Technology Trends Shaping the Digital World of 2018
As we get ready to welcome 2018, we get ready to take a giant step towards the future by welcoming technology trends 2018. In 2017 we were able to witness the innovation that we have been reading about for a while and those technology trends became tangible. Though predicting the future, specifically the future of technology trends, is not something we can really do, we can make some guesses. Firms such as Gartner, Forbes, cms wire, and others… have released some forecasts that help us define the upcoming data and technology trends for the year 2018.
As I went through all the points mentioned I decided to give my observation on the suggested forecasts.
The technological revolution advances at a speedy pace. What is new today can be old tomorrow and if you fail to integrate these technological advances at your workplace, you will fall back immediately. Below are 7 most relevant data and technological trends gathered from forecasts of large firms followed by my thoughts and comments in my current position at Intalio, one of the major players in the field of Enterprise Content Management or what’s called Content Services nowadays
Technology Trends 2018
- Artificial Intelligence
As we mentioned in our recent blog about AI making headlines in 2017, we can confidently say that it will continue to make headlines in 2018. Robots and computers will grasp additional data in the coming years. This additional data makes the system learn quicker while increasing its accuracy. As scary as it might sound, this leap in AI means computers can now do more humanly tasks as they will be able to recognize facial expressions, read social media messages, listen, and speak. Do brace yourselves for exaggerated claims about robots wanting to take over our jobs and maybe even destroy us!
- Internet of Things: Smarter Daily Devices
Anything can be made into a smart device these days. As technology develops in 2018 we will witness artificial intelligence embedded in almost everything. Whether it’s the car you’re driving or the yoga mat you owe. The devices that are designed to facilitate your life are responsible for generating a substantial amount of data as they are constantly gathering data, connecting to other smart devices for collaborative intelligence. Consequently, a significant number of firms will deploy automated business processes connected to the smart devices where they will take advantage of data analytics, cloud security, scalability, and management.
- Growth in Computing Power
Rumor has it that quantum computers will take over “ordinary” machines in 2018 and I believe this rumor to be true! Once they outdo classical computers, they will advance at an even faster pace. Quantum machines are able to perform many tasks that ordinary machines fail to perform at a high-speed. Google is said to unveil a device that is capable of performing calculations that no other regular computer can tackle. Other leaders in technology are in a competitive race to see who will be launching the first feasible, commercial quantum computer which is capable to the extent that it can solve problems we haven’t thought of yet.
- The Famous Blockchain
In 2017, blockchain has proved to cut costs, ensure cyber-security, empower users, reduce the clutter of multiple ledgers, and most importantly prevent transaction tampering. All this is just the beginning of such innovation. Though many of blockchain technologies are still immature and unproven, it can be very successful if your team is well briefed and familiar with cryptographic skills to clearly understand what are the capabilities and the limitations of blockchain before embarking on any project. Blockchain will be embedded in many sectors like government, healthcare, content distributions, and more.
- New Tools for Analytics
Yes! Everyone appreciates embedded analytics tools in systems for automated analytics. We all want to understand our competitors & consumers, what our numbers mean, or even identify the murder of some crime! New tools and techniques are emerging with artificial intelligence technology and natural language processing. A new technology for facilitated search and additional recommendations to assist decision-makers mostly in making a decision. Whether you are a marketer, an operations manager, or even a crime scene investigator, the new upcoming big data analytics tools in 2018 are quite impressive!
- Cloud Storage, Secure Storage
Employees will rely more on data stored in the cloud. To enhance operations and work efficiency throughout organizations, it has been proven that if employees have to wait for an authorized person to pull out a specific document, they will procrastinate and eventually drop the task. Therefore, it is a necessity to allow access to everyone at a business organization to real-time data. Cloud app providers will embed more tools for logging and audit features to assist security professionals in monitoring and controlling the activity on the cloud. Workflows will be facilitated as the app will be designed in a user-friendly manner allowing employees to work from anywhere at any time.
- Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
Emerging significantly in 2017 as a very vital technology RPA will continue to do so in 2018. It will commonly be used throughout various organizations focusing on customer-oriented processes. RPA will be combined with other types of technologies such as data capture, RPA becomes even more powerful and vital in business process automation. In 2018 we will witness the integration of RPA with various work executed by human employees as a management tool. This will generate a professional efficient workforce. RPA just might be the new buzzword in 2018! Stay tuned.