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Nowadays it seems there is new and emerging technology hitting the market everyday that your business needs to incorporate in one way or another. Business owners need to be constantly ready for what lies ahead and be ready to update established systems continually. Staying on top of these developing trends can feel overwhelming however there are ways you can stay ahead of the game. Read our top ideas to keep on top of the ever-increasing rate of new technologies.

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How to stay on top of new and upcoming technology

Go Academic: Read the top academic books in your industry and in technology to understand how trends may be emerging. This way there will be no surprises when technology that seems more like science fiction actually becomes a reality. By reading these publications you are also feeding yourself with the information consumed by younger generations who will undoubtedly drive the future of technology.

Consumer Space: Consumer space is by far the most interesting medium to watch. Most technology starts in the consumer space before it becomes an enterprise and keeping a close eye on this area is vital. The best way to watch this space is by visiting the following websites on a weekly basis: Engadget, Forbes Tech News, TechCrunch, PC Magazine and Consumer Reports Online.

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Follow a Tech Geek: In addition to the online editorials, it is also worth following those that describe themselves as tech geeks, such as @TechnologyGeek. It is even worth ensuring that one person employed by your organisation has a particular interest in emerging technology – this person can act as a resource for your whole company for tech news.

Experience New Devices: Even though it would be unreasonable to buy every new product on the market, it is certainly worth investing in some new devices. Playing around with new technology, such as beacons and wearables, is important for two reasons:

  • You educate yourself in the use of this new technology so that you don’t have to take a giant leap in understanding in the future.
  • You can predict how this product will innovate your business and your competition’s business.

Playtime: Gaming always seems to push the limits of technology and now gaming consoles are becoming more than just games – they are social, media and communication devices too. Take the opportunity to play games with your children or friends to see what it can teach you about the future of technology.

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