It’s end-of-the-year tech trends article time! Grab a coffee and see what technology trends are on our list for 2019 and into the future.
We turned to the industry experts at Gartner as our lead source of technology trends for 2019. Their list of the Top 10 Technology Trends was recently announced and presented by David Clearley, Gartner Vice President at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo.
At the forefront, and dominating the list, was anything with AI-driven development, including autonomous things and augmented analytics. It’s a smart, powerful and connected world we are quickly moving into.
Gartner predicted, by 2021, 10 percent of new vehicles will have autonomous driving capability, compared with less than one percent in 2017. But this trend is not all about cars. There are robots replacing people and drones that can be controlled remotely, to name a few. This trend will weave itself into every predictable human behavior.
We’re entering the third stage of analytics capabilities. The first stage was IT-driven and had very static dashboards. The second stage was more business-driven and had more flexibility with products like Tableau and others that were more visual and user-defined. The third stage is machine-learning-led augmented analytics.
There are AI frameworks and AI infrastructures out there with AI platforms, but the key focus for CIOs going forward will be on the increasing number of cognitive services on top of that. This “higher level of abstraction,” delivered in large part as a cloud service, is the key battleground for the giants of Google, Amazon, Microsoft and the Chinese companies.
According to Gartner research, 24 percent of enterprises implementing IoT projects are using digital twins. That number is likely to go up to 60 percent over the next one to two years.
Gartner defined digital twin as a digital representation of something in the real world. The research firm said it sees the biggest use case for digital twins in maintenance and reliability, but they’re also being used in industrial equipment manufacturing and business process and asset optimization.
Gartner predicted, by 2022, 70 percent of enterprises will be experimenting with immersive technologies for consumer and enterprise use, and 25 percent will have deployed to production.
Immersive experiences aren’t just about virtual reality; they’re about how we control the digital environment and how we perceive the digital environment. And behind all that is a fundamental shift in user experiences, where the complexity is shifting from the human to the system.
Gartner predicted that blockchain is going to create $3.1 trillion in business value by 2030, but it will be a slow ramp-up getting to that point. Gartner sees blockchain as a shared, tokenized, digitized record of assets that’s decentralized and distributed with immutable, traceable transactions and a sort of consensus mechanism, so there’s no single authority.
Digital Ethics and Privacy
With billions of endpoints collecting information now — and the intelligent edge expanding that — it becomes even more critical to pay attention to privacy, compliance and the ethics around data usage. Gartner predicted, by 2021, organizations that are caught lacking in privacy protection will pay 100 percent more in compliance costs than best-practice-adhering competitors.
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