As per tradition, Gartner, Inc. has identified the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2019. These trends are expected to be highly beneficial for organizations in the near future.
According to Gartner, a strategic technology trend is one that is either extremely volatile and can reach its tipping point in the coming years or has the potential to create a disruptive impact in the future.
1. Autonomous Things
Autonomous products are those appliances or machines that uses Artificial Intelligence to perform the desired task automatically. Such devices or products can be anything from self-driving cars to drones.
According to Gartner, AI is expected to evolve further in the coming years and may interact with their surroundings more naturally and effectively.
2. Augmented Analytics/Insights
With a specific focus on augmented intelligence, Augmented Analytics uses machine learning to transform the analytics field in the stages of development, consumption, and sharing. Automated insights from it will be embedded in enterprise applications like finance, HR, sales and marketing.
By 2020, 40% of the data service-related tasks will be done automatically which will increase productivity, according to Gartner.
3. AI-Driven Development
According to Gartner, today the market is shifting towards a model in which developers are operating or working alone with predefined models in their applications to deliver them as a service. This may also eliminate the requirement or involvement of the data scientist.
“Ultimately, highly advanced AI-powered development environments automating both functional and nonfunctional aspects of applications will give rise to a new age of the ‘citizen application developer’ where non – professionals will be able to use AI-driven tools to generate new solutions automatically. said David Cearley, vice president, and Gartner Fellow
4. Digital Twins
The term ‘Digital Twins’ is used for the representation of real-life objects or systems in digital form. Gartner predicts that by 2020, there will be 20 billion+ sensors & endpoints and digital twins will exist for billions of things.
5. Empowered Edge
Edge refers to the endpoint devices that are embedded in almost all the appliances around us. It facilitates the collection, processing, and delivery of the information closer to the source. This is to ensure that traffic stays local and reduces latency.
6. Immersive Experience
Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality (MR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are transforming the way people perceive the digital world. This change in the interaction and perception models will lead to the new and improved user experience.
According to Mr. Cearley, soon we will stop thinking about the individual devices and UI technologies and start thinking about the multichannel and the multimodal experiences. With the help of EDGE devices that have surrounded us and the world like sensors, automobiles, computing devices, and appliances will help people to connect with the digital world, and this is what termed as multimodal experience.
Similarly, multichannel experience involves human senses with the advanced computer senses like radar, heat, and humidity all around the multimodal devices. This way the whole environment will become a functioning computer itself.
The blockchain is not an alien term in today’s world, but according to Gartner, Blockchain seems promising to reshape industries by building trust and providing transparency. Also, it’s necessary to reduce friction across business ecosystems.
According to Mr. Cearley, even if current blockchain technologies are poorly understood, immature and lacks trust, IT leaders should begin exploring blockchain. As of now, even if IT leaders and CIOs don’t adopt blockchain technology in the coming few years, they are still promising for future needs perspective.
8. Smart Spaces
Smart Spaces means the environment (physical or digital) where both human beings and technology/systems can interact in a more of a connected and open ecosystem.
According to Mr. Cearley, “be it customers, community members, employees or citizens, the concept of smart spaces technology has become an essential part of our day-to-day professional as well as personal life.”
9. Digital Ethics and Privacy
One of the growing concerns for governments and organizations is – digital ethics and privacy. People are concerned about how organizations (both private and public sectors) are using their personal information.
Mr. Cearley says that trust is more important for any firm, and security & privacy are two of the essential factors in building trust. According to Mr. Cearley, “Trust is the acceptance of the truth of a statement without evidence or investigation. Ultimately an organization’s position on privacy must be driven by its broader position on ethics and trust. Shifting from privacy to ethics moves the conversation beyond ‘are we compliant’ toward ‘are we doing the right thing.”
10. Quantum Computing
Quantum computing is basically a type of computing which operates on the quantum state of subatomic particles. It is evolving at a much faster pace than the people realize. However, even though it’s growing at a rapid speed, by 2022 most of the businesses will still be in an exploring phase, according to Gartner.
Technologies are growing at a rapid pace, and every day we come across a new development in them. The world around us seems to be almost entirely dependent on technology. Technologies like blockchain and AI are referred to as the technologies of the future which may revolutionize the way industries work.
However, all this development in the field of technology looks promising and exciting, and we are more likely to see them in the near future.
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