Remember when you sent out faxes to your clients regularly? Today, that fax machine, if your office still has one, is probably covered with dust. That’s because business technology is constantly changing. Businesses must constantly get used to these changes if they want to thrive. That’s something that CIO Magazine recognized in its recent look at the key tech trends that could affect the way companies work in 2013. This year’s list is again an impressive one, demonstrating once again how quickly technology is advancing. Want to keep your company on the cutting edge in 2013? Then take a look at these three tech trends that CIO Magazine says are changing the business world.
Hospitals and BYOD
The BYOD movement — bring your own device — has changed the way many organizations operate. By allowing their employees to bring their own individual computing devices and tablets to the workplace, companies have boosted their workers’ productivity and saved themselves big dollars. CIO Magazine is betting on the BYOD movement to move to hospitals this coming year. The magazine’s editors state that a growing number of hospitals across the nation will encourage their doctors, nurses and administrators to bring their iPads and laptops to their stations.
3-D Printing Continues to Soar
3-D printing became popular last year, with a growing number of businesses switching to high-tech printers to fashion plastic parts and device components. This year, 3-D printing stands to become an even more common tool among tech-savvy businesses. 3-D printing is an amazing technology. And businesses who recognize this will stay a step ahead of their competitors. Check out CNet's archives on 3D printing technology for some recent innovations.
The End of Passwords?
Passwords have long been a technological problem for businesses. A great number of their employees rely on their children’s names, street addresses or favorite hockey team when creating passwords. These passwords are easy for hackers to guess. When hackers guess a password, they are able to quickly access confidential company information. But what if companies instead used biometrics to protect their computers and confidential data? That day is on its way, predicts CIO. In biometrics, companies use such body parts as the iris’ of their workers’ eyes or their fingerprints as replacements for passwords. It really is a far more secure way for businesses to protect their critical data and, boy, what a relief to not have to keep up with all those pesky passwords!