More B2B Tech Trends to Look For in 2016
- December 9th, 2015
- By: Scott Robinson
- In: Energy & Utilities, Finance, Healthcare, Supply Chain, General B2B
As the new year approaches, a number of technology trends that have been building for several years are reaching critical mass. As B2B grows beyond its traditional boundaries, integrating partner data exchange, on-the-ground logistics and the nuts and bolts of paying for things, it is poised to embrace many of these trends more fully.
Mobile payments. Most everyone has long since abandoned writing checks in favor of sliding a card. Now an increasing number of people are making payments by tapping their smartphones on terminals. Apple Pay is pushing the tech forward, and it will make a big jump in the coming year.
Crowd-sourced logistics. Uber and Lyft represent a game change in logistics for both the supply chain and on-the-ground services. More than just a novelty or a fall-back, crowd-sources transport and delivery represent a strategic edge for the smaller supply chain partner looking for a competitive edge. As acceptance of the trend grows, so will its presence on the road.
Drone management platforms. As market acceptance of crowd-sourced transportation increases, so does its uptake of drones as delivery providers. The technology has progressed rapidly and is slashing delivery costs wherever the technology is used. Drone fleets and platforms face a tougher journey to universal acceptance, but big strides will be taken in 2016.
The Internet of Things. As devices go online by the millions every day, the opportunity to leverage them for B2B data collection increases. The healthcare industry stands to benefit a great deal in the coming year as healthcare providers implement wearable monitoring devices for those under care, increasing the efficiency of service delivery and patient analytics.
The Battle for the Internet. All of this progress is welcomed by thousands of companies, but viewed with suspicion by thousands of others. A few missiles fired across the bow of the Internet have already awakened the business community to its status as a steadily-warming hot potato; while a showdown for control of the Internet is not yet imminent, there will certainly be increasing signs of potential conflict as next year unfolds.