we once knew has changed in ways that we cannot even begin to decipher. While Covid19
marches on its pace in reaching every nook and corner of the world, every vertical
from medical to big corporates are stumbling to handle the aftermath of this
pandemic. It's no more the question of when the new normal is going to begin, we
are already in it.
has stepped up with lots of innovation in tracing, quarantining, monitoring,
predicting, and assisting with challenges created as a by-product of the pandemic.
If you are interested in reading how technology has stepped up in the fight
against Covid19, you may head over here and here. While Tech did provide short term benefits to
our situation, The Tech industry has also suffered the consequences of Covid19 just
like other industries. And just like any
other industry Tech too must reinvent itself to survive the new normal.
nature of the new normal we are observing tech trends that will likely be our foreseeable
future. I am listing down three such technologies that are going to be much sought-after
tech tool in the new normal.
WFH – Remote
working and Collaborations
If there is
one thing, we all learned about work in recent times is that majority of tech aided
jobs can be done from home. Companies that
were apprehensive about providing work from home options to their employees are
now realizing that WFH is indeed more productive. Zoom
calls, Team chats, and project management tools are being used more now than
ever. Zoom is in a lot of scrutinies over data encryption but fortunately its not
the only tool in the market. Video
conferencing applications with better data security and the ability to record,
chat, screen share while on call is on the rise. However, they are only
addressing the current needs of the WFH employees. There is a wider area of
scope with respect to integrating the conferencing tools to other team
management and collaboration applications. For instance, deducing minutes of meeting
using voice commands or assigning a task to a team member while discussing it
on the video call.
proved to us that necessities never go out of style! the supply chain for food and
other necessities have been growing given that people are cooking and spending
more time at home. Demand for hobbies and board games have also increased in
the recent past. Assuming that this new normal is going to be our way of life
for a year or so, the demand for necessities are going to be steady if not
less. Supply chain management with a lack of manpower has been an issue for quite
some time but not to the extent that we are witnessing. Applications which are powered by AI/Machine
learning can aid in producing more goods in less time by utilizing the data on the availability of raw materials, transportation time, and delays. Such AI-powered applications can also help in
operating machinery, robots /drones which can deliver goods, and so on. Technology in the manufacturing sector is going to
grow exponentially as it's driven by high demand.
that are built over the Internet of Things (IoT) can provide substantial value in
not just combating the spread of Covid19, but also in preventing future pandemics.
These applications can perform facial recognition, body temperature scanning, and
(arguably) access medical records to identify and quarantine personals with infectious
diseases as and when it happens. The
interconnected devices can also provide value in surveillance in real as well
as in digital world.
Coupled with 5G,
sensors, and mobile devices, applications that weave the virtual layer over the physical world, can provide more value in
the new normal. For instance, garbage bins can notify public service when they
are full, streetlights can turn on automatically using visibility conditions of
the road/usage, public transport can be optimized based on usage, etc.
of new normal is going to be different than that of the years before and it is up
to the organizations and governments to utilize the technology to tackle the
challenges of our current times. Only
entities that can roll with changes of new normal can survive, and that includes the tech industry as well.