3 technology trends to watch for in 2013

In the increasingly online nature of today's world, technology has become the key innovator and employer in the national economy. From tablets to 3D TV and QR codes to NFC, technological advances in 2012 signaled the advent of the digital age. It's not likely that technology will also go by the wayside next year, as a host of new trends in technology will be put in the 2013 spotlight. Technology recruiters can help businesses prepare for these emerging trends by finding the most forward-thinking talent.

3D Printing
3D, once a novelty, has now become more commonplace than ever in today's media. Some high-profile movies are only released in 3D and a growing slate of sports games are now broadcast on 3D-ready TVs. However, 3D isn't exclusive to media, it's now revolutionizing printing. Even the the MIT Technology Review cited it as one of its top five trends for 2013. Creating toys, models, diagrams and even fittings for screws, 3D printing is catching the eye of businesses and consumers as a truly innovative technology trend.

Big/fast data
Most businesses have heard of big data as one of the most important technology developments of 2012. Big data entails the immense amounts of data gathered from consumer information, transactions and other electronic communications and cached by companies for analytical research. However, data isn't just getting big, it's getting fast.

Fast data is somewhat of an offshoot from big data, taking up its mantle as a noteworthy trend to emerge in 2013. Fast data refers to not only the vast amounts of data being stored, but the unceasingly rapid pace at which it is being collected. Expertly managing the flooding rush of data will be key for businesses if they want to tap their information for insight into what they can do better. It's also a task many firms are unequipped to deal with, but with the help of technology recruiters, may be able to find and hire accomplished data users.

The rise of LoSoMo
"LoSoMo" might sound like a lot of nonsense to the unadjusted reader. Standing for "LOcal-SOcial-MObile," LoSoMo refers to the three oncentrations that businesses have pinpointed in 2012, and will only look to enhance in 2013. Despite being separate entities, they all go hand-in-hand. The explosion of mobile devices in the U.S. market, including iPhones, Android phones and tablets have created a consumer class less focused on the macro and more intune with the micro – their local surroundings. Social media only adds to that sentiment, as platforms like Facebook and Twitter have allowed consumers to connect with area businesses, and enables establishments to hyper localize their marketing efforts.