2021 IT and Gaming Trends

The gaming industry has been in constant change for years. The reason for this is that new key technologies keep coming onto the market. SSL encryption was just the beginning. Especially in the last few years, there have been downright groundbreaking and innovative technologies in the gaming industry. These innovations opened up a number of diverse possibilities for gaming fans. Thanks to general technical progress, there will undoubtedly be a number of innovations for gaming fans in 2021 as well. More so, the end of the year is always the time to consider the technologies and approaches that will affect corporate IT in the near future.

From our point of view, software manufacturers will align themselves even more closely to the needs of their customers in 2021. In general, the trends in software are increasingly moving towards customizability, service orientation, and user experiences at the B2C level.

Integration of AI in cloud software

In 2020 companies have seen and experienced how volatile even apparently stable markets can be, how quickly customer requirements change, and how difficult it is to react to these changes with agility. The increased integration of AI-based technologies will improve the ability of companies to react and act, as they will have noticeably more reliable data analysis and forecasting tools. This makes it easier to predict future market developments.

HR Analytics

Even in 2021, after the digital transformation towards the home office, companies must continue to be agile with HR issues and react quickly to changing market requirements – e.g. when modernizing their portfolio towards digital services. For this purpose, detailed knowledge of whether a company has the appropriate know-how is essential. It is therefore advisable to answer this question based on data.

Make personnel decisions based on data

Those responsible need a precise overview of high and low performers, high potentials, and skills gaps in the company in order to be able to decide where there is a need for further training or recruiting. In other words, we see the focus on HR analytics in particular on prescriptive analyzes. Especially with a view to new business areas and the further expansion of the entrepreneurial radius of action, reliable forecasts of upcoming employee needs can help to outline the need for action of a company in the human resources area in the coming months as specifically as possible.

Tailored skill management

In the area of ​​skill management, AI-based applications make it possible to automatically compare the skills of employees that have already been recorded in a structured manner with the requirements resulting from new projects. In this way, HR managers can quickly get an overview of whether and, if so, how many resources are available in-house to cope with new tasks.

Individualization of cloud software

Increasingly, users expect software solutions to be precisely tailored to their requirements. At the same time, however, the trend in cloud systems is increasingly towards standardization. Against this background, manufacturers will increasingly rely on flexible technologies with which cloud-based solutions can also be configured, for example by defining the application surface using metadata instead of programming it in an unchangeable manner using rigid source code. This creates a very dynamic system that, in terms of user experience, is very much oriented towards the specific application.

B2B software with user-friendliness at the B2C level

In 2021, software manufacturers will be increasingly required to provide information in a way that even inexperienced users can easily find their way around a system. The trend is towards systems that can be used intuitively. Additional efforts such as training, test, and trial phases are no longer necessary. So-called in-app user guides also help, which interactively and intuitively help the user to use the software based on the specific application.

Information “on-demand” directly from the system

Chatbots offer important support here, as users receive information from the system “on-demand”. This new form of user experience (UX) in the B2B environment, which is strongly oriented towards a B2C UX, not only leads to more loyalty of the user to the product he uses but ultimately also to more customer loyalty to the manufacturer.

Overall, the trends that we have identified as defining and determining for the year 2021 result in a total package of services that will make it even easier for users to get the business information they really need. With this in mind, the IT year 2021 will clearly be the year of the customer.

Better performance through distributed cloud

The trend here will be towards decentralized distribution across multiple data centers in the sense of a distributed cloud. The advantages of this approach are particularly evident in lower latency and better redundancy. The cloud is also causing a change in user structures – away from conventional single users and towards multi-users. This makes it possible for companies that have implemented multi-user-capable systems to rely even more on communication and collaboration between employees in their work processes. Flexible microservices meet this requirement.

Cloud gaming and mobile gaming experience

In 2021 it will increasingly be important for most gaming fans that they can access online games from any location. And the software manufacturers make every effort to ensure that the gaming fans are satisfied accordingly. The solution that more and more online casinos are finding is the cloud. More so, all titles you choose to play can be managed via the cloud. After all, the games can be simply downloaded from a mobile device. In this way, you as a gamer save yourself having to log in to multiple platforms. So there is no confusion about passwords and thus no clutter with the accounts.

Virtual reality

How about if you felt like you were part of the online gaming world in front of your PC or smartphone? This is made possible with the help of virtual reality. In the last few years, this topic has become more and more important in gaming in general. But the gamers couldn’t really get used to this topic. More so, it is only in the last few years that virtual reality has also gained increasing importance in online casinos. In the field of online casinos and online slots, the technology itself was more or less unsuitable for a long time. In the meantime, the manufacturers have made an effort and technically refined the VR glasses. Thus, in addition to the features, the design has also been optimized and a lot has happened, especially with the features. The current VR glasses have an integrated chip which enables the coupling between the VR glasses and the PC or smartphone.

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