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Top Strategic Technology Trends for 2019

We’d like to enrich and develop our recent post concerning Technology Trends for 2019, as this topic has been trending more and more recently.

Let’s review the definition of a “strategic technology trend”.

Gartner says that it is a trend with great potential to break out of the developing stage into a wider spectrum of influence and usage. Gartner also refers to those trends that are growing fast and are very likely to reach the top within next five years.

Yearly, Gartner publishes a very comprehensive list of the technology trends that CIOs and other chief executives should know by heart to develop and take the right actions in the future. David Cearely, Gartner’s vice president, presents the top 10 technology trends for 2019 that he groups in an “Intelligent Digital Mesh”.

Strategic technology trends for 2019 - What are they?

“Intelligent Digital Mesh” consists of digital models, business platforms and services supporting digital business.

  1. Intelligent – means simply AI, present in nearly every technology, that may facilitate a dynamic and autonomous system.
  2. Digital – a mixture of the virtual world and the real world with an aim to build connected and digital environment.
  3. Mesh – describes the connections among teams of people, businesses, technology, content and services that together create digital outcomes.

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Gartner’s top 10 strategic technology trends for 2019

After this short introduction, look below and learn about the biggest technology trends to appear the following year:

Autonomous things

Autonomous things is one of the top strategic technology trends for 2019.

Do you have robots, autonomous vehicles and drones on your mind? Great! And what about automation and AI? Gartner writes about developing automation where AI would perform tasks done by humans – it considers behaviors and functions.

What’s new? A change from an single intelligent device to multiple intelligent things connected with one another will be visible in 2019. It’ll finally make collaborative work between many different devices possible.

Augmented analytics

This second technology trend relates to an augmented intelligence that will be supported by the potential of AI with an aim to boost human intelligence, not to replace it, as many people think it would. Gartner believes that augmented analytics will be capable of doing rapid:

  • data preparation and management
  • developed analysis
  • management of business processes
  • processing data platforms.

These faster processes will be partly possible thanks to machine learning that will change the way developing analytics is shared and consumed. According to Gartner, augmented analytics is the trend that will automate preparing data, generating and visualizing insights. It would also eliminate the need for help from a professional scientist in many cases.

Cearley says that this technology trend will create a citizen data science – “an emerging set of capabilities and practices that enables users whose main job is outside the field of statistics and analytics to extract predictive and prescriptive insights from data” (Gartner).

AI-driven development

AI will be used in development processes according to Cearley. AI-driven code generation will develop rapidly in the market. Nowadays data scientists cooperate with application developers to build AI-supported solutions to a model in order to create models delivered as a service.

Gartner predicts that by 2022, around 40 percent of new app development projects will be co-created by AI developers.

AI is one of the top strategic technology trends for 2019.

Digital twins

The definition of a digital twin is as follows: a representation of real-world items connected together, like in human twins, processes and things. This concept of twins is already used in sectors of manufactories to control assets and save on repairing, maintenance and operating.

Gartner says that over next years digital twins of different processes of things and people will be linked. Gartner also mentions A DTO (data transfer object) is a dynamic software model relying on various data to understand organizations’ work, business models or strategies. The DTO can support the efficiency, flexibility of business processes and made them responsive to changeable environment.

Empowered edge

This technical trend can be described as deriving more from edge devices. Edge Computing is in fact a special computing for systems that are far away from the main data centre; it needs very stable performance and connectivity. Some examples of remote computing applications for edge computing are: branch offices, retail locations and facilities, medical facilities etc.

Gartner focuses on three main elements of the Edge that will grow:

  • CLOUD TO THE EDGE – the usage of cloud’s architecture to deliver capabilities to the edge,
  • EMPOWERED EDGE DEVICES – AI chips providing more computing capabilities and storage,
  • COMMUNICATION WITH THE EDGE – technologies, such as 5G, that will be better developed over next years and driving edge computing.

Virtualized experience

This trend concerns the interactions of people and the digital world. Gartner predicts that so called “immersive platforms” are changing thanks to the development of VR, AR and MR.

Gartner mentions remote assistance, growing in popularity, where engineers work remotely in different factories with each other.

The concept of individual possessions or company devices will be blurred. The experience will shift into multi-channel (will use human senses together with computer senses across multi-modal devices) or multi-modal (connects people with digital world across various edge devices, sensors and appliances.

Smart Spaces

Gartner defines the next trend – “smart space” as an environment (physical or digital) where people and technological systems interact in special and intelligent eco-systems. Such smart space includes humans, processes, services and things – connected together – creating automated interactive experience (for teams or companies).

This technology trend is and will be developing fast, especially when we think of the concept of: smart cities or homes, digital workplaces or connected companies/factories. Smart spaces are predicted to grow constantly, as technology will be playing an important part in the lives of CIOs, employers, clients, employees and every citizen, as Mr. Cearley has said.

Quantum Computing

What is the best way to describe quantum computing? Let’s think of one of the biggest libraries in the world – The New York Public Library – and about the amount of books it has in its repository: around 60 millions books. Our “traditional” computer would read these books in a linear way, whereas thanks to quantum computing it is possible to read them all simultaneously, at the same time.

Gartner says that quantum computing would be helpful in solving problems in physics, biology, chemistry and other sciences that are highly demanding – requiring time and attention from many professionals.

Remember that QC should be carefully analyzed and identified by you as a CIO/ executive director. Learn, think how it can be applied to help you in your daily life and business. Start thinking about exploiting QC after profound and serious analysis, around year 2023.

Conclusion of top strategic trends

All these technology trends for 2019 shouldn’t be overlooked by any CIO today – they’ll have vast influence upon our businesses and lives. They are going to boost our creativity, intelligence and possibilities. Thanks to them, your digital mesh can be richer and will create greater business value in the future years.

Resources:

  • https://www.pcmag.com/article/364429/gartners-top-10-strategic-technology-trends-for-2019
  • http://www.aptosolutions.com/blog/when-you-hear-autonomous-agents-and-things-what-do-you-think (image)
  • https://pixabay.com/pl/users/TeroVesalainen-809550/ (image)

Matt Warcholinski

Matt Warcholinski is the COO of Brainhub (a software house building awesome node.js web and mobile apps) who loves to build startups and play guitar.

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