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Top Workplace Technology Trends to Look for in 2014

Chad Brooks
Chad Brooks

With technology developing at a rapid pace, it can often be difficult for businesses to keep up with new technology trends.

With the new year right around the corner, Himanshu Sareen — CEO of technology design, development and consulting firm Icreon Tech— said there are several areas that organizations should be keeping an eye on in 2014.

Here are some of the trends Sareen predicts will pick up steam next year:

  • Company app stores: To circumvent issues related to BYOD (bring your own device), including malevolent apps and third-party data collection, businesses will start creating custom app stores made available to their employees.
  • Wearable tech in the workplace: Although the consumer viability of and other wearable tech has been covered greatly, businesses will embrace wearables for their employees. This will be especially true in industrial, high-tech and health care settings.
  • Social networks replace email: Software such as Salesforce Chatter and Yammer are enterprise-specific social networks that facilitate pervasive communication among employees. It is possible for such tools to replace Outlook and other email clients as corporate communication tools.
  • Gamification in business: Gamified apps have attracted attention from consumers, but gamification, the application of game playing elements to non-game environments like the workplace,will change how employees work. All levels of employees will benefit, from the service industry to high-tech manufacturing and even white-collar employees. Gamification will change how workers are acknowledged, rewarded and managed.
  • Tech and privacy: Privacy will be a definite issue, especially in light of the National Security Agency's collection of data from some of the top Internet companies in the United States. Consumers will need assurance that their data is handled with integrity and trust.
  • Evolving interface: From biometrics input to voice recognition and motion controls, the way in which users interact with computers will continue to evolve. The trend has been reinvigorated by the iPhone 5s' inclusion of a fingerprint scanner.
  • Smart machines and embedded sensors: Artificially intelligent computer systems, like IBM's Watson, will begin to be developed in industrial and economic settings. Autonomous vehicles, advanced global industrial systems, smart cities with smart light posts and robotic fulfillment centers are all examples of this trend.

Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.

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Chad Brooks
Chad Brooks
Business News Daily Staff
Chad Brooks is a writer and editor with more than 20 years of media of experience. He has been with Business News Daily and for the past decade, having written and edited content focused specifically on small businesses and entrepreneurship. Chad spearheads coverage of small business communication services, including business phone systems, video conferencing services and conference call solutions. His work has appeared on The Huffington Post,,, Live Science, IT Tech News Daily, Tech News Daily, Security News Daily and Laptop Mag. Chad's first book, How to Start a Home-Based App Development Business, was published in 2014.