These tech trends will change your business this year

There was a point in time when e-mail was considered cutting-edge tech. Before that, businesses were considered tech-savvy if they had their own fax machines. Technology, though, is constantly evolving. What companies needed three years ago is nowhere near what they need now to thrive. CIO Magazine, naturally, recognizes this. That’s why the magazine so emphasized the evolving nature of technology when it listed its top tech trends for companies. The trends the magazine’s editors cited will certainly change the way businesses work in 2013. If you’re a smart company leader, you’ll pay particularly close attention to them.

Hospitals and BYOD

The BYOD movement -- bring your own device -- has recently changed the way many businesses operate. By allowing their employees to bring their personal computers and tablets to the workplace, organizations have boosted their workers' productivity and saved themselves big dollars. CIO Magazine, though, predicts that the BYOD movement will this coming year move to hospitals. The magazine's editors state that a growing number of hospitals across the nation will encourage their doctors, nurses and administrators to bring their iPads and laptops to their stations.

3-D Printing Continues to Soar

3-D printing is a marvel to many people. It feels almost like magic. But in 2013, 3-D printing will end up being less awe-inspiring and more of a given. That's great news for the industry. It signifies that a growing number of companies are recognizing the value of 3-D printers. 3-D printers today let businesses fabricate their own plastic parts. That's pretty incredible. It's little surprise that companies will continue to embrace this technology in 2013.

The End of Passwords?

Passwords have always been a technological problem for businesses. Too many of their employees rely on their children’s names, street addresses or favorite basketball team when deciding on passwords. These passwords are easier for hackers to guess. When hackers guess a password, they can quickly access confidential company information. But what if companies instead used biometrics to protect their computers and confidential data? That day is on its way, predicts CIO. In biometrics, companies use such body parts as the iris’ of their workers’ eyes or their fingerprints as replacements for passwords. It truly is a very secure way for businesses to secure their critical data.