As 2020 draws to a close, people can breathe a sigh of relief as they look forward to a better and more prosperous year ahead. While it remains uncertain whether the health crisis will finally end in 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to show that technology will only continue to evolve, even under the worst conditions.
We cannot be completely sure how this happened; We only know which technologies will continue to succeed as a result of the pandemic. With that being said, it’s important to know exactly where the tech industry is heading as it learns from the disruption caused by COVID-19. For this, we can take a look at some important developments:
There were big winners in the tech industry in 2020, and one of them was cloud computing. according to Gartner Report, Global spending on cloud services has reached $ 257 billion and is expected to grow to $ 304.9 billion in 2021. This comes as organizations begin to realize the value of cloud computing when it comes to managing remote workers and ensuring business continuity. Moreover, they also see additional benefits in terms of data security and efficiency. With these in mind, it won’t take long for executives to move their organizations to the cloud during the new normal.
With the projected growth in Google’s stock showing a four-year increase in return on equity of 30.28%, we can only expect the tech giant to double up on features that have performed well during the pandemic. One thing is for sure, it will continue to add improvements to its voice search feature that allows consumers to stay at home to handle tasks such as making online orders, setting appointments or virtual consultations with medical professionals, and sending healthcare-related inquiries. Then again, Google isn’t alone in the digital audio technology sector, which will definitely have its share of progress in 2021.
At the start of the epidemic, a shortage of face masks and personal protective equipment accelerated the use of 3D printing. In fact, the technology has proven crucial in solving the disruption of global supply chains as 3D printing facilities take advantage of the availability of additives. While medical equipment production has since rebounded to meet demand, the spotlight on 3D printing technology will only intensify as other industries examine the benefits they could bring, particularly lean manufacturing.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to leverage technology to contain local outbreaks. Countries like South Korea have used contact tracing software to track suspected carriers of the virus and act promptly to prevent further transmission. Although this may negatively cause privacy issues, the use of contact tracing tools is described for their efficiency in helping medical teams go two steps forward.
2020 may not be the best, but it has provided us with several reasons to feel positive. Technology has got our backs while we embrace the new normal.