Pay Attention to These Digital Trends in 2019

As an award-winning IT service provider, part of our mission here at Kobargo Technology Partners is to keep abreast of trends in the constantly evolving digital world, to help us provide clients with the world-class customer service they take for granted.

As 2018 draws to a close, we’d like to break out our crystal ball and share some predictions for what we think will be some of the top digital trends for the coming year:

Ethics and privacy in the digital realm. In a year filled with newsworthy hacks, security breaches and an even greater erosion of our privacy (if such a thing ever truly existed in cyberspace) consumers have become hyper-conscious of the value of their personal information and are acutely aware of how it’s used by private and public entities. Firms that ignore that concern risk sparking a tangible backlash from consumers. That means that instead of asking “are we compliant” with digital guidelines, firms should instead ask “are we doing the right thing?”

Quantum: it’s not just for physics anymore. Quantum computing is based on the quantum state of subatomic particles that represent information as elements denoted as quantum bits, which are called “qubits.” Confused? Think of a large library filled with books. While a traditional computer would read every book in a linear way, a quantum computer would read all the books at the same time. Quantum computers are capable of working on millions of computations at the same time. As an affordable, reliable service that is available commercially, quantum computing would transform some industries. Quantum computers are a computing model that is highly parallel and exponentially scalable.

Blockchain goes from buzzword to mainstream. Simply put, blockchain is an expanding, chronologically ordered list of cryptographically signed, irrevocable transactional records shared by all participants in a network. For example, a global network of computers uses blockchain technology to manage the database that records Bitcoin transactions, meaning Bitcoin is managed by its network, not by any one central authority. Decentralization means the network runs on a user-to-user - or peer-to-peer - basis. Potentially, blockchain could lower costs, reduce transaction settlement times and improve cash flow for companies.

Artificial Intelligence isn’t just a Spielberg movie anymore.

Artificial Intelligence - AI -refers to computer systems built to imitate human intelligence, performing tasks like making decisions and recognizing images, speeches or patterns. AI can do all these things faster and more accurately than humans. Currently, five out of six Americans use AI services in one form or another each day (think ride-sharing and navigation apps, smart home devices and streaming services.)

No matter what trends the next year brings, Kobargo Technology Partners will always have your back. Contact us today to schedule an assessment of your system’s security, let us help you stay ahead of the latest digital trends.

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