After cloud computing, Big Data and mobility come stalking other technological phenomena.

It begins September … and begins the return to the cole. Also for the companies, that after the summer vacations and with the recomposed teams, formed entirely again, can begin to plan strategies for a new course . Such strategies should not lack key concepts such as digital transformation and Workspaces 3.0 . Work environments need to leave behind old concepts and adapt to the needs of collaboration, creativity, modernity and flexibility of schedules that professionals demand today. Because they can also be more productive, and perform better in a more competitive world.

This course will again be marked by a good dose of technology. With trends like cloud computing , Big Data analysis and mobility more established, or at least better known, and recognized, it is time to set new challenges and assess what emerging phenomena have to offer. Among them, there are five that you should not lose sight of , for everything that could bring you. And for everything that will grow over the next few years. They are:

1. The blockchain . One of the most powerful phenomena that exist today is the blockchain . Generally in association with the Bitcoin virtual currency, blockchain or block chain technology opens the way for reliable transactions, without intermediaries, in a decentralized way. It has obvious banking applications. But the truth is that its possibilities rise far beyond pure and hard financial transactions. It is an invention that can help in insurance, and also serve at a security level for issues such as authentication and identity management. Trust in the blockchainfor the distribution of content, for supply, for energy, for intellectual property … You are even given the chance to promote food security, as IBM is doing . 57% of the big companies already deploy blockchain or are considering it.

2. Virtual reality . When speaking of virtual reality, it is often also spoken of augmented reality, as if it were an inseparable pair. Although they are not the same. Virtual reality is a totally digital concept; while augmented reality combines the digital part with the physical world, superimposing information to improve the final interaction. Both have wood of corporate technology, they grow and they will continue to grow, although at the moment the one that more impulse is winning is the first one of them. Virtual reality enables immersion experiences. Experts imagineuse cases for her in the company ranging from personalization of the product experience to inspection, repair and maintenance releasing hands or as a channel of communication with employees. Customers could also be associated . By 2018, by the way, a quarter of virtual reality glasses should be directed to the company.

3. Smart assistants . Everything that has to do with artificial intelligence, automatic learning, deep learning, speech recognition or even remote assistance will give a lot to speak in months (and years) to come. Although today attendees like Google Assistant, Apple Siri, Amazon’s Alexa or Microsoft’s Cortana triumph among consumers, then they will gain a place in the office. Through possibly wearable or even tucked into speakers that are controlled by voice. It should come as no surprise that they will soon incorporate this technology into hospitality and remote care industries. It is expected to come into play in sectors as diverse as health care and retail. The virtual assistants automate tasks and solve doubts immediately, they are handled between data and customize situations. Its advantages are obvious. Not to mention the chatbots and their resources in support and marketing .

4. The internet of things . There are already millions and millions of connected devices in the world. But in 2018 there will be more. And in 2019 even more. And so on. Gartner estimatesthat in 2020 will be 20.8 billion connected things in use. People and objects will be closer than ever. The cities will be smart cities . And offices will be able to take advantage of that omnipresent connectivity. Smarter installations will require installation thermostats, lighting systems and special sound elements, state-of-the-art printers, certain televisions, devices with sensors … and, of course, there will be control applications from the mobile, to regulate the operation from anywhere. Of course, the challenge will be security , because the doors to cybercrime multiply, as recent threats like the Mirai botnet have shown . Another challenge is to learn how to process the data well.

5. Autonomous driving . Vehicles will end up being a part of the internet of things, as they become smarter and even learn to drive alone , without the driver’s help or need for a steering wheel. And it is an area in which several giantsare investing large amounts, a few zeros, because it is the future. In fact, here too there is space for you. When it comes to getting involved in the transformation of cars to more powerful machines, not everything is going to be building cars, your company can be a part of the new paradigm and contribute its bit through any component that enrich For example, with software development, application adaptation … Or directly, you have the option to take advantage of innovations that have already been created as Skype for Business in the car. Standalone cars will arrive. In 2025, 15% of those sold will be, according to Canalys.