Deloitte's seven emerging tech trends

Deloitte's seven emerging tech trends

The company found the next phase of IT innovation facing CIOs in and out of government.

In Deloitte Consulting LLP’s recently released tech trends report, “The Kinetic Enterprise,” it identified the forces that remain constant in driving IT transformation; digital, analytics, cloud, the reimagining of core systems, and the changing role of IT within the enterprise. The findings are relevant to CIOs in both private and public sector.

The implementations of these forces continue to vary as technologies in each advance. Chief information officers in particular adopted different approaches to running IT organizations and optimizing business operations.  Further, they transitioned from focusing on IT through maintenance and system support to innovating and enabling business strategy.

Below are the seven technologies that are expected to impact business and gain mass adoption in the next 18 to 24 months, according to Deloitte:

  1. Dark Analytics: Advances in computer vision, pattern recognition and cognitive analytics is enabling organizations to explore nontraditional data sources like machine and sensor information generated by the Internet of Things and raw data found in the “deep web.” This data could be used to derive further insights and lead to better decision-making.

  2. Machine Intelligence: The evolution of artificial intelligence has led to machine learning, cognitive analytics and robotics process automation; all of which, along with other tools, create MI. This can improve employee performance, automate complex workloads and empower systems to make inferences and predictions. For CIOs, this will require a new way of thinking about data analysis.

  3. Mixed Reality: Defined as the blend of augmented reality, virtual reality and IoT trends, this advancement is making way for tools that use sensors, gestures, voice, and digital content, creating new environments where digital and physical objects, and their data, coexist (sandboxes). Though still new, MR is being piloted in government agencies and companies alike. 

  4. Inevitable Architecture: Organizations are combining open source, open standards, virtualization and containerization, while leveraging automation and a “cloud-first” mindset. This trend is a standardization of a flexible architecture model aimed at improving efficiency, reducing hardware costs, and foundationally supporting speed, flexibility and quicker outcomes.

  5. Everything-as-a-Service: As organizations refocus business capabilities and approach products and processes as a collection of services, IT may need to revitalize legacy core systems. This can be done by reorienting systems and products as services, and when moving to a service-based platform, starting with small capabilities rather than a new enterprise resource planning system off the bat.

  6. Blockchain: Deloitte deemed blockchain as the “gatekeeper in the emerging ‘trust economy’.” Organizations are using this cyber technology to store digital records, exchange digital assets without friction, and to execute smart contracts.

  7. Exponentials Watch List: In the next three to five years, business use cases and pioneering deployments could include nanotechnologies, energy systems, biotechnologies and quantum optimization technologies.

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