BYOD and 3-D printing lead 2013’s tech trends

Here’s a simple fact about technology, one which makes some people shudder while others celebrate: Everything we understand about it today will definitely change tomorrow. Recall the days when faxing represented cutting-edge tech? Those days are gone. But look at e-mail. Is e-mail ready to go the way of faxing? The ever-evolving nature of technology is a reality that CIO Magazine highlighted in a recent story looking at tech trends that may change the way you do business in 2013. This is a look at several of the big changes that CIO Magazine predicts will hit businesses this year.

Hospitals and BYOD

There’s a reason why more companies incorporated the BYOD – bring your own devices – movement last year. When employees bring their own tablets or laptops to work, hook up to a company network and then perform their tasks on their own devices, they generally tend to become both happier and more efficient. This boosts the bottom line of companies. At the same time, businesses that embrace BYOD don’t have to provide individual computers for their employees. This year, CIO Magazine says, the BYOD movement will grow even stronger as more businesses – even highly secure ones such as hospitals – being encouraging their workers to bring their own iPads to work.

3-D Printing Continues to Soar

3-D printing is a marvel to a lot of people. It feels almost like magic. But in 2013, 3-D printing will end up being less awe-inspiring and more of a given. That’s great news for the industry. It signifies that an increasing number of business owners are recognizing the value of 3-D printers. 3-D printers today let businesses fabricate their own plastic parts. That’s pretty incredible. It’s little surprise that companies will continue to embrace this technology in 2013.

The End of Passwords?

Tired of memorizing dozens of passwords? Don’t worry. The editors at CIO Magazine predict that passwords will go the way of the milkman. That’s because more companies, recognizing how easy it can be for hackers to compromise most passwords, will make use of biometric security. As CIO explains, biometrics uses the iris of your eye, your voice or your fingerprints as security. It’s impossible to get into your pc or important accounts just by guessing that your password is your son’s first name.</p

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