Strategic technology trends have significant disruptive potential over the next five years. Gartner’s top trends for 2018 underpin the digital platform and set the stage for business innovation. Artificial intelligence, immersive experiences, digital twins, event-thinking and continuous adaptive security create a foundation for the next generation of digital business models and ecosystems.
Companies must examine their business impacts and adjust business models and operations appropriately or risk losing competitive advantage to those who do. These are trends that IT cannot afford to ignore.
Gartner calls the entwining of people, devices, content and services the intelligent digital mesh. It’ s enabled by digital models, business platforms and a rich, intelligent set of services to support digital business.
Intelligent: How AI is seeping into virtually every technology and with a defined, well-scoped focus can allow more dynamic, flexible and potentially autonomous systems.
Digital: Blending the virtual and real worlds to create an immersive digitally enhanced and connected environment.
Mesh: The connections between an expanding set of people, business, devices, content and services to deliver digital outcomes.
The top Strategic Technology Trends for 2018 are:
Trend No. 1: AI Foundation
Trend No. 2: Intelligent Apps and Analytics
Trend No. 3: Intelligent Things
Trend No. 4: Digital Twins
Trend No. 5: Cloud to the Edge
Trend No. 6: Conversational Platforms
Trend No. 7: Immersive Experience
Trend No. 8: Blockchain
Trend No. 9: Event-Driven
Trend No. 10: Continuous Adaptive Risk and Trust