CES 2020: How will new tech affect enterprises?
While the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is more of a spectacle catered to, well, consumers than enterprises, the innovations and concepts unveiled on the floor every year offer something of a crystal ball for the entire tech landscape – including enterprise IT.
For instance, the prospect of 5G and technologies that will (finally) help bring the much-hyped connectivity standard to reality has been a buzzing topic among forecasters ahead of the past several CESs, which would have a game-changing impact for consumers and businesses alike. But to date, widespread, legitimate 5G deployment has yet to take hold stateside with only a short list of market-ready consumer devices geared towards supporting the new standard.
But many industry watchdogs are anticipating that 5G and other long-awaited tech innovations will finally take a tangible step forward at CES 2020.
For instance, Dell recently announced that it will be introducing it’s next-gen, 5G-ready Latitude laptop, the 9510, during the show, which will come in both a traditional clamshell configuration as well as a convertible design that converts it to a tablet with active pen support. While not the first convertible laptop/tablet on the market, the Latitude 9510 is a step forward for the brand and offers features that will be useful for casual and professional users alike.
These features include an integrated fingerprint scanner – a useful security function for remote or traveling workers who store sensitive data on the computer’s optional Core i7-class 10th-generation Intel CPU or 1 TB SSD. The new laptop will also include “built-in Artificial Intelligence (AI)” to manage battery life and improve application loading performance via machine learning, according to Dell.
But it’s not just sleeker and more effective laptops that should have enterprise IT teams keeping a close eye on what’s unveiled during CES 2020.
AI, for instance, has been just as buzzy as 5G ahead of previous CESs, and brands are expected to go all-in on infusing a wide breadth of products with capabilities that allow them to learn from users. While there will be more novelty consumer wares like intelligent toilets and toothbrushes on display this year, infrastructure-scale AI initiatives from tech behemoths like Samsung and Google have also been advancing markedly of late. It therefore only makes sense to anticipate a bit of one-upmanship when it comes to major AI announcements from corporate giants this year as they all angle to emerge as the authority on machine learning.
There will of course be less monumental product enhancements on display that will also need to be considered by enterprise IT teams and consumers alike. For instance, there’s nary a modern office space that doesn’t use at least one, if not dozens, of televisions. From helping enable video conferencing to offering workers an entertainment option for breaks or social events, slim, high-definition TVs have become as commonplace in the workplace as scanners and printers were a decade or two ago.
MircoLED is this year’s most buzzed about TV trend, as it builds on the already revolutionary OLED technology, where each pixel on a TV acts as its own light source instead of relying on a dedicated backlight. MicroLED has the potential to get brighter and last longer than OLED, delivering better highlights and deeper contrast than ever before. That means that as long as the networks supporting video conferencing solutions can deliver video traffic with minimal latency or jitter, conference calls are about to become a lot crisper and clearer in the years to come.
As these new technologies make their way into the enterprise space, IT and network operations teams will require more visibility into network performance than ever before. This includes having clear lines of sight into a growing network of remote locations, for instance, as new tech and cloud-delivered workflows makes enterprise decentralization a more promising proposition for business than ever before.