IoT, AR Cited as Top Strategic Technology Trends for 2017

November 3, 2016

If you’ve been paying attention this year, you already know that 2016 is the Year of the IoT. Smart, connected devices and IoT platforms have dominated the news as more and more companies are bringing their IoT strategies online.

A new report from Gartner Research cites the Internet of Things (IoT) and augmented reality (AR) as two important strategic technology trends for 2017, alongside other disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. The impacts of these disruptive technologies are long-term; predicted to stretch into the year 2025.

The strategic technology trends outlined by Gartner will test the current architecture and mindset of companies who wish to keep an edge on the competition. The ten strategic technology trends identified in the report outline the means to inject intelligence into the digital mesh, which utilizes technology like AR, virtual reality (VR), digital twins, and application and platform security in a seamless experience. As noted in the report, “Technology will be embedded in everything in the digital business of the future. Rich digital services will be delivered to everything, and intelligence will be embedded in everything behind the scenes. We call this mesh 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. As an enterprise architecture or technology innovation leader seeking to exploit the intelligent digital mesh, you must respond to the disruptive technology trends enabling this future.”

Gartner Research intelligent digital mesh

Enterprise and technology leaders need to understand these trends, plan for them, and be ready to explore the new opportunities that arise from harnessing the intelligence of the digital mesh. The companies who will win the digital race are those who have partnered with the right technology vendors to connect, analyze, create, and experience this oncoming wave.