2017 Tech Trends
The kinetic enterprise
Technology has moved far beyond desktop devices and software upgrades: to data analysis, augmented reality, and reimagining products as services. In fact, the range of recent advances - from nanotech to robotic process automation - can seem overwhelming. But CIOs can look ahead to help shape their company’s future.
From dark analytics to mixed reality, machine intelligence, and blockchain, our eighth annual Technology Trends report analyses the trends that could disrupt businesses in the next 18-24 months. CIOs who can harness the possibilities of these technologies will be better positioned to shape the future of their business.
Blink and you could miss it. The speed at which technology advances and upgrades can seem overwhelming. In the kinetic enterprise, the only constant is change. The 2017 report outlines how companies presently must sift through the promotional noise and hyperbole surrounding emerging technologies to find those solutions offering real potential. To realise that potential, they should become 'kinetic' organisations - companies with the dexterity and vision required to thrive amid ongoing technology-fueled disruption.
While the report identifies key trends that will likely revolutionise enterprise technology in the next 18-24 months, the exponentials chapter looks even farther into the future, describing four key areas that blend science and applied technologies.
This year's trends
IT unbounded - The boundaries surrounding IT are fading as technology becomes integral to almost every business function and relationship.
Dark analytics - Advances in computer vision and pattern recognition allow companies to unlock insights from unstructured data that until now, have been lost in the dark.
Machine intelligence - Machine intelligence is helping companies make better decisions, embed complex analytics into customer and employee interactions, and - with adoption of bots and robotic process automation - automate increasingly difficult tasks.
Mixed reality - Companies are exploring more immersive and engaging ways to combine the physical world and digital systems, creating a new, mixed reality that’s more natural, intuitive and intelligent.
Inevitable architecture - Open standards, cloud-first designs and loosely coupled architectures are the norm in start-ups. Now, large enterprises have similar ambitions.
Everything-as-a-service - Traditional business products are being reimagined as services as organisations modernise core systems and the technology stack.
Blockchain: Trust economy - Blockchain is emerging as the mainstay for digital identities in the emerging trust economy.
Exponentials watch list - Advances in disruption forces like synthetic biology, energy storage, quantum computing, and nanotech could exponentially transform the way we do business.
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