Tech Trends 2020


Tech Trends 2020

Which technologies have the most potential to impact your business?

New breakthroughs promise emotionally intelligent interfaces and hyperintuitive cognitive capabilities. Can we architect systems that will both find the business value in tomorrow's tech trends and remain viable for decades?

In 2020, the next stage of digital’s evolution welcomes us with the promise of emotionally intelligent interfaces and hyperintuitive cognitive capabilities that will transform business in unpredictable ways. Yet as we prepare for the coming decade of disruptive change, we would be wise to remember an important point about yesteryear’s leading-edge innovations: Architects of the 1980s designed mainframe systems that continue to run and generate business value today. Sure, they are outmoded by today’s standards, but how many of us will build systems that run for decades? And how is that for a legacy?

Architecting for longevity and adaptability requires a deep understanding of both today’s realities and tomorrow’s possibilities. It requires an appreciation for the technology and market forces driving change. And finally, it requires a long-term commitment to focused and incremental progress.

Against this backdrop, we present Tech Trends 2020, Deloitte’s 11th annual examination of the emerging technology trends that will affect your organization over the next 18 to 24 months. Several of this year’s trends are responses to persistent IT challenges. Others represent technology-specific dimensions of larger enterprise opportunities. All are poised to drive significant change.

Tech Trends 2020

Trending the tech trends: Eleven years of Research

We begin Tech Trends 2020 with a timely update on the nine macro technology forces – digital experience, analytics, cloud, digital reality, cognitive, blockchain, the business of IT, risk, and core modernization – we examined in last year’s report. This year’s edition takes a fresh look at enterprise adoption of these macro forces and how they are shaping the trends that we predict will disrupt businesses in the upcoming period. We also look at three technologies that will likely become new macro forces in their own – ambient experience, exponential intelligence, and quantum.

In subsequent chapters, we discuss trends that, though grounded in today’s realities, will inform the way we work tomorrow. Trends evolve in unexpected ways. And often, the most interesting opportunities happen at the places where they intersect. Several of this year’s trends represent fascinating combinations of macro forces and other technology advances. For instance, digital twins represents the culmination of modernized cores, advanced cognitive models, embedded sensors, and more—a recipe that is in itself a trend, even as it builds on evolving individual technologies.

We hope Tech Trends 2020 offers the insights and inspiration you will need for the digital journey ahead. The road from today’s realities to tomorrow’s possibilities will be long and full of surprises, so dream big and architect accordingly.

Interested to learn more? Download the complete Tech Trends 2020 report.