Technology has become embedded in the fabric of all our lives – from the way we consume media, keep in contact with friends and relatives, and especially the way we work, technology is at the forefront, enriching our lives and the way we interact with the world.

Technology in 2018 has continued to improve upon the way in which we conduct business and interact with one another on a daily basis.

Here are just a few technology trends that helped shape 2018:

Data Collaboration 

The way we work in an office setting has changed drastically over the last decade. More businesses are now hiring remote employees, freelance employees, and part-time employees in addition to full-time in-office staff to assist with the ever expanding workload.

As the workplace started to change, it was important that collaboration and communication remain intact between different levels of staff. Collaboration technology trends, such as Microsoft Teams, is making that possible.

In 2018, more technology than ever before is allowing employees to collaborate with one another and use their time more effectively to accomplish more.

Fiber

The speed of connectivity is a defining feature of the latest and greatest in technology. The demand for faster connectivity has increased as both commercial and personal user of technology has grown accustomed to higher connectivity speeds.

Enter fiber-optic, technology that can offer much faster speeds over much longer distances than traditional copper-based technologies like DSL and cable.

Statista forecasts by the year 2020, the U.S. fiber optic cable market will grow to some 2.24 billion dollars.

And increased demand in high-bandwidth and high-speed data transmissions has increased the demand for fiber optic cables with internet and phone communications systems being the main modes of business communications. And since the data can be delivered at faster speeds, going with fiber (if it’s available in your area) is not only the best bang for your buck, but also future-proof.

Digital Transformation of Paper-Based Office Processes

Due to the near-perfect accuracy of modern OCR capture technology and easy-to-manage cloud software solutions, businesses are realizing that now, more than ever, paper processes can easily be transformed digitally.

Businesses are now able to save time, money, and floor space otherwise filled with banker’s boxes and file cabinets of files and paper documents by scanning in records and enabling them to be searching within seconds from any device and any location.

At the same time, businesses are starting to implement fresh digital workflows into office processes such as the hiring of new staff, employee requests, sales and order processes, and more.

The digital transformation of office processes means businesses have more control over their processes while remaining entirely compliant with industry regulations and guidelines.

The Contracting Tablet Market

The tablet market was interesting to watch in 2018 as the marketplace declined 8.6% during the third quarter of 2018 with global tablet shipments reaching 36.4 million.

One reason for the contracting tablet marketplace is because consumers and professionals tend to hold onto their tablet devices longer than they would a smartphone.

Yet, tablet devices continued to evolve in 2018 as larger, higher-quality “Pro” tablets took aim at replacing many of the laptops and desktop computers used by business professionals.

Apple continued to take the lead during the 3rd quarter of 2018, shipping 9.1 million iPads, 1.8 million of which were iPad Pros.

Samsung maintained the second position despite the company’s shipments declining 11.4% compared to last year. (Source: IDC)