Holiday Roundup: 2017 Business Technology Trends

December 25, 2017   //   Optimize IT, , ,

In 2017, we had a record number of blog contributors discussing everything from major Microsoft technology announcements to new product releases to hot IT trends, helpful how-to posts, and advice on choosing the right technology solutions for your organization.

As we look forward to the new year, we wanted to share some of the most predominant themes and trending topics in 2017, and how these trends are expected to impact business in the coming years.

Cloud Acceleration

By 2020, over 80% of all businesses will be operating in the cloud, and those who are there are already innovating within it. To help you get there in 2018, here are seven questions to ask when building your cloud strategy.

Workforce Transformation

Data suggests that a manager receives over 30,000 communications a year and 15% of our time is spent in meetings. 2018 will have a heavy focus on improving productivity, such as business process automation and collaboration tools like Office 365 to make sure technology is working for your business and not against it.

IT Security

IT Security defined much of 2017, affecting everything from politics to midmarket companies to the individual. Cyberattacks are only expected to increase in the coming year, and companies are increasing their security budgets and planning significantly. Even the most regulated industries are turning to cloud security to ensure the protection of their data and people, both in the office and remotely.

Data Transformation

2018 will be the year of data-driven decision making. Businesses now have the ability to leverage tools to help them collect, analyze, and draw insights from the massive amounts of data they create to make better business decisions. Here are questions you should ask to help you get started with your data analytics project.

Looking ahead to the New Year, we’ll continue to share industry insights into how technology will continue to impact business strategy in 2018. As you are winding down the year, we invite you to explore SWC’s Blog to gain more insights on modern Business/Technology strategies.

Wishing you the best this holiday season and we hope that 2018 will bring you happiness and success!

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