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Technology, media, and telecommunications M&A update: Q3 2018

As the technology landscape continues to evolve at a rapid rate, the push for increased productivity is top of mind. Autonomous systems such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and appliances, coupled with augmented reality and analytics, can help create efficiency and effectiveness for tedious human operated tasks. This Technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) mergers and acquisitions (M&A) update provides Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC insights and market data analysis that shed light on M&A trends in the TMT industry.

TMT trends

  • Autonomous things:1 Autonomous things exist across a variety of areas, including robotics, vehicles, drones, appliances, and agents. Coupled with artificial intelligence, autonomous things can perform tasks traditionally done by humans and augment human processes in a more efficient and effective manner.
  • Immersive technologies:2 Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have the ability to change how users interact with the world. These technologies show potential for increased productivity, ranging from virtual chatbots to other customer experience initiatives. By 2020, about 70 percent of enterprises will be experimenting with immersive technologies.
  • Augmented analytics:3 Data science and machine learning platforms have transformed how businesses generate analytical insights, and augmented analytics can help identify said patterns without human bias. Productivity can increase as a result and data can be more tailored toward areas of deficiencies. By 2020, more than 40 percent of data science tasks will be automated, facilitating access to valuable insights for key decision makers of a business.
  • Blockchain:4 Recent widespread data breaches, paired with increasingly complex regulations will likely lead to a greater demand for de-risking identity data for personally identifiable information, privacy, and governance. Interest in blockchain is increasing due to its capabilities to affect big markets and enterprises in regards to supply chain operations and financial transactions.

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References

1, 2, 3 Gartner Research, Gartner top 10 strategic technology trends for 2019, October 15, 2018, https://www.gartner.com/smarterwithgartner/gartner-top-10-strategic-technology-trends-for-2019/, accessed October 16, 2018.
4 Forbes, Inside the blockchain trends you need to know now, August 20, 2018, https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurencoleman/2018/08/20/inside-the-blockchain-trends-you-need-to-know-now/#2613e9d73258, accessed October 16, 2018.

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