2021 Digital trends to watch out for

None of us predicted that the year 2020 would be like it was; this entire year was responsible to create more digital transformation than the entire decade combined, with every transformation accelerated. While many of the technologies anticipated for the coming year like more advances in AI, VR, cloud computing, etc., it is still questionable that which of these will dominate our lives and if there are any other, newer technologies take the lead. Only time will tell, but here are our top seven digital transformation predictions for 2021.

5G

It has been quite some time we've all been hearing about this coming to our routine life, but 2021 will bring it for real. With the need for better, faster, secure ways of staying at home and being able to do the work remotely, reliable connectivity and more bandwidth have become real. Humans have been more relying on their gadgets like phones, laptops, tablets, than ever. Today, businesses cannot afford to be disconnected, and 5G deployments have become a vital part of the solution. As we collectively continue to work and manage school from our homes, the value of 5G will become increasingly mainstream in 2021. Meanwhile, major telecom device brands like Samsung, Apple, Sony are prepping up this big change and helping make 5G affordable to as many smartphone users as possible next year.

Cybersecurity

Never losing its importance philosophically, with the pandemic, cybersecurity has become more relevant than ever. Hackers have exploited the coronavirus pandemic to expand their campaigns of attacks against businesses worldwide. A total of 600% increase in attacks on cloud servers was observed in this year. With fewer employees working onsite on the same secure network, it is imperative that companies shore up their networks and upgrade their cybersecurity strategies, and expand them to home networks and mobile work-from-home devices.
It may be AI and Machine Learning for this trend as we continue to see the increase in attempted nefarious activities require more sophisticated tools and algorithms to fish out. This will prove to be a big opportunity for companies like Cisco in areas of firewalls and intrusion detection as well as companies like Splunk and IBM for security identify and event management (SIEM).

AI

The novel Coronavirus and the pandemic have triggered spurring in the use of AI and data. Virtually overnight, companies, governments, and other agencies found themselves needing to work together to create a faster solution to stop the spread of the virus. Data, AI, and machine learning were the tools that they naturally turned to. This shall continue into 2021 as well and will likely expand to a breadth of pressing opportunities that these types of groups are now uniquely equipped to tackle, like solving global and market problems faster and in a well-equipped way.
While AI may sound of a “Future” trend, it is very much a part of our everyday lives. Impacting what we see on social media to movies recommended on Netflix or products that are suggested when we are shopping on Amazon, it is all AI.

Folding and multi-screen devices

With focus on being always connected, customers want devices that are lighter, smaller, more connected and also versatile. Instead of carrying several devices, users are interested in hybrid devices that can double as phones or as tablets, and can fold and unfold depending on their needs. 2021 will see the return of folding phones, smarter and able to provide the same high quality and connectivity as non-folding phones. Aside from fitting more snugly in a pocket, factor for storage is also there; many leading companies are focusing on making such phones with better storage, tougher screen as well as reliable.

Data Privacy

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) dominates the dimensions of data privacy and will continue to do so, even in 2021. According to a recent survey conducted online, CEO's tend to rank data privacy among top 3 policies most impactful to their business. most of which are "very actively" looking to shape data privacy policy. There are, however, few issues in data privacy, like -

- Increased consumer awareness about company practices on collecting and using personal data

- Trust has become a core element of brand protection

- More data and applications are shifting to the cloud— majority of the businesses expect to be cloud-only by the end of 2021

- The jobs in privacy industry are booming; there has been a 75% increase in jobs with "privacy" in the title

- Identity management functionality gains importance

IOT

There are several Internet of Things (IoT) trends that will make an impact in 2021. Firstly, it is the Security. With hundreds of millions attacks on IoT, the efforts to increase security in IoT is heavily underway by 2021. Secondly, Software as a Service (SaaS) is becoming increasingly popular, with customers enjoying cost reduction and service providers being able to develop and sell more sophisticated solutions on a large scale. Thirdly, Smart homes, Devices with voice interfaces are becoming more widespread, cementing the rising trend of home automation. Lastly, Healthcare sector can benefit from IoT via new drugs and implants, chronic disease and post-surgery monitoring, early warning systems for risk groups, smart tricorders and wearable devices, and medical and diagnostic smart tools for clinicians. The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is expected to grow in billions by 2021.

Augmented Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR)

2020 has been the eventful year for Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality; from entertainment usage to business applications, these immersive technologies have made their way into every aspect of life. The outbreak of COVID-19 has significantly prompted these technologies adoption as businesses turned to work from home or remote work model. The use of AR and VR allows companies as well as individuals to work, talk, and socialize with others, as these technologies can create large simulation environments. While the world is approaching 2021, augmented reality and virtual reality will continue to have an optimal impact on industries. Few AR and VR trends in 2021 are:

  • Indoor Navigation - AR is used to see the object users want before purchase. AR indoor navigation is available for a variety of practices at home, college, and business and even useful for hospitals, museums, as well as airports.
  • Remote Assistance - AR can help technicians or engineers to see on-site situations in real-time using their mobile phones or laptop. Through this, they will be able to assess everything and send the files with proper notes to remote locations, which will remain locked on the shared scene.
  • Virtual Sports Events - COVID-19 pandemic has forced authorities to postpone sports events, the use of AR is entering the mainstream as broadcasters, owners, sponsors, and teams look for new ways to reach fans and generate new streams of revenue.

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