness for enterprises. Here are some of the applications/examples.
- Virtual assistants/AI bots
- Surveillance systems
- Automated processes
- AI-based applications 3. Internet of Things (IoT)
In simple terms, the Internet of Things is all about bringing the power of internet connectivity to devices that are not computers to perform various tasks such as sending, receiving, and at times, processing data. The prime elements of the Internet of Things are devices that collect data. These devices range from tiny sensors to fitness trackers to giant autonomous apparatus performing complex physical tasks. Since these devices are connected to the internet, they have unique IP addresses. The collected data is then transferred to central processing points (for example, a cloud server), processed, and analyzed so that enterprises can take actions according to the results.
The applications of IoT devices are categorized into consumer, industrial, commercial, and infrastructure. Here are some of the benefits and applications of IoT.
- Data access from remote devices
- Remote monitoring
- Real-time tracking
- New business insights 4. 5G Connectivity
5G technology reduces latency to levels that can be called real-time. The latency level of 3G is averaged at 100 milliseconds; with 4G, it is about 30 milliseconds, and with 5G, it is as low as 1 millisecond. With such low latency, 5G becomes an ideal companion for edge devices, cloud, AI, and the like. The major advantages are:
- Ultra-fast connectivity
- Low latency
- Improved monitoring and analysis
- Faster access to cloud environments
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