Over the last ten years, technology has become ingrained in the very fabric of our lives, drastically changing the way we live and work. The technology train doesn’t appear to be slowing anytime soon, and keeping up with the trends can be a challenge.

Gartner Inc., the research and advisory firm providing information technology related insights for the IT world, has just released its top 10 strategic technology trends for 2018:

#10 Continuous Adaptive Risk and Trust

With threats like WannaCry and Petya Variant, organizations need to monitor threats closely as cyber terrorism continues to rise.  With Continuous Adaptive Risk and Trust (CARTA), businesses can obtain real-time, risk, and trust-based decision-making. Organizations are recommended to integrate security into their DevOps to deliver continuous “SevSecOps” process, along with deception technologies to halt unauthorized access to their network.

#9 Event Driven

We’re not talking parties here.  Event Driven, in digital business moments, will drive digital business. These are a combination of business events that reflect notable states and change in a business. Business events can be detected quickly and analyzed more accurately, with advancements in AI and loT. Gartner suggests that organizations should embrace “event thinking”, as they predicted that by 2020, 80% of new business eco-systems will require support for event processing, and will be a required characteristic for 80% of digital business solutions.

#8 Blockchain

Blockchain is a digital ledger in which transactions made in bitcoin or other cryptocurrency are recorded in date order and publicly. The benefit is that this removes business friction by being independent of individual applications or participants, and can potentially allow untrusted parties to exchange commercial transactions, but caution is still advised when dealing with blockchain and the regulations behind it (or the lack thereof).

#7 Immersive Experience

Gartner predicts that within the next five years, the immersive experience will focus on MR, or mixed reality, which is a combination of augmented reality and virtual reality.  This allows the experience user maintain a presence in the real world while interacting with the digital world

#6 Conversational Platform

Have you ever sat down to learn a new technology, having to utilize user manuals, or have a friend show you how to use the new technology? Conversational platforms allow the user to communicate their need or intent using natural language. Over the next few years, Gartner estimates that this interface will become a primary design goal for user interaction.

#5 Cloud to the Edge

Edge computing brings the actual tech computation and processing nearer to the user or thing, bringing it to the “edge” of the network. Edge computing reduces the bandwidth needed and greatly reduces the latency between sensors to the cloud.

#4 Digital Twins

No, Arnold Schwarzenegger hasn’t come out with a sequel to Twins. Digital twins is a digital representation of a real-world system, and can offer information on the functionality of their real-world counterpart. The digital counterpart can potentially save organization billions of dollars in repairs and operations by responding to changes.

#3 Intelligent Things

Great examples of intelligent things are devices like Amazon Echo or Google Home.  As advancements in AI and machine learning continue to grow, these items in our home and business will continue to become even more intelligent and interact with other intelligent things.

#2 Intelligent Apps and Analytics

AI is already integrated into the technologies we use every day, and will continue to do so. Gartner predicts that by 2018, every smartphone will have a dedicated AI chip.  Creating an intelligent layer between user and systems, intelligent apps will transform workplace structure.

#1 AI Foundations

A Gartner survey shows that 59% of organizations are collecting data to build an AI Strategy, and by 2020, 30% of CIOs will include AI in their top investment priorities.  Because of AI’s ability to enhance decision making, reinvent business models and remaking customer’s experiences, now is the time to invest in building your AI foundation.

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