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The main technological trends to follow in 2023

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It’s been a few months since several technology trends they began to pick up and gain popularity. so much that in 2023 it is very likely that they will continue to grow. Within the business world there are several that those responsible will have to follow closely, in companies from all sectors, according to several Gartner and Forrester analysts.

Several of these technological trends, classified as frontier and pioneer trends, seek to expand the business capabilities of companies, in many cases in innovative ways. But many of them have a common denominator: sustainability. According to TechTarget, the drive for sustainability is an issue that is at the root of what many managers consider when adopting technological innovations and solutions. Both for the present moment and for the future.

This is how he sees it Gartner analyst David Groombridge, which points out that it is vital for business leaders to know what emerging Technologys to focus on, because that way they know what innovations will focus on in the future. He also points out that there are more and more managers who believe that “innovation is going to be one of the main tactics on which growth is supported. It is very important that managers have a good understanding of where innovation can come from and how these trends can help them quickly«.

Sustainable technology, for him, is going to be a very important focus for company managers. Especially when it comes to emerging Technologys, and how they can be adapted to business operations in 2023. Investors, consumers, and even young job seekers who want to work for companies that have sustainability among their goals, with each increasingly interesting for CEOs.

What they see as sustainability is different in many cases, but in general it is seen as business practices that support human and economic health. Among them is the measurement and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Among the main technological trends classified as pioneers that keep it in mind are the following:

  • superapps: A superapp is an application that helps companies consolidate multiple apps into one, with the goal of providing a simpler experience for users. An example of this type of app is Tencent’s WeChat, which combines several actions with a single interface.
  • Adaptive Artificial Intelligence: This type of Artificial Intelligence is in charge of training the AI ​​models over and over again, and continuously. It does so with the aim that these models adapt quickly to changes in the environment that were not foreseen during their deployment, which allows value to be obtained over a longer period of time from AI solutions.
  • metaverse: This 3D virtual world allows individuals to play games, shop and do business. Some companies have already developed virtual worlds, but the technology still has a lot of work to do before it becomes a viable opportunity for companies. Of course, companies that start working with the metaverse may have an advantage when it comes to recruiting talent, since they will have the best available.

For him Forrester Research analyst Brian HopkinsHowever, there is a lot of hype around concepts like the metaverse, and there are other emerging trends that will prove to offer more benefits to companies in the future. These are the Technologys that Hopkins defines as frontier Technologys. They are, among others, the following:

  • TuringBots: are software tools driven by Artificial Intelligence, and that function as automatic complements to the work of designing and developing software code carried out by developers. They work like an intelligent agent that uses advanced machine learning systems to help them automatically generate code.
  • extended reality– Includes a mix of visual elements delivered through virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. Although the use cases are still difficult for companies to specify, in a short time there will be use cases related to training and onboarding for frontline workers, among others.
  • Web3: It is a concept that, for Hopkins, promises a decentralized Internet with Technologys such as Blockchain that are not dominated by big technology or financial institutions. But it is not clear how its technology will develop, nor how it can benefit companies. According to a Forrester Research report, it has entered its list of emerging Technologys to consider due to the growing interest and investment towards it.
  • Zero Trust at the edge: Zero Trust security at the edge securely connects and transports traffic from remote sites using cloud-based network services, according to Forrester Research. The concept combines software controlled network and network security.

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EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S, new 24.1-inch professional monitor

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The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is a monitor aimed at professionals that mounts a 24.1-inch panel and has, as you may have imagined, a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. Its maximum brightness is 410 cd/m2, it has a contrast of 1,350:1, it reproduces 1,070 million colors and it is capable of covering the 99% of the Adobe RGB color space.

This EIZO model brings a series of clear improvements over the previous generation. Among the most important changes we can highlight the inclusion of a USB Type-C connector, that offers up to 70 watts of charge, and that we can use to charge a laptop while we use it with said monitor (simultaneous data and power).

Another important addition to the EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is that it comes with an adjustment report that measures the state of the screen at the time of shipment, a feature that previously it was only available on CG series professional monitors.

Maintaining its commitment to the environment, EIZO has eliminated any type of plastic from the packaging and materials that accompany the wiring. This monitor is also more efficient, as it It has a consumption of only 26 watts.

The rest of its specifications are completed with a response time of 19ms, it has DisplayPort and HDMI outputs, it has a USB Type-C connector, as we have already said, it has two USB 3.0 and it has two other USB 2.0 ports. we can use it both horizontally and verticallysomething that the most creative professionals will undoubtedly like.

This monitor is mainly aimed at content creators, designers, video and photo editors, illustrators and cartoonists. It is height, swivel and tilt adjustable, which translates into good ergonomics and great versatility when it comes to integrating into different work spaces.

The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S comes with a 5-year warranty covering each and every component, and is also subject to the zero bad pixel policy, which is covered for six months from the launch date. Taking into account the investment that we have to make to buy this monitor, it is totally normal, since its price in Spain will be around 800 euro.

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Microsoft Extends ESU Support for Windows Server 2008 and R2

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When an operating system ends its life cycle, Microsoft usually considers the possibility of offering extended support, which usually ends up being paid, or may be subject to some type of special condition. The latter is what has happened with Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, two operating systems that have ended their life cycle and are no longer supported in 2020.

The thing is that Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 still have a significant user baseand for this reason Microsoft has decided an additional year of support of the ESU type, acronym for “extended security updates”. This is good news for companies that still use the operating system, but it has one important condition, and that is that it will only be available to those who are Microsoft Azure customers.

This extended period of security updates will be active until January 9, 2024. If you are wondering if this will be a free program, I can tell you that it is not, and that Microsoft will bill it as it normally does with extended support programs.

In case you are wondering why so many professionals are still using Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 the answer is very simple, because in more than one case upgrading to a new operating system requires significant expenses that can derive from a hardware renewal, from a prolonged period of inactivity, from updating and developing new applications if necessary or from a little of everything that we have just said.

Microsoft has confirmed all the versions of Windows Server 2008 that will be able to benefit from this year of extended support, and we have listed them as is:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2).
  • Windows Embedded POSReady 7.
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7.
  • All Azure virtual machines (VMs) running Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 operating systems on Azure, Azure Stack, Azure VMWare Solutions, or Azure Nutanix Solution.

It does not seem that they are going to give more extensions once this is finished, so if your company is using any of those operating systems you should be clear that time is running out, and that in a matter of a year you will be tied to an operating system without support that could become a time bomb in terms of security.

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Apple will abolish the position of Head of Product Design

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The departure of Jonathan Ive from Apple was one of the most shocking news of 2019, not in vain are we talking about what was Head of Product Design in that company, responsible for some of its most successful products, and a professional who was part of the bitten apple company for more than 30 years.

It is true that at first there was no complete break between Ive and Applesince both continued to work together through an independent agency founded by the former executive, but in the end both parties decided to put an end to their adventure, and a final separation was confirmed last July.

The position that Ive left was filled by Evans Hankey, but we know that this executive also plans to leave the company in the coming months. What will happen then with the position of Head of Product Design? The normal thing would be to look for a new professional that lives up to that position, but according to a new report presented by Bloomberg it won’t be like that.

The apple company will abolish the position of Head of Product Design, and the product design team will report to and report directly to Apple’s COO, Jeff Williams. To avoid internal problems, Apple will give more important roles to the designers of key products for the apple company, but it seems that this has not been liked by everyone, and that some employees are upset with Apple’s decision.

The truth is that, if we analyze the situation that existed previously, it is not as important a change as it might seem at first glance. Evans Hankey acts as the liaison for the design team, but in the end it depended on Jeff Williams and had to answer to himso with this move Apple would be eliminating an intermediate position that in the end would not be “essential”, and would simplify the hierarchical structure of the product design team.

It is also important to note that this change reinforces the position of Jeff Williams, a high-profile executive at Apple who many see as Tim Cook’s possible successor. We’ll see how the situation evolves, and if Apple is really able to get on without a Head of Product Design.

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