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Top 10 strategic technology trends for 2017


October 28, 2016

When it comes to the future of technology, it’s almost impossible to stay up to date.

From new apps, gadgets and social trends, knowing what’s a fad and what is the future is something we’d all love to know. With a little help from the folks at Gartner Inc., we can start to understand what could be the next strategic technology trends.

According to Gartner, a strategic technology trend is one with substantial disruptive potential that is just beginning to break out of an emerging state into broader impact over the next five years.

So, without further ado, let’s break down Gartner’s list of Top 10 strategic technology trends for 2017.

AI and Advanced Machine Learning

Say goodbye to rule-based algorithms, and make room “intelligent” machines. Artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced machine learning (eg. deep learning, neural networks, natural-language processing) create systems that understand, learn and predict, adapt and potentially operate autonomously.

Intelligent Apps

Over the next 10 years, it looks like just about every app, application and service will incorporate some level of AI. Intelligent apps like VPAs will perform the functions of a human assistant, including the organization and highlighting of important content in emails. In the end, it looks like intelligent apps have the potential to transform the workplace.

Intelligent Things

From drones, autonomous vehicles to smart appliances, intelligent things go beyond the execution of rigid programming models to exploit applied AI and machine learning to deliver more advanced behaviours and interact naturally with its surroundings.

Virtual and Augmented Reality

As long as you haven’t been living under a rock for the last two years, virtual and augmented reality shouldn’t be new to you. These immersive technologies are transforming the way people interact with one another and with software systems. According to Gartner, over the next five years, you will see integration across mobile and wearable, as well as physical rooms and spaces becoming active with things.

Digital Twin

From proactively repairing equipment to planning manufacturing processes, organizations within the next three to five years will put a lot of energy on digital twins. Defined as a dynamic software model that relies on sensor data to understand its state, digital twins include a combination of metadata, condition or state, event data and analytics.

Blockchain and Distributed Ledgers

To all those people who believe blockchain is just a fad, I’m sorry, it doesn’t look that way. Blockchain, the technology behind bitcoin, is a public ledger of transactions that no one person or company owns or controls. While blockchain is currently focused on financial services, there are many possible applications including, music distribution, identity verification, and title registry and supply chain.

Conversational System

Currently, conversational interfaces are focused on chatbots and microphone-enabled devices such as, speakers in smartphones, tablets, and automobiles. Conversely, conversational systems interact with people through language to assist, enable, or entertain.

Mesh App and Service Architecture

As more and more apps are being designed to work together, they need to be supported by an IT architecture that can support the delivery of apps and services to the digital mesh. Mesh apps and service architecture need to allow for the rapid evolution of users’ needs and methods of interacting with the technology.

Digital Technology Platforms

Looking to build a digital business? Start with these five building blocks: information systems, customer experience, analytics and intelligence, the IoT, and business ecosystems. Every organization looking to thrive must offer some mix of these five digital technology platforms to see success in the digital world.

Adaptive Security Architecture

Security. We know the importance, so it only makes sense that organizations looking to the future understand how security is changing. Intelligent digital mesh and related digital technology platforms and applications architectures create a complex world for security. Therefore, organizations must utilize established security technologies as a baseline to secure Internet of Things (IoT) platforms.

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Michael Sutherland-Shaw

Michael Sutherland-Shaw

Marketing Communications Specialist at FreeBalance
Michael works in the marketing and communications department following a career in journalism. Michael is currently learning Ruby on Rails and loves discovering new music.

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