A Deep Dive into Workplace Breakout Tech in 2024

As we dive off the cliff of 2024, senior-level IT staff find themselves at the epicenter of a technological tempest, navigating the turbulent waters of emerging trends and breakout professional technologies.

Augmented reality beckons as a transformative force with its promise of immersive experiences. The evolution of remote work births a new era of collaboration tools. Intelligent automation emerges as the engine propelling us into the future.

Mastering these technologies in 2024 starts with creating a realistic picture of their potential development, implementation, and business potential. It’s not merely about navigating the digital landscape; it’s about sculpting it into a realm of efficiency, resilience, and unparalleled success.

Augmented reality gives immersion a chance

Augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR), has steadily been gaining traction in the global corporate world. Users don bulky glasses in the hopes of gaining a more immersive digital experience (at least compared to a desktop view).

Best case scenario? AR and VR revolutionise remote work, training, and collaboration by creating immersive, interactive experiences. The market is ripe for it; England alone spends over 50 billion pounds annually on informal job training. If 2024 provides better access to immersive digital formats like AR to train multiple employees digitally, many organisations stand to save massive dividends over the long term.  

Investing in AR could mean equipping your team with the tools to visualise complex data, simulate real-world scenarios for training, or collaborate in a shared virtual space.  That’s the best case scenario. What can AR/VR do in 2024? Immediate applications of AR in the workplace are remote tech support or immersive visualisations product development. However, remember that technology adoption should be strategic and considerate of your orgs unique needs and capabilities. Get creative, and get started.

Advanced collaboration tools for a remote world

The advent of pandemic-related remote work has settled into a comfortable hybrid work life globally. As we got more comfortable, tools got smarter. Advanced collaboration tools have come a long way from simple video conferencing and document-sharing platforms.

Collaboration tools now integrate with your orgs enterprise software ecosystem to enhance project management, brainstorming, transcribing, real-time editing, and AI assistance. Cloud-based design and prototyping tools like Figma enable real-time design collaboration. Project management platforms (take your pick from Slack, Asana,, Trello, or Wrike) facilitate advanced communication and sharing options within teams while simultaneously providing productivity analytics. 

Intelligent automation takes us there, faster

Before you ask: no, intelligent automation is not another way to say AI. Intelligent automation is a practical application of rule-based automation and AI to handle repetitive tasks, make decisions, and adapt to changing scenarios.

Internally, intelligent automation’s goal is to streamline business processes through algorithms, robotic process automation, natural language processing, and machine learning. Intelligent automation can be wielded to reduce human errors and prevent lost opportunities. An intelligent automation system might involve using RPA to automate routine data entry tasks, while AI components analyze and interpret unstructured data, making more complex decisions.

From automating routine tasks to providing data-driven insights and decision-making support, it promises significant efficiency gains. Bear in mind that implementing intelligent automation isn’t just about the technology – you have to prep your team for implementation by rethinking processes, upskilling staff, and managing change.  


As an IT Director, you are the torchbearer for your teams technological evolution. The future of workplace innovation rests on your shoulders. With a comprehensive understanding of breakout professional technologies, strategic technology adoption, and a proactive approach to cybersecurity, you can effectively lead your org into the future. 

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Jena Hodgson

Jena is a seasoned expert in creating compelling B2B content who built her career at various tech startups, marketing agencies, and corporate enterprises. As a "digital trendsetter," she leverages her analytical and creative skills as a contributing writer for CTO Magazine where she reports on tech trends and innovations in the workplace.

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