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Top Tech Trends Shaping Business in 2023

True, businesses have faced huge challenges over the past few years, and apparently, this won't change in 2023. The tragic combo of post-pandemic economies, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, off-the-charts inflation and fuel price hikes, and supply chain disruptions foresee a complicated year for businesses of all sizes. 

Although 2023 brings a unique set of challenges to companies, business leaders should not panic. Instead, let’s focus on how this new year brings plenty of opportunities to sort the obstacles and steer businesses into success. On that note, understanding what is coming and adapting to it has become one of the best business skills. Development team leaders need to identify the new technology trends this year is bringing; hence, their business becomes more adaptable to change and, therefore, more efficient despite the global setup and the unique challenges we might encounter. 

With that in mind, here are five top tech trends for 2023:

Increased AI 

In the past few years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) stopped being a sci-fi concept to become a reality of our everyday life. From chatbots to face recognition technology, AI has become a fundamental part of any modern business. According to IDC research, worldwide, spending by governments and businesses on AI technology will top $500 billion in 2023.

In our ever-increasing technological world, we can no longer separate AI from product development. Having AI and machine learning knowledge allows real-time analysis and better interaction between people and machines for smarter task executions. As the level of communication between devices and humans through intelligent technology, the convergence of both through AI helps applications and solutions make predictions based on identifying data patterns to ease the interaction. 

In 2023, AI will be even more present. One of the main benefits of AI is that it reduces the probability of human error. In the upcoming years, AI and machine learning will automate routine tasks in almost every industry. Therefore, adopting AI into their business process is essential for any enterprise aiming to boost efficiency, reduce wasted material, and increase profits. More so, with the precision of AI forecasting capabilities, companies can make more informed decisions that will boost growth and give them a competitive advantage over the competition.

Sustainability

Society is more aware than ever of the fact that climate change and environmental disasters are one of the more considerable challenges we face as humankind. It is clear now that if we continue with our old production and consumption methods, there won’t be much planet Earth left in the near future. 

Therefore, conscious consumers and investors nowadays prefer companies with good environmental and social credentials, prioritizing ecological impact and sustainability over raw profit. As consumers’ perspectives shift toward sustainable living, brands must guide their mindset. 

In 2023, companies must ensure that their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) processes are moved to the center of their business strategy. It will be important for companies to adopt technology that helps them reduce as many ecological negative impacts as possible. For example, digital technology powered by AI and cloud computing will continue growing as they help businesses to achieve their objective efficiently and sustainably. Forecasts show that cloud spending will reach $600 billion in 2023

Also, hybrid and remote working models will keep rising, encouraging companies to reduce their carbon footprint by lowering the number of big office spaces to maintain.

The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things, or IoT, describes the network of billions of physical devices - “things” around the world that are connected to the internet and sharing data. Thanks to rapid technological development, now it’s possible to connect almost anything to the internet, from a small lightbulb to an airplane, and turn it into a part of the IoT. 

Over the past few years, IoT has become one of the most critical technologies of the century; today, more devices are already connected than people in the world. According to ZdNet, tech statistics predict that there will be 41.6 billion connected IoT devices by 2025, or "things." Connecting all these different objects to the web adds a level of digital intelligence to devices that would otherwise be “dumb,” enabling them to communicate real-time data without the need for human beings. In other words, in this hyperconnected world where we can connect everyday objects to the internet, we can achieve seamless communication between people, processes, and things.

The IoT is making the world around us smarter and more responsive, merging the digital and physical universes and making them cooperate. 

Immersive customer experience

After the unexpected COVID-19 lockdown, consumers are craving experience above anything else. In 2023, besides the price-quality relation, customers are focusing on how they experience selecting, purchasing, and enjoying goods and services. 

From recommendation engines to help us choose what to buy to customer support portals, technology has played a crucial role in shaping streamlined processes and easing the buying journey for consumers throughout the years. But the game is changing, and the start of the new year has brought the keywords “immersion” and “interactivity” to everybody’s lips.

And we can’t talk about immersion without one of the hottest words of the moment. The metaverse is a concept that translates into an online, 3D universe that combines multiple virtual spaces focused on social connection. It basically allows users to work, meet, and socialize together in these 3D spaces. 

For example, think of online shops where we can browse and "try on" virtual representations of clothes, jewelry, and accessories. This new “extended reality” has been predicted to be the next evolution of technology and represents a white canvas for companies to intervene and adapt their products. At the same time, this universe blurs the line between physical and digital life. 

On that note, businesses should continue developing products and keep innovating, experimenting, and growing their audience while getting ready to take on this new universe. 

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity development is in a permanent state of evolution and expansion. However, since remote became the new normal, digital business and hybrid work models are changing how cybersecurity is understood.

As technology and software development expands, so does the complexity of risk and threats; therefore, cybersecurity will be at the forefront of digital transformation. As both hackers and security experts are in an endless battle to outsmart each other, it is crucial to rethink security and prepare for new threats. 

According to some figures, within the next five years, there will be 64 billion IoT devices installed around the world. This means we will be more dependent on technology than ever before, from online banking to downloading private information.  Some experts, such as Gartner, have reported that the cybersecurity mesh practices will lead the information security sector. On that note, safety and privacy will be at the forefront of anything we do online, and every new app developed will need to incorporate cybersecurity. 

As we start 2023 and navigate the complex business scenario in front of us, it is crucial that CEOs and business leaders be aware of the emerging technology trends and be ready to identify which will shape the way business is done. 

Now more than ever, it’s crucial for companies to stay on top of the latest tech trends that will help them develop better solutions for their clients so they don’t fall behind in the tech game. 

 

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