This year’s CES showed us new and improved ways to stay organized, productive, entertained and interconnected, in ways that many of us have never really thought about. From smart phones, tablets and wearable devices, to connected appliances, autos and TVs, our lives are becoming at one with technology.
According to CES:
- There will be more smartphones and tablets available in 2014 then ever before.
- The proliferation of these devices and others is expected to triple IP traffic in the next five years.
- By 2020, there will be 6 connected devices per person.
So what does this all point to for the future? Companies such as Intel and Cisco are gearing up to seize their share of the new computing marketplace. Intel announced that its goal is to leave no computing opportunity untapped. “If there is a device that computes or connects users, it can do so best with Intel inside”, the company said.
Cisco themed their efforts around “The Internet of Everything (IoE).” The concept reflects a world where the power of the Internet is always at our fingertips. Network–connected sensors will be embedded in everything from health monitoring to manufacturing processes. Connecting, tracking and analyzing people, processes, data and things will not only significantly impact personal lives, but will also profoundly change the way business is done.
It’s quite exciting to think about the evolution in interconnectivity and the continued proliferation of new computing devices, software and applications. It’s also as a bit daunting, especially for the IT manager who must plan for their company’s future bandwidth needs. IT managers can’t begin to anticipate the broadband demand for these new always-connected employees, machines and personal computing devices that will exponentially require more robust broadband. Even in today’s environment, many IT managers find it challenging to manage bandwidth, security and resources in the BYOD (bring your own device) environment. And this is just the tip of the changing landscape.
As for the excitement and challenges the future will bring? We’ll have to see what CES 2015 brings us.
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