Gartner has presented its ‘Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2018’, in which it talks about the Intelligent Digital Network: an interlacing of people, devices, content, and services. It is enabled by digital models, business platforms and a rich and intelligent set of services to support the digital business.
These tendencies are included in 3 main themes:
Intelligence: how AI is seeping into virtually every technology. With a defined approach can allow more dynamic, flexible and potentially autonomous systems
Digital: combines the virtual world and the real world to create an immersive environment connected and digitally enhanced
Network: the connections between an expanding group of people, businesses, devices, content and services to offer digital results
According to the consultant, these are the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2018:
A recent Gartner survey showed that 59% of organizations are still gathering information to build their AI strategies, while the rest have already advanced in the experimentation or adoption of Artificial Intelligence solutions. The company indicates that although using the AI correctly will give a great result to digital commerce, it is doubtful that these systems can magically perform any intellectual task like a human. That is why he says that we must bet on the Narrow AI (Weak Artificial Intelligence): high-level machine learning solutions that address a specific task (such as understanding the language or driving a vehicle in a controlled environment).
Smart applications and analysis
During the coming years, practically all the applications and services will have incorporated some level of AI, and many will not be able to continue existing without this machine learning technology. This will lead to a new stage that will transform the nature of work as we know it, as well as its structure.
“You have to explore smart applications as a way to increase human activity and not as a way to replace people,” says Cearley.
Internet of Things (IoT)
Try to integrate into physical and everyday objects the ability to offer advanced behaviors and interact naturally with the environment and users. That is the key. We see examples of autonomous vehicles, robots and unmanned aircraft. This trend is advancing more rapidly and its inclusion in daily life is gradually becoming a reality in the lives of many people.
It is about the digital representation of a real-world entity or system. Digital Twins have the ability to significantly improve decision making within companies and can be used to understand the state of things, respond to changes, improve operations and add value.
“Urban planners, digital marketers, healthcare professionals and industrial planners will benefit from this long-term change,” explains the Gartner representative.
The Edge Computing represents a Cloud model with a great intelligence centralized in the data center, but with computing capacity in the periphery of the network to download the central cloud, and that is therefore flexible in the face of problems of connectivity and reduce latency.
One of the biggest changes that technology has introduced is the transformation in communication between human beings. The conversation platforms will be responsible for driving the next big change and, in the coming years, will become a prime design goal for user interaction.
“The challenge facing conversation platforms is that users must communicate in a very structured way, and this is often a frustrating experience,” says David Cearley.
In the next five years, the Mixed Reality, a mixture of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, will be promoted, where the user interacts with digital and real objects while maintaining their presence in the physical world.
For this to evolve, companies must examine new specific real-life scenarios where these new technologies can be applied, improving design processes, training and visualization.
The Blockchain technologies are a way out of the current centralized transaction and record – keeping mechanisms, and can be useful for creating digital business base both for traditional businesses and startups.
With Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things and other technologies, any issue in the business can be quickly detected and analyzed in detail (such as the completion of a purchase order or the landing of an airplane).
Considering that we live in a world where attacks through digital platforms are continuous, helping to create a secure and closed network is of great importance. Leaders in security and risk management must adopt a continuous adaptive risk and confidence assessment approach to ensure that digital business initiatives can be carried out safely.
For now, it seems that these initiatives will be those that will take center stage in the world market. We will see what is your line of evolution.