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Top five technology trends for 2017


20 January 2017, by

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With so many new buzzwords and technologies, it is hard to determine which of these actually hold any clout in the modern business arena or have what it takes to become part of our lives in the future. Whilst we don’t profess to have all the answers here at Softwire, here are the top five trends that we believe will make a real impact in 2017.
Virtual Reality

We predict that VR will continue to be one of the most significant developments in the technology space this year. VR has the potential to complement and improve daily activities.  Facebook has marked its space in this arena and we are likely to see VR-related upgrades from the leading social media players. Social media channels are one of the best routes for pushing the boundaries of this technology. Products including Google Daydream Viewer and  Samsung VR have increased the level of content for consumers to digest and we’re likely to see this with games, movies, TV series and possibly gigs.

 

Augmented Reality

With the overwhelming success of games like Pokemon Go, brands now see the huge potential of this technology. It’s taken stampedes of people in parks, racing to catch their next Pikachu to make anyone pay attention. We predict that 2017 will see consumers less apprehensive of accepting AR on their smartphones and devices. In fact, with many of the shocks the world has faced in 2016, perhaps it may offer a more appealing ‘reality‘ whilst not completely detaching us from the outside world.

Following its recent upgrade, Microsoft’s mixed reality platform, ‘Windows Holographic’,  now promises a varied new set of reality experiences for Windows users. Apple could make a play for a seat at the table with AR offerings. Who knows, Magic Leap may even start shipping at some point later this year (well, maybe…).

Where AR surpasses its counterpart, VR, is in its hardware simplicity. There is no need to purchase additional complimentary hardware, there’s a much easier gateway to the experience – a mobile device. AR has the potential to enhance existing games, toys, work and retail and we’re excited to see what comes next.

 

Artificial Intelligence

During 2016, AI has developed significantly and as a result machine learning has become more universally understood. Consumers have benefited from the increased choice of digital voice assistants and it’s likely that many big players will see 2017 as an opportunity to take advantage of consumers’ understanding and appreciation of this growing tech trend.

With Google’s Assistant, and Amazon’s Echo marketing themselves as must-haves in the home, we could see champions such as Microsoft and Apple releasing their own respective Cortana and Siri-based competitive devices.  AI will continue to grow smarter and smarter.

 

Screen Technology

We will take advantage of some of the emerging tech,  AR and VR, on 4K screens and on smartphones. Yes, smartphones.  HDTV technology is old news, curved screens and 3D just aren’t hitting the right buttons. Creating bigger and bigger TVs will not win any innovation prizes. Why is this one of our top trends? We believe that the manufacturing tides of transformation are turning towards the smaller screens, specifically those we have at our constant disposal.

We have seen OLED (organic light-emitting diode display) technology rise to become the flagship technology for smartphone screens. This year we’re likely to see the technology leveraged to help create thinner and more battery-efficient smartphones.

Why is this important? Why should anyone care? Will anyone ever really notice? Consumers are becoming more familiar with slipping their smartphones into their VR headset of choice.

With the screen so close, only higher resolutions can deliver the best experiences.

 

Security and Privacy

With the growth in artificial intelligence and IoT devices security is a key question.  We will have thousands of connect devices, all communicating via the cloud, using real-time monitoring, logging, and data analytics – data on us. Security gaps with unpatched IoT devices could lead to significant compromises more damaging than previously thought.  In order for these technologies to move forward security and privacy issues need to be taken seriously.

 

We will be closely monitoring these trends during 2017 and delivering bespoke digital solutions to our valued clients, to find out more read our blog.

 

 

How to get the career you want – What do you want?


15 September 2016, by

This is the second in my series of posts about how to get the career you want. Step 1 in my infallible all-purpose career plan is to work out what you want to do.

How many of us really know what we want to do? And does anyone have a good way to find out if you don’t?

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How to get the career you want – Do it


13 September 2016, by

This is the fourth in my series of posts about how to get the career you want. Step 3 in my infallible all-purpose career plan is to execute the plan that you came up with in Step 2.

This is the step that really sounds the simplest. You’ve made a plan, so now you just need to follow it. Don’t be fooled though; this is the step where it’s easiest for us to trip ourselves up.

How often have you decided that you will do something, and then found that you didn’t actually do it? I will tidy the kitchen. Doh! If you’re anything like me – all the frigging time!

There are two things that work against us here FEAR and DOUBT.

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How to get the career you want – Make a plan


12 September 2016, by

This is the third in my series of posts about how to get the career you want. Step 2 in my infallible all-purpose career plan is to make a plan that will get you to where you want to be.

Now I bet that almost all of you make plans to execute tasks and projects all the time. But somehow when you come to make a plan to achieve a big scary career goal, it doesn’t seem so easy. Sure, you say, I’d love to be Managing Director, but how on earth would I ever get there?

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How to get the career you want – Intro


5 September 2016, by

I recently gave a lunch and learn on how to get the career that you want.

I find this a fascinating subject, as all of us have so much more potential than we realise and could achieve all of our dreams with sustained application.

Of course I can only speak from my own experience. My thoughts come from my own journey to become Managing Director (you can hear more about that here – https://youtu.be/DqRPymBHAPM), my career chats I have with other members of Softwire and my experience outside of my job trying to make a second career in acting.

The basic way to get anything you want is really simple.

  1. Work out what you want to do
  2. Make a plan
  3. Do it

The challenge is that each of those steps is harder than you think. I’ll write about each in a separate blog post.

In the meantime, I made a list of my top career tips.

  1. Work hard; find what helps you to work hard
  2. Discover self-efficacy – what have you done that made a difference?
  3. What do you want to do? I recommend the Artist’s Way
  4. Leap into a big goal (5+ years)
  5. Find a way to be buoyed up by your successes (use http://achievements.io)
  6. Don’t stop; don’t go too fast (I use this tip for jogging!) i.e. KEEP GOING