Ways the cloud will continue to shape enterprises
Cloud technology has changed the way we do business. From how we share and store information to how we connect and work collaboratively with colleagues that are working from home or from another remote location. The emergence of cloud technology has forever changed the way enterprises work and as a relevantly new technology, it’s not set to slow down any time soon. In fact, Cisco estimate that cloud data centres will process up to 94% of all workloads by 2021. Let’s take a look at some of the most important cloud developments and trends and how they will continue to improve and shape the way enterprises do business in 2020 and beyond. Multi and Hybrid Cloud Environments More and more businesses are less concerned with having one cloud supplier and are looking at multi-cloud and hybrid cloud solutions. Taking this approach empowers enterprises to get the best out of each solution and avoids them being limited by the capability of one supplier. Multi and hybrid cloud environments enable enterprises to combine public clouds, private clouds and on-premises resources to be more agile, scalable and resilient to give them a competitive advantage. Emerging Technologies Enterprises are already adopting and seeing the benefits of machine learning, artificial intelligence and automation, this will continue to grow and will become more prominent in their business strategies. In the coming years, we will likely see an increase in the use of artificial intelligence in data centres to proactively solve problems and help make cost savings. Artificial Intelligence can be used in data centres for everything from saving energy to identifying patterns in server or network hardware failures. Remote and Collaborative Working Over the last few months, more people than ever before have been working remotely. When the country was placed in lockdown in March, businesses had to adapt quickly to enable their workforce to continue working from home. The speed at which enterprises adapted wouldn’t have been possible without cloud technology. It’s anticipated that many enterprises will continue to allow staff to work from home in the short to mid-term and in some cases possibly indefinitely. This will drive enterprises to review their cloud capabilities and look at how they can make their business more resilient and futureproof. Collaborative working is likely to be at the forefront of many enterprises’ minds with the recent shift in work patterns. The cloud makes it easier for teams from multiple locations to work together more seamlessly.
How technology is transforming healthcare
Over the last 10 years, technology has transformed every aspect of our lives. From how we travel to how we order a takeaway, the way we work and how we watch TV. Now mobile technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and new emerging technologies are set to transform healthcare. During the last few months, the NHS and healthcare have been at the forefront of everyone’s minds. The NHS has had to adapt to a landscape that has changed daily and has never been more challenged than during the COVID-19 crisis. Last year, health secretary Matt Hancock warned that the NHS must adapt and utilise new healthcare technology if it is to survive. So, what healthcare technology is available and how could it transform healthcare. Mobile and Video Technology We are already seeing an increase in video consultations with GP’s, surgeons and other healthcare professionals. Remote video consultations can be arranged between medical professionals and patients using either mobile devices or PCs. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 there has been an increase in remote consultations to help protect staff and patients from the virus. It is anticipated that video consultations will become more common place in the coming years. Not only does this help stop the spread of infection it also helps healthcare professionals work more efficiently and potentially treat more patients. For patients, it means they can be seen without having to travel to a physical premise or have to wait in long queues. Artificial Intelligence AI is already used in healthcare through machine learning which enables medical professionals to gain a better understanding of some health conditions, such as cancer. Using AI and machine learning helps scientists explore the vast data that makes up the DNA in the blood of cancer patients. This better understanding helps them identify specific mutations that may put the patient at higher risk and detect those that need further consultation. AI’s pattern recognising capabilities has the potential to enable patients to be screened with more efficiency and accuracy and on a huge scale which will help doctors with overall disease management so they can improve healthcare plans for long term treatment. Internet of Things (IoT) At a consumer level, many of us already wear smart devices that use sensing technologies to track our heart rate, blood pressure and sleep patterns. In the coming years, we may begin to see sensors being placed within our bodies to track glucose levels, temperature and oxygen levels. These results may then be remotely accessed by healthcare professionals to track changes in our bodies and health conditions so they can better manage healthcare management and treatment plans. Augmented Reality Augmented reality has the power to change the way healthcare professionals train and learn about the human body and may also be used to aid diagnosis practices. At Case Western Reserve University in the US, medical students have detailed and accurate access to virtual depictions of the human anatomy using the Microsoft HoloLens to study anatomy via the HoloAnatomy app. Allowing them to study the human body in great detail and accuracy without the need for real bodies. Another development we may see in the future is augmented reality glasses that allow surgeons to ‘see inside’ patients’ bodies using data from scans.