How 2017 Tech Trends Will Impact Your Company

Posted by Jeff Pelliccio on Jan 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In ICS insights

It can be difficult to accurately predict which technologies will greatly impact your company. We happen to know that there are several new technologies that have the potential to change the way you reach customers, sell products, and recruit staff. Be on the lookout for the following three innovations in 2017! 

Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Machine Learning 

Companies need tools that can adapt to the changes the business world faces every day. Adapting is crucial and so businesses will use AI and advanced machine learning to affect high impact decisions and enhance functions throughout the company. Software programs that can learn from their users will allow technology to engage in more complex interactions with people. This means big changes in the way companies communicate. Look for Human Resource departments to use these programs to find new candidates and conduct basic screenings. 


Along with this new technology, comes bigger demand for those skilled in it. Artificial Intelligence Programmers, with average starting salaries of $93,300, will be used by some of the leading software developers in the country.  These new hires require skills that are in a new territory and should be recruited with a human touch to make sure that they are intact and not overlooked. 

Intelligent Apps  

The most innovative apps of 2017 will incorporate some form of AI or Advanced Machine Learning. These new apps will be a catalyst for the more effective workplace. There will be a focus on advanced analytics, AI-powered and increasingly autonomous business processes, and AI-powered immersive, conversational, and continuous interfaces. 

As it applies to the backend of the company, apps that can control, run record data, or manage other aspects of a business are also expected. In addition to standard accounting tasks, software incorporating Advanced Machine Learning will eventually be able to predict surges in orders, periods of peak demand, and even optimal times for maintenance. Similarly, advanced software used by personnel departments will be able to predict optimal times and places to recruit new employees, as well as track so-called "soft" data such as employee satisfaction. 

Specialty apps that are designed for use by a single company or client will also become more expansive. 2017 will be the year that this technology infiltrates the fields of Human Resources, Marketing, and Accounting. 

Application programmers will be in high demand to design these apps and so will people who are in charge of training the departments to use them. The salary range for programmers can range from $40,000 to over $99,000 a year, but developers with experience in the new field of intelligent apps (and particularly those with specialty programming skills) are able to command salaries in excess of $100,000 a year.  If you want to keep up with the times, you're going to have to invest in your people and your future. 

Intelligent Things 

 Technology has the potential to change the way that companies conduct business on a global scale. Stand-alone technology will shift dramatically to collaborative models and synergy will be achieved. By networking manufacturing equipment and other business appliances, it will be possible to control multiple operations in various locations around the world with a single, centrally-located support staff.  

These smart devices will also be able to provide real-time reports on their output and condition, making it easier to adapt and make changes, as well as provide potential solutions to real-time and predicted problems.  Such valuable devices allow an increase for demand in engineers and programmers with experience using these tools. In the first quarter of 2016, the demand for these people has increased by 185%, thus increasing starting salaries and creating a highly competitive hiring process. 

While these three trends will have the most influence on business operations throughout 2017, there are bound to be smaller trends that can have a much wider-reaching effect on your business. At ICS, we specialize in keeping up with the technology trends to find the best human talent available. When your company can't see the forest for the trees, we'll be there to guide you through the rough terrain.


As your company adapts to technology changes in the coming year, be sure to  Contact ICS to help provide you with the best talent.