Tech Trends 2017


2017 Tech Trends

The kinetic enterprise

From dark analytics to mixed reality, machine intelligence, and blockchain, our eighth annual Technology Trends report analyzes 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.

Tech Trends 2017: The kinetic enterprise

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 realize that potential, they should become 'kinetic' organizations—companies with the dexterity and vision required to thrive amid ongoing technology-fueled disruption.

While the report identifies key trends that will likely revolutionize 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 organizations modernize 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.

Exponentials watch list - Advances in disruption forces like synthetic biology, energy storage, quantum computing, and nanotech could exponentially transform the way we do business.

For prior years' Tech Trends, visit the Tech Trends Archive below.

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Tech Trends archive

Deloitte’s annual Tech Trends reports examine the ever-evolving technology landscape and those trends that have the potential to transform business, government, and society. Written from the perspective of the CIO, these reports explore technology trends that have the opportunity to impact organizations - across industries, geographies, and sizes today and in the future. Find them here and experience the evolution:

Tech Trends 2016: Innovating in the digital era
The 2016 report identifies eight trends that reflect macro forces fueling innovation: digital, analytics, cloud, the renaissance of core systems, and the changing role of IT within the enterprise, balanced with the implications of cyber risk—security, compliance, regulatory and compliance, quality, and safety. The theme for the report was inspired by the opportunities today’s CIOs—across industries, geographies, and company sizes—have to shape every corner of their organizations by transforming "business as usual."

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Tech Trends 2015: The fusion of business and IT
The 2015 report examines nine current technology trends, ranging from the way some organizations are using application programming interfaces to extend services and create new revenue streams, to the dramatic impact connectivity and analytics are having on digital marketing; and from the evolving role of the CIO to changing IT skill sets and delivery models.

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Tech Trends 2014: Inspiring disruption
The 2014 report discusses 10 trends that exemplify the unprecedented potential for emerging technologies to reshape how work gets done, how businesses grow, and how markets and industries evolve.

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Tech Trends 2013: Elements of postdigital
The 2013 report examines the continued convergence and controlled collision of five forces–analytics, mobile, social, cloud, and cyber–as businesses move closer to achieving the possibilities of the Postdigital Enterprise™, where all five forces are mature, implemented, and integrated.
Tech Trends 2012: Elevate IT for digital business
The 2012 report examines the broad impacts of five technology forces that have influenced our reports over the past several years–analytics, mobility, social, cloud, and cyber security.
Tech Trends 2011: The natural convergence of business and IT
Our 2011 trends report explores the convergence of social and mobile computing–a convergence that is fundamentally changing how information is accessed and used in business operations and decision-making. “There’s an app for that” captures the essence of this change, engaging users wherever and whenever they choose, and taking full advantage of the next generation of cloud computing.
Tech Trends 2010: Depth perception: A dozen technology trends shaping business and IT
The 2010 report offers technology trends clustered in two categories: Emerging Enablers and Disruptive Deployments. Emerging Enablers are core disciplines that have evolved within organizations–capabilities, skills, and philosophies that are critical for IT and the business to partner, innovate, and create value.

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