Gartner Predicts The Top Technology Trends Now and In The Future
Sneak Peek: By 2020, 100 million consumers will shop in augmented reality. By 2020, 30 percent of web browsing sessions will be done without a screen. By 2022, a blockchain-based business will be worth $10 billion . . .
Gartner, Inc. – the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company – predicts dramatic changes are ahead in the way you will do business and conduct your personal life in a 24-7, always-on, digital world.
Take a typical day. You awaken to a personal digital assistant briefing you on your schedule, the news, that important lunch date, your portfolio, and – oh, yes — your significant other’s upcoming birthday gift selection is on its way. Your home’s temperature is automatically adjusting to your liking, and freshly brewed Java awaits you in the kitchen.
Time to go! You jump in your car, and it takes you to your destination. Uh-oh, you forgot to reset the thermostat and lock the front door. No problem. You take care of it quickly via an app or voice command. At work, from the factory floor to your office, integrated, intelligent apps and “things” make your day smarter, easier and more efficient.
During a break, you shop online for that vacation cottage you’ve been thinking about. Taking a virtual walk out to the pool, the beach, and through the house convinces you it’s a go, and you book the property – bitcoins preferred.
To be sure, most of these technologies are already here in some form. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Science, medicine, manufacturing, healthcare, commerce, and culture will undergo enormous change in the years ahead.
Gartner proposes that three business themes form the basis of the Top 10 strategic technology trends for 2017 and beyond: intelligent, digital, and mesh. Be you a consumer or business, these promise to be the game-changers.
- The intelligent quotient involves applied AI & advanced machine learning, intelligent apps, and intelligent things.
- Digital trending encompasses virtual and augmented reality, digital twins, blockchains and distributed Ledgers.
- The mesh is the glue and will include conversational systems, mesh app and architecture, digital technology platforms and adaptive security architecture.
According to David Cearley, vice president, and Gartner Fellow, these technologies are just beginning to break out of an emerging state and stand to have substantial disruptive potential across industries.
In other words, per Gartner, we’ll be seeing a dramatic and consistent digital evolution that will redefine markets and entire industries as well as the consumer experience.
AI and Advanced Machine Learning
Artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced machine learning (ML) will create a new class of apps and embedded intelligence for autonomous performance and operation.
Intelligent apps will perform some of the functions of a human assistant making everyday tasks easier at home and in the workplace. These intelligent apps have the potential to transform the nature of work and structure of the workplace.
Intelligent things go beyond apps to deliver advanced behaviors and interactions As intelligent things, such as drones, autonomous vehicles, and smart appliances, permeate the environment, Gartner anticipates a shift from stand-alone intelligent things to a collaborative intelligent things model.
Virtual and Augmented Reality
Immersive technologies, such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), will transform the way individuals interact with one another and with software systems. “Consumer and business content and applications will evolve dramatically through 2021,” said Mr. Cearley of Gartner
A dynamic software model of a physical thing or system Gartner predicts that within three to five years, hundreds of millions of things will be represented by digital twins and eventually become proxies for skilled individuals and traditional monitoring devices and controls.
Blockchain and Distributed Ledgers
Blockchain is a type of distributed ledger in which transactions (in bitcoin or other tokens) are sequentially grouped into blocks linked and recorded across a peer-to-peer network using cryptographic trust and assurance mechanisms. The concept holds the promise of transforming industry models in such areas as financial services, music distribution, identity verification and many more.
While conversational interfaces currently focus on chatbots and microphone-enabled devices, a digital mesh will eventually encompass an expanding set of endpoints people use to access applications and information or to communicate. Connection models will create greater interaction between these devices for a new, continuous and ambient digital experience
Mesh App and Service Architecture
In the mesh app and service architecture (MASA), apps of all types (mobile, desktop, IoT, etc.) link to a broad mesh of back-end services to create what users view as an “application.” The MASA enables users to have an optimized solution for as well as a continuous experience as they shift across these different channels.
Digital Technology Platforms
Gartner has identified the five major focal points to enable the new capabilities and business models of digital business — information systems, customer experience, analytics and intelligence, the IoT, and business ecosystems. Every organization will have some mix of these technology platforms — a critical enabler to become a digital business.
Adaptive Security Architecture
The digital mesh of technology platforms and application architectures create an ever-more-complex world for security that will require new IT remediation tools and processes.