2018 Tech Trends
The symphonic enterprise
It’s all CIOs can do to keep up with each new disruptive technology—blockchain, cognitive, digital reality—and incorporate them into specific organisational domains. But there’s a better way to understand and use today’s profound changes: to see these technological forces as complementary, working in harmony.
From re-engineering technology to digital reality, no collar workforces, and the exponential technology watch list, our ninth 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.
As digital reality, cognitive, and blockchain continue to redefine IT and business, organizations should look to move beyond vertical or horizontal approaches to new technology. Ideally, strategy, technology, and operations should work together, in harmony, across domains and boundaries.
While the report identifies key trends that will likely revolutionise enterprise technology in the next 18-24 months, the exponentials technology watch list looks even farther into the future, describing how organisations are developing an innovation approach to harnessing the disruptive forces of quantum computing and artificial intelligence amongst others.
This year's trends
Reengineering technology: Building new IT delivery models from the top down and bottom up.
No-collar workforce: Humans and machines in one loop—collaborating in roles and new talent models.
Enterprise data sovereignty: If you love your data, set it free.
The new core: Unleashing the digital potential in “heart of the business” operations.
Digital reality: The focus shifts from technology to opportunity.
Blockchain to blockchains: Broad adoption and integration enter the realm of the possible.
The API imperative: Do you see your technology assets as, well, assets? Increasingly, companies are architecting and designing their technology for both use and reuse.
Exponential technology watch list: Advanced AI, quantum computers, industrial robots that act on our behalf—they’re not science fiction but reality, and using them demands a disciplined process.
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