Future Business Technology trends will have an impact on learning, management and daily operations. There is a report “New Media Consortium – Horizons Report” that comes out every year for either Higher Education or K-12 Education. The latest report is the interim results for 2013 click here. Many of these items impact already in education and can also be transferred across the corporate workplace.
I have been watching this report for several years and whatever has been predicted has eventuated in the world of education and indeed in the business world as well.
These are the categories listed in the NMC Horizon Report. This is how I predict it will impact businesses from Small to Large corporations.
Near-Term Horizon: One Year or Less
* BYOD (Bring Your Own Device or Bring your own Technology -BYOT): Several major corporations such as Qantas have already gone down this path of bringing your own device such as smartphones and various tablets into the workplace.
* Cloud Computing: With Microsoft introducing “Office 365” and various other platforms going online such as “MYOB” there is more flexbility in working with documents both on desktop and mobile versions. Dropbox is a fantastic way to share information via individuals or even for personal data storage. Evernote has a premium product for business
* Mobile Strategies: Companies using dedicated mobile strategies for their business are able to access a wider variety of tools both for learning and for daily tasks. One such example is the “Hyatt” Hotel Group which uses iPads for its hotel staff from the Concierge to check in staff.
* Online Learning: This is well and truly happening already and will continue to grow especially in remote areas where accessibility to education can be limited.
Mid-Term Horizon: Two to Three Years
* Adaptive Learning and Personal Learning Networks: Personal Learning Networks (PLN) can be thru various channels and the most obvious one for education is Twitter, and businesses are turning to social media to leverage adult learning. At this stage, the strongest tool for business is LinkedIn.
* Electronic Publishing (Digital Publishing): Publishing of materials will be all online or via eBooks for workplaces. It will be interesting to see whether this is outsourced within a business or whether individuals are employed to produce digital materials on a wider scale. An interesting website called “The Digital Publishing Report” gives insights into this industry and resources to help you. In the future there will be less and less paper involved in the management of learning resources, reports and office data.
* Learning Analytics: An infographic explaining what this idea means for education, however this can easily be transferred across to the business sector. A concern is privacy for both the trainer/teacher and the learners when these tools are used. The prediction is for the next two to three years
Long-Term Horizon: Four to Five Years
* 3D Printing: This is just an example of 3D printing and the products that can be produced. It will be interesting to see how this can affect learning and development in the corporate workplace. I can see it being highly practical for meetings when drawing diagrams and ideas.
* Augmented Reality: A blog by Gary Hayes sums it up perfectly: 16 Top Augmented Reality Business Models. Augmented reality is where the physical world is augmented by computer generated inputs such as sight, sound, video and graphics.
* Virtual and Remote Laboratories (not relevant to all industries).
Overall, this report is always interesting to read and to keep an eye on for future predictions with regards to technology in the workplace.