This year, cybersecurity will be the main issue vexing global business, firms say, and it will become more critically important as the internet of things takes off and our world becomes ever more mobile and connected.
Lawyers, accountants, digital agencies, research analysts, telecoms and tech firms all gave Technology of Business their views on what the key tech trends were likely to be in 2016.
Here’s a summary of the main themes that emerged.
- Cybercrime and a renewed emphasis on cybersecurity
- The internet of things and the development of the hyper-connected world
- Real-time data analytics, not intuition, driving business decisions
- New data protection laws forcing firms to rethink compliance strategies
- Artificial intelligence and robotics replacing repetitive tasks
- Smartphones becoming the primary tool for almost everything
- More business applications for virtual and augmented reality tech
- Increased personalised and in-store location-based marketing
- Drones to be allowed to make deliveries and perform other public tasks
- Established businesses to face increased competition from start-ups