David Cearley, Vice President and Gartner Fellow, released the company’s “Top Ten Strategic Technology Trends for 2016.” They emphasize the Internet of Things, and smart devices talking to each other, getting smarter and more useful as they do. Through it all, the evolution of digital business is clearly at the heart of what is covered. Here is a summary of the trends:
1. The Device Mesh
A variety of other trends have led to an increased number of sensors embedded in many technologies and devices that we use personally and professionally.
2. Ambient User Experience
Gartner refers to these devices and sensors’ ability to gather more contextual data as described above as AMbient UX. The challenge will be with application design, anticipating this level of device synchronicity and collaboration, for lack of better framing.
3. 3D-printing Materials
Though not a new trend, 3D-printing has caught its stride now that companies like Tesla are using it to build engine parts, and SpaceX is using it to create rocket parts.
4. Information of Everything
According to Gartner, by 2020, 25 billion devices will be generating data about almost every topic imaginable. This is equal parts opportunity and challenge.
To an increasing extent, technologies will be able to not only collect information, but learn based upon it. In the process, much of the initial analysis that has typically required a human can be done by machines, elevating the analysis in the process.
6. Autonomous Agents and Things
The potential for robots to continue to master and surpass humans in their ability to undertake human tasks will increase rapidly. Perhaps the most prominent example is the autonomous driving car, which leverage learnings from autonomous vehicles that have been used within controlled environments for years.
7. Adaptive Security Architecture
A majority of CIOs list security as their top priority, especially with an increased number of companies that have experienced breaches.
8. Advanced Customer Architecture
Gartner notes that companies are pushing the envelope on making technology mimic human brains.
9. Mesh App and Service Architecture
More apps are being built to be plugged together, and the value of the combination is much greater than the sum of the parts.
10. Internet of Things Architecture and Platforms
Gartner indicates that the providers of Internet of Things platforms are fragmented today, and would benefit greatly from cobbling together a better ecosystem where data is shared more broadly.