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2014 was an incredibly dynamic year for businesses, with new devices and gadgets that have challenged traditional paradigms about the ways that people work and play. From tablets with built-in projectors that enable boardroom presentations anywhere; to new form factors and designs for tablets and ultramobiles that make them extremely versatile; and to even re-inventing the workstation; 2014 gave business owners plenty of reasons to be excited about technology.
2015 promises to be even more exciting with plenty of IT advancements well on their way into users' hands, and here we take a look at some of the major trends that will shape the tech products of 2015.
1. It's a mobile-first digital world
Manufacturers that have traditionally specialized in producing processors and graphics units to power desktops will be designing hardware architectures that emphasize dramatic reductions in power and cooling needs. These architectures can then be scaled down for mobile environments.
This means that mobile performance is rapidly catching up to that of desktops, making one's choice of device(s) a matter of preference in form factor rather than computing capability. This allows manufacturers to experiment with innovative form factors and features rather than focus on performance or have to compromise on mobility. IDC reported that companies across the Asia/Pacific region have come to realise the importance of enabling mobility on the go, with 70% of survey respondents saying that their organisations had implemented mobility initiatives.
2. Tablets as proper productivity companions
Due to the leaps in mobile performance, tablets are now true performance workhorses, especially for those on the go. There are now tablets,like the Lenovo ThinkPad 10, with proper desktop operating systems and computing performance on par with ultramobile laptops. A recent survey showed that enterprises in Singapore are well ahead of the global curve in embracing mobile solutions for work, with many using enterprise apps for tasks such as project management.
This will put the spotlight on manufacturers with a reputation for crafting reliable and innovative devices for business users, as their device designing capabilities are put to good use in crafting premium tablets for business use.
3. The Return of PCs
Some have thought that the rise of tablets would bring about the decline of PCs, but for consumers that are not constantly on the move, it remains difficult to beat them in terms of absolute productivity. Gartner notes that the PC industry was revived in 2014, and we believe that this trend will continue into the future.
4. Consumers experiment with sizes and form factors
In the past, manufacturers only offered one flagship smartphone each. These days, manufacturers offer multiple flagships in a variety of sizes and form factors, recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all form factor. IDC predicts that there will be a large increase in phablet shipments in 2015, but also notes consumers are still figuring out which form factors and screen sizes as formerly hot form factors and sizes begin to be overtaken by others.
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