There are some great technological advancements that could affect the flooring industry in the future.

Although the year is well on its way, there’s still room to make predications for the rest of the year. Here, popular and reputable Blogger, Timothy Hughes, identifies these prominent predictions.

Cloud
This will become the “standard” platform for Business Application purchases.  Spending on Cloud will increase, and more companies will have “Cloud First” policies.  Innovation in Public Cloud will continue.

PaaS
Platform as a Service (PaaS) will be seen as the way to deliver application extensions or bespoke developments. It is a cloud-computing model that delivers applications over the Internet. In a PaaS model, a cloud provider delivers hardware and software tools – usually those needed for application development – to its users as a service. A PaaS provider hosts the hardware and software on its own infrastructure. As a result, PaaS frees users from having to install in-house hardware and software to develop or run a new application. http://searchcloudcomputing.techtarget.com/definition/Platform-as-a-Service-PaaS

Crowdfunding
This will become mainstream and there will be even more bizarre items, with services seeking funding as people push the boundaries of any new way of working.  Next year there will be even more calls to regulate Crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the internet. One early-stage equity expert described it as “the practice of raising funds from two or more people over the internet towards a common Service, Project, Product, Investment, Cause, and Experience”.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowdfunding

3D Printing
This is becoming more mainstream (rather than experimental) with an increase in everyday items being printed. These include items used for walls and floor. 3D usage on tiles creates various illusions and usually imitates the look of real wood. Don’t expect to own a 3D Printer until 2017.

Marketing ROI
Marketers will be under more pressure to prove ROI and will be under increased pressure to get closer to, and work with, Sales.

Big Data
The privacy debate will continue. People will realise that perhaps others don’t actually tell the truth when they fill in questionnaires, which will place a question mark over Big Data results. One area of Big Data that will expand is the use of Big Data for Healthcare.

Technology Shift
There will be a continued shift from PC to Tablet, from Smartphone to Phablet and from On Premises to Public Cloud.

Hashtags
Hashtag Tedium will take over as a hashtag become another “tick box” or “must have” for a brand to look fresh and in accordance with the needs of its target market.

Mobile
Delivery of services to mobile (in many cases via an App) will become a business imperative. The move to mobile and “Mobile First” started in 2014. Customer Experience has to be delivered via mobile in 2015.

Security
Hacking of sites will continue. There is a “Keyboard War” of Hackers versus the Rest of the World. Users must be ever vigilant, not click on URLs, install a virus checker, etc.  IT Departments must “assume you have been hacked” and work back from there.

Instagram –This will become the Social platform of choice for teenagers and the mainstream.

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