Perspectives

Tech Trends 2019

Beyond the digital frontier

Deloitte’s 10th annual Tech Trends report identifies those trends that are likely to disrupt businesses in the next 18-24 months, including advanced networking, intelligent interfaces, NoOps in a serverless world, and more. Special to this year’s tenth edition: Tech Trends reflects on a decade of disruptive change and demystifies the future of digital transformation.

Our latest report “Tech Trends 2019: Beyond the digital frontier” begins with a reflection on a decade of disruptive change driven by nine macro forces: digital experience, analytics, cloud, core modernization, cyber, business of information technology, cognitive, blockchain, and digital reality. The report further explores where these forces are headed.

Tech Trends 2019: Beyond the digital frontier

Next, six emerging tech trends for 2019 that are giving rise to new operating models, redefining the nature of work, and dramatically changing IT’s relationship with the business are detailed:

  • AI-fuelled organisations - Leading companies are systematically deploying rapidly maturing technologies – machine learning, natural language processing, RPA, and cognitive – not just to every core business process, but into products, services and the future of industries. Those organizations’ use of artificial intelligence is moving from “Why?” to “Why not?”
  • NoOps in a serverless world - We have reached the next stage in the evolution of cloud computing, with technical resources completely abstracted and management tasks increasingly automated. Freed from mundane responsibilities, IT talent can focus on activities that more directly support business outcomes.
  • Connectivity of tomorrow - At both macro and micro levels, technologies like 5G, mesh networks, and edge computing are expanding business’ reach to both the far corners of the world — and the smallest spaces in warehouses, retail stores, and other places with utmost precision. Advanced networking is the unsung hero driving development of new products and services and is transforming how work gets done.
  • Intelligent interfaces - Today, people interact with technology through ever more intelligent interfaces that combine the latest in human-centred design techniques with leading-edge technologies such as computer vision, conversational voice, auditory analytics, augmented reality and virtual reality. Working in concert, these technologies and techniques are transforming the way we engage with machines, data and each other.
  • Beyond Marketing - Experience reimagined - To deliver the highly personalized, contextualized experiences that today’s customers expect, some chief marketing officers are trading long-standing, traditional agency relationships for closer partnerships with their own CIOs. Enabled by a new generation of marketing tools and techniques focused on personalized, contextual and dynamic experiences, CIOs and CMOs can illuminate and engage customer needs and desires most effectively.
  • DevSecOps and the cyber imperative - DevSecOps fundamentally transforms cyber, security, privacy and risk management from being compliance-based activities — typically undertaken late in the development lifecycle — into essential framing mindsets across the product journey.

The final chapter of “Tech Trends 2019” explores how modern businesses can navigate digital transformation — building a roadmap that incorporates the right technologies, techniques, talent and executive support.

“Emerging technology trends such as AI or cognitive can seem both elusive and ephemeral, but some become integral to business and IT strategies—and form the backbone of tomorrow’s technology innovation. The eight chapters of Tech Trends 2019 look to guide CIOs through today’s most promising trends, with an eye toward innovation and growth and a spotlight on emerging trends that may well offer new avenues for pursuing strategic ambitions,” concludes Štěpán Húsek, Partner, Technology Advisory, Deloitte Czech Republic.