As you think ahead to 2018, and how your business will change and grow, let’s talk about technology and what role it will play.

Websites will be responsive—meaning they’ll be designed in a way that works on any platform, including smartphones, tablets, and large or small monitors.

Why create a separate mobile version of your website if you can have one that works on everything? And your company must be accessible via mobile devices by the end of 2018.

Smartphone apps or accessories will be more sophisticated and, dare we say, intuitive. Think Star Trek tricorders.

Software and hardware will become more interactive and very wearable. We’ll still have our workhorses, but we’ll also be able to do more with smaller pieces of equipment.

Cloud computing will be standard, and biometric authentication will start to replace passwords.

3D printing will be mainstream, thanks to affordable printers, and artists and inventors will be able to do small runs of whatever they want through “virtual factories.”

The use of mobile payment systems, such as Google Wallet, will become more commonplace.

The coming year will bring solutions to the challenge of Big Data, allowing companies practical access and use of the huge amount of data that’s being collected.

A problem that may not find a solution in 2018 is the ease of integration of all of our tech tools and toys.

What does your tech crystal ball show you for 2018? What about five years from now?

It’s hard to imagine what technology will bring us in five or 10 years—we anticipate it outpacing our dreams.

By Danny Tehrani

 

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