2019 Was a good year for tech, with some major acquisitions, new innovations etc. that kept tech enthusiasts on edge. Now, many folks are wondering what the new technology trends will be for 2020.
This comes as no surprise since technology is developing and evolving at a rapid pace and no one wants to be left behind. Having knowledge of what the key technological trends for 2020 will be puts individuals and businesses in a position to look to the future and plan ahead.
Let’s take a look at the top technology trends that have been predicted for 2020!
1) 5G Data Networks:
The roll-out of 5G networks has been a long time coming and this will be met by a lot of enthusiasm by mobile phone users throughout the globe. Although 5G networks first became available this year, they have been quite expensive and have been limited only to major cities. This is a pity since the increased bandwidth of 5G networks give one much faster download speeds and a much better mobile connection and those lucky enough to have experienced 5G certainly do not want to look back.
The good news is that the coming year will see a wider roll-out of 5G networks, making it more widely accessible with better coverage, and at more affordable prices. This means that you could soon be benefiting from faster internet speed on your phone with the ability to stream better quality music, videos and online content at lightning speed while on the go or at home.
5G is not only a wonderful convenience for individuals but businesses will also enjoy its faster and more stable connections wherever they happen to be.
2) Flatter Organizational Structures:
Companies are finally realizing that too much management is a bad thing as it hinders productivity and operational efficiency.
Flatter structures are replacing more traditional, hierarchical ones to improve the way in which the company operates and processes information.
Over the past few years, the average man on the street has been gaining increased access to new technologies, knowledge, design trends, data and development. Experts have predicted that 2020 will see this becoming much more widespread, with most people being able to access business or technical information without the need for extensive training.
This is also known as “citizen access” and has come about due to new developments in technology and more user-friendly software and data for the layman. You therefore do not need to be trained in the technical industry to have access to and, sometimes make use of) innovative technological products and services. In fact, all that is required is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn new concepts!
Automation is not a new concept and has been around for many years. However, hyperautomation is a fairly recent development and involves applying advanced technological ideas (such as machine learning and artificial intelligence) to further increase the automation of processes that previously were performed by humans.
In the past year or so, hyperautomation has been refining and improving the sophistication of robotic tools in order to analyze, monitor, design and automate at a higher level.
This has resulted in what is known as digital twinning of an organization’s human counterpart. Of course, no digital tool could ever replace the uniqueness of a human being, but 2020 will make them much more effective, efficient and strategic.
In the coming year, we can therefore expect to see an increase in digital twins in organizations which will allow management to visualize how they can improve operational efficiency and drive value through the hyperautomation process.
5) Autonomous Driving:
While self-driving vehicles have been around for a couple of years, we are definitely not at a point where folks routinely travel in autonomous vehicles.
In 2020, we can expect a lot of development from the Tesla company when it comes to autonomous driving as they plan to release a completely self-driven vehicle in the next few months. Such vehicles will be able to brake automatically, change lanes and manage speed while the car’s owner sits back and relaxes.
Cars will not be the only vehicles that can be automated as there are currently incredible breakthroughs in the automation of delivery vehicles and trucks.
6) Digital Debit:
Do you enjoy using convenient payment options such as Apple or Google Pay? Well, 2020 will see the launch of another great payment method in the form of Facebook’s Libra, which is an innovative cryptocurrency.
These advances in payment methods will soon mean that traditional banks will not hold the monopoly in this area and that consumers will have more of a say!
7) RPA and Chatbot integration, “no-coding” chatbots:
Avi Benezra, one of the first masterminds to create “no-coding” chatbots said “it’s interesting that finally Microsoft and other big tech players jumped on board with no-coding chatbots. Obviously we have several years lead over them because by now, we have integrated an entire ecosystem that encompasses omnichannel communication, RPA to automate daily tasks and cut down on human error – and off course much safer payment systems through AI-assisted payment processors that remove humans as the weaker link in card fraud. Where we are ahead, is that our no-coding chatbots rely on a sophisticated chatbot store, where you can buy chatbots from the best developers in the world – similar to how you’d buy a WordPress theme from the best web developers at a fraction of the price.”
Yes, 2020 will be packed with tech surprises: Innovation is happening faster than ever and new trends will no doubt keep disrupting workforces and industries around the globe.
Google Launches Page Speed Report in Search Console, Calls it ‘an Experiment’
The highly anticipated page speed report in Search Console that was shown off earlier this year will be rolled out soon by Google. The giant officially previewed the new page speed report in May after first uncovering it in back in February. Thus waiting nearly 9 months for this report to launch.
The site owners can benefit from the Google search console page speed report, according to KrisHolten, as the new page speed report pulls data from the Chrome User Experience Report and automatically groups URLs into the categories of “Fast,” Moderate,” and “Slow.” It looks exactly like other Search Console reports that group URLs together based on how well they meet certain criteria like having a valid structured data markup.
If the user click on one of the identified issues to learn more information it will bring the user to Google’s Page Speed Insights tool. From here, the site owners can learn more about how to optimize their pages to solve the specific issue. In addition to just checking on the slow and moderate pages the user can also drill deeper into the fast pages to learn more about their performance.
In fact, Google recommends using this report for monitoring performance over time and also for tracking website fixes. The site owners can return to the report to track when an issue is fixed. The users can actually experience a performance improvements. Google is calling this report ‘experimental’ as it will be revised and improved upon over time.
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