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Analytics trends in focus: Tech Trends 2017

What’s on the horizon for data analytics

Data analytics is front and center in several of the eight trends featured in the Deloitte Tech Trends 2017 report. From dark analytics to machine intelligence, we take a look at data analytics trends that could disrupt business as usual over the next 18–24 months, creating competitive advantages and better outcomes for those who effectively anticipate what’s next.

Tech Trends 2017: The kinetic enterprise

To thrive in today’s rapidly evolving technology environment, companies should become “kinetic”—continually moving and adapting to changes. 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 key areas that blend science and applied technologies.

Dark analytics

​Across enterprises, ever-expanding stores of data remain unstructured and unanalyzed. Few organizations have been able to explore nontraditional data sources such as image, audio, and video files; the torrent of machine and sensor information generated by the Internet of Things; and the enormous troves of raw data found in the unexplored recesses of the “deep web.” However, recent advances in computer vision, pattern recognition, and cognitive analytics are making it possible for companies to shine a light on these untapped sources and derive insights that lead to better experiences and decision making across the business.

Machine intelligence

Artificial intelligence’s rapid evolution has given rise to myriad distinct—yet often misunderstood—AI capabilities such as machine learning, deep learning, cognitive analytics, robotics process automation (RPA), and bots, among others. Collectively, these and other tools constitute machine intelligence: Algorithmic capabilities that can augment employee performance, automate increasingly complex workloads, and develop “cognitive agents” that simulate both human thinking and engagement. Machine intelligence represents the next chapter in the advanced analytics journey. ​

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More trends rooted in analytics

Everything-as-a-service: Analytics, social media, and mobile are among the driving forces giving rise to business processes being reimagined as services.

Blockchain: Trust economy:  Blockchain is emerging as the mainstay for digital identities in the emerging trust economy. Analytics is one of the core requirements needed to drive better decisions and detect network anomalies.

Tech Trends 2017: The kinetic enterprise

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