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 today to thrive. CIO Magazine, of course, recognizes this. That’s why the magazine so emphasized the evolving nature of technology when it recently listed its top tech trends for companies. The trends the magazine’s editors cited will definitely change the way businesses work in 2013. If you’re a wise company leader, you’ll pay particularly close attention to them.

Hospitals and BYOD

There’s a reason why more companies adopted the BYOD – bring your own devices – movement last year. When employees can bring their own tablets or laptops to work, connect to a company network and then perform their tasks on their own devices, they tend to become both happier and more efficient. This improves the bottom line of companies. At the same time, businesses that embrace BYOD don’t have to provide individual computers for their employees. This year, CIO Magazine says, the BYOD movement will grow even stronger as more businesses – even highly secure ones including hospitals – being encouraging their workers to bring their own iPads to work.

3-D Printing Continues to Soar

3-D printing has made a big impact on businesses. The ability to use a printer to produce objects with heft and depth – such as plastic machine parts – is an amazing one. And CIO Magazine predicts that more businesses will discover this in 2013. In fact, CIO Magazine predicts that 3-D printing will be a breakthrough technology this year for small business owners.

The End of Passwords?

Tired of memorizing dozens of passwords? Don’t worry. The editors at CIO Magazine predict that passwords will soon go the way of the milkman. That’s because more companies, recognizing how easy it can be for hackers to crack most passwords, will rely on biometric security. As CIO explains, biometrics uses the iris of your eye, your voice or your fingerprints as security. It’s impossible to get into your laptop or computer or important accounts just by guessing that your password is your son’s first name.

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