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When I facilitate Strategic Management (we don't like to call it just strategic planning because although we include the creation of the plans, but also help you set up for successful implementation & managing the associated changes), Future Scanning can be overwhelming. Especially in the area of Technology!
Instead of guessing at what the trends might be, I use existing sources of technology trends. Here's an example. Mashable thinks the 6 Tech Trends for 2015 are:
Big Data - This shouldn't be a new trend to you. We've been hearing lots about Big Data. How can you leverage the new decision making tools?
Artificial Intelligence - This isn't new either, but is it realistic? All the data that's being generated in the first trend is leading us towards more intelligent machines.
Robots Within Us - Not inside our bodies, but inside our work spaces. Robots on the factory floor will work with humans instead of separate from them.
Nanotech & Material Sciences - Working at a nano level is making changes in materials and how we use them.
Batteries & No More Wires - Research is moving forward on cheaper, more stable and more powerful mobile batteries. You will be able to charge your mobile devices wirelessly - no more tangled wires or fighting for the few electrical outlets.
Flexible Displays - Advancements in wireless displays and strong, flexible glass means we might see more consumer products with flexible displays.
Once you have generated some trends, you need a process so it doesn't overwhelm you even more. Read last week's blog: 4 Steps to Stop Getting Swamped by the Wave of Future Trends.
Of course, future scanning is a little like looking into a crystal ball. No one knows exactly what is going to happen and when. However, I seriously consider many sources, especially in the technology area to help me determine what trends could impact me and my clients.
I'd love to hear some of your favorite sources for future trends in technology!
PS. Here's another one of my photos - a delightful robot called Asimo!
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