Deloitte Tech Trends 2016: Innovating in the digital era


Deloitte Tech Trends 2016: Innovating in the digital era

Build tomorrow. Starting today.

The digital era is shaped by disruptive innovation with new technologies. Each year, Deloitte identifies the trends that are most likely to disrupt businesses in the next two years. This 7th edition focuses on virtual reality, the Internet of Things, block chain, platforms, socially responsible applications of technology and more. Explore these trends and view the full report PDF.

Deloitte Tech Trends 2016 report

Download the Deloitte Tech Trends 2016 report and read more about these topics: 

  • Right-speed IT
  • Augmented and virtual reality go to work
  • Internet of Things: From sensing to doing
  • Reimagining core systems
  • Autonomic platforms
  • Blockchain: Democratized trust
  • Industrialized analytics
  • Social impact of exponential technologies
Deloitte Tech Trends 2016

Digital expression of technology

In a business climate driven by powerful digital forces, disruption, and rapid-fire innovation, every company is now a technology company. Whereas technology was traditionally confined largely to operations and execution, its digital expression now informs all aspects of business, from ideation to delivery. We witness daily how it drives product design, upends venerable business models, and rewires competition.

The ascendance of exponential technologies to a place of strategic primacy has occurred within a turbulent context. Globalization is driving borderless growth across established and emerging markets. Barriers to entry are being lowered, if not demolished. In this climate, new entrants focused on niches, specific functions, and overlooked domains can make meaningful impacts on a global stage traditionally dominated by the world’s biggest players. At the same time, customers are demanding evolved methods of engagement that are personalized, contextual, and tailored for individual usability and utility. Likewise, the very nature of employment is evolving as new skill sets become bargaining chips. Talent scarcity complicates efforts to rethink operating and delivery models across functions and domains. To help make sense of it all, we present Deloitte’s seventh Technology Trends report, our annual in-depth examination of eight trends that are likely to disrupt businesses in the next 18–24 months.

Innovating in the digital era

The theme of this year’s report is innovating in the digital era, which is inspired by the opportunities today’s CIOs—across industries, geographies, and company sizes—have to shape tomorrow for every corner of their organizations by transforming “business as usual.” These leaders are in a rare position to imagine a future, and then harness innovation to build it responsibly from the realities of today.

As you read the report, we challenge you to think beyond the “what” of digital innovation—the shiny objects, applications, and capabilities—to the “so what”—how you will harness emerging trends, innovation, and disruption to create real business value. Viewing the horizon through this paradigm, recognize that the precision to which we’ve all become accustomed
may no longer be a given; in the age of digital innovation, we are exploring largely uncharted territory. Moreover, any digital transformation journey should also address the more practical realities of today—reimagining core systems, industrializing analytics capabilities, building autonomic platforms—which are by no means trivial.

Technology trends and opportunities

Over the next 18–24 months, the only constant may be the specter of constant change. Amid this turmoil, organizations that can confidently and purposefully harness technology trends will find great opportunities to refocus, to revitalize, or even to inspire. Think beyond incremental adoption patterns. Look not only for ways to do familiar things differently, but also to do fundamentally different things. Launch new processes, products, and services, and seek out new ways to compete.

No matter what the scope, the time for you to act is now. Build tomorrow, starting today.

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