The digital revolution today is an age of human empowerment: rapid advances have created a people centric technology environment where the power lies with people to shape technology as they see fit. The 2017 Accenture Technology Vision report showcases the top five disruptive IT trends and innovations shaping the business landscape in 2017 and beyond. Accenture has identified five trends that underscore the importance of focusing on ‘˜Technology for People’ to achieve digital success. Tomorrow’ s leaders are taking these trends on board and executing strategies to secure their clear digital advantage.
According to Accenture:
No longer are we waiting and wondering how the latest digital technology innovations will change things; rather, we’ re taking control and shaping technology to fit our needs, large and small. Digital disruption has a new direction. We’ re using technology to disrupt ourselves.
2017 VISION TRENDS
- AI is the New UI
Experience Above All: Artificial intelligence (AI) is about to become a company’ s digital spokesperson. Moving beyond a back-end tool for the enterprise, AI is taking on more sophisticated roles within technology interfaces. From autonomous driving vehicles that use computer vision, to live translations made possible by artificial neural networks, AI is making every interface both simple and smart ‘“ and setting a high bar for how future interactions will work. It will act as the face of a company’ s digital brand and a key differentiator ‘“ and become a core competency demanding of C-level investment and strategy.
- Ecosystem Power Plays
Beyond Platforms: Companies are increasingly integrating their core business functionalities with third parties and their platforms. But rather than treat them like partnerships of old, forward-thinking leaders leverage these relationships to build their role in new digital ecosystems ‘“ instrumental to unlocking their next waves of strategic growth. As they do, they’ re designing future value chains that will transform their businesses, products, and even the market itself.
- Workforce Marketplace
Invent Your Future: The future of work has already arrived, and digital leaders are fundamentally reinventing their workforces. Driven by a surge of on-demand labor platforms and online work management solutions, legacy models and hierarchies are being dissolved and replaced with open talent marketplaces. This resulting on-demand enterprise will be key to the rapid innovation and organizational changes that companies need to transform themselves into truly digital businesses.
- Design for Humans
Inspire New Behaviors: What if technology adapted to people? The new frontier of digital experiences is technology designed specifically for individual human behavior. Business leaders recognize that as technology shrinks the gap between effective human and machine cooperation, accounting for unique human behavior expands not only the quality of experience but also the effectiveness of technology solutions. This shift is transforming traditional personalized relationships into something much more valuable: partnerships.
- The Uncharted
Invent New Industries, Set New Standards: Businesses are not just creating new products and services; they’ re shaping new digital industries. From technology standards, to ethical norms, to government mandates, in an ecosystem-driven digital economy, one thing is clear: a wide scope of rules still needs to be defined. To fulfill their digital ambitions, companies must take on a leadership role to help shape the new rules of the game. Those who take the lead will find a place at or near the center of their new ecosystem, while those who don’ t risk being left behind.