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IT trends for 2020

The start of a new year is always a good time to look at developments and innovations in the industry. Ask any IT expert what they think will be the next big thing in IT and you’ll probably receive a different answer from each of them. The list could be exhaustive but here we take a look at just a handful of the trends we think will have an impact in 2020.

Cyber security

Could 2020 be the year that small businesses start to take cyber security seriously? The threat of cybercrime has never been more significant, and as such business of all shapes and sizes need to consider how they protect their systems and data.

Putting the right software and security systems in place is crucial, we predict this will be something that smaller businesses start to acknowledge this year.

Threats are evolving all the time and becoming increasingly sophisticated so it has never been more important to have security in place. In addition to putting preventative measures in place, businesses should also be proactively planning for how they would react should the unthinkable happen. Having a disaster recovery plan can mean the difference between business success and failure.

Cloud solutions

Cloud based solutions aren’t new, but we can only see use of the cloud increasing. We have seen the benefits that cloud solutions can bring to businesses across a range of industries in helping them to collaborate more effectively and improve overall productivity.

Remote working is continuing to rise and cloud-based storage and software will be key to facilitating this for many organisations this year.

3D printing

There has been hype surrounding 3D printing for years but at times it has felt as though this incredible technology hasn’t quite taken off.  2020 might just be the year when we start to see practical applications for 3D printing become significantly more popular.

5G

By the end of 2020 we’ll have seen a dramatic shift from 4G to 5G. The move to 5G will mean significantly higher speeds and will allow for improved mobile data security.  The increase in the use of 5G will lead to other developments such as an increase in mobile 3D gaming and more use of augmented reality.

Mobile payments

Apple Pay and Google Wallet are supporting growth in e-commerce and making it far easier for consumers to make purchases online, while on the move. 5G, along with apps integrating payment gateways, will all contribute to more mobile payments this year.

If the above has made you think about your cyber security or has got you wondering about whether cloud services could help improve your productivity then get in touch. We’ll be happy to discuss your requirements and how we can help.