Gartner’s 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2016 – Summarized

Data and IOT are augmenting the digital user experience

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Last month Gartner officially released its top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2016. Below is a summarized list. I paraphrased and summarized it for the sake of quicker consumption. Gartner believes that these tech trends will shape digital business opportunities through 2020. Although some of the terminology is rather familiar, I admit having to read some of these points a few times to grasp exactly how they related to one another.

  1. Device Mesh – BYOD has now transformed into the “Device Mesh”.  The Internet of Things is a result of not only smart mobile devices, but now automotive, smart home connectivity and wearables. These devices and technology now play into this Device Mesh equation. Expect to see a closer link and cooperation / collaboration between the various devices.
  2. Ambient User Experience – Picture this as a constant flow of connectivity regardless of where you are  and which device or devices you are using to connect. Whether you are sitting in your car, train or sofa, the information and experience should flow from one device to another. This experience will play significantly into the software developers as user experience will be the main differentiation in selling commercial solution.
  3. 3D Printing Materials – Tremendous advancements and innovations are being made in the 3D printing market.  These innovations are driving user demand, as the practical applications for 3D printers expand to more sectors, including aerospace, medical, automotive, energy and the military. Expect a huge growth in the 3D printing materials over the next 5 -20 years.
  4. Information of Everything – Huge amount of data have existed forever. In the last few years, we have begun to understand the power of harnessing and leveraging that data for better business. Advances in semantic tools such as Graph Databases as well as other emerging data classification and information analysis techniques will bring meaning to the often chaotic deluge of information.
  5. Advanced Machine Learning – Deep Learning or Deep Neural Networks go beyond the typical machine designed to autonomously learn to perceive the world, on their own.DNNs (an advanced form of machine learning particularly applicable to large, complex datasets) is what makes smart machines appear “intelligent.”
  6. Autonomous Agents and Things – Virtual Personal Assistants are more than ever part of our digital user experience. Microsoft Cortana, Google Now, & Apple Siri act in an autonomous or semi-autonomous manner to help in our every day lives. We should expect to see continuous evolution and of this type of user interaction / experience over the next 20 years.
  7. Adaptive Security Architecture – Organizations more than ever are concerned about digital security. We are quickly learning that relying on today’s perimeter techniques are inadequate. “Application self-protection, as well as user and entity behavior analytics, will help fulfill the adaptive security architecture.”
  8. Advanced System Architecture – The mesh and digital intelligent explosion require high powered technological architectures. Fueled by field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), underlying architecture will allow for speeds greater than a Teraflop.
  9. Mesh App and Service Architecture –  This point once again shines a light on Software Defined. With the emergence of Cloud, Mobility, Containers, Internet of Things and specifically the Device Mesh, application development teams must direct their focus to create modern architectures. Their objectives are to deliver agile – flexible apps while satisfying a flexible and dynamic user experience.
  10. Internet of Things Platforms – IoT platforms augment the mesh app and service architecture. Managing, securing and integrating other technologies are the basis for building, managing and securing elements of the IOT. IOT is an important part of the digital mesh, and user experience. As organizations begin to understand and embrace IOT, a process / mechanism  / platform to manage this will need to emerge.

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