The technologies that surged during the pandemic

By: April 21, 2020
James McCann CEOP Clearstory International

How the pandemic affected the way people work in Ireland will be studied and analysed for years to come.

Within the space of a few weeks, hitherto marginal ways of working and doing business suddenly became the dominant forces in the Irish economy.

A new study by ClearStory International was compiled to examine just how quickly some previously obscure tech trends were catapulted into the mainstream.

The COVID-19 Tech Trend Report looked at seven key tech trends from their low point in December 2019 to their highest point in the last week of March 2020.

In Ireland, the highest surges of interest and mentions in the media were:
Remote working (increased by 11,750% from the low point)
Video conferencing (increased by 11,500% from the low point)
E-learning/edtech (increased by 5,900% from the low point)
Virtual events/conferencing (increased by 2,100% from the low point)
Gig economy (increased by 1,800% from the low point)
Health/med/biotech (increased by 850% from the low point)
E-commerce (increased by 414% from the low point)

“The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted entire industries and created a significantly different dynamic for those in business and media globally. As governments, companies and societies scramble to adjust to a new reality, this report provides insight into a shift in most talked-about sectors since coronavirus took hold,” says James McCann (above), CEO of ClearStory International.

Before COVID-19 ravaged the Irish economy, for example, the number of people working remotely stood at 6.5 per cent of the workforce.

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