Each moment, new trends are emerging in the world of information technology, a booming industry. Each year, Gartner, an information technology research company, predicts the technologies that will create a buzz.
François Banville, Executive Partner at Gartner, presented this ranking at a conference organized by SociéTIC. His main message: companies shouldn’t be afraid of being at the forefront of technology! “You must dare to step outside of your comfort zone and into the unknown. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a wider market with less competition!” Which goes to show that innovation may help companies in very competitive domains to set themselves apart.
10 trends to keep an eye on in 2016
- The Internet of things
We’ll have to contend with an ever-increasing number of Internet-connected devices. For greater efficiency, these devices will be increasingly interconnected.
- The all-encompassing user experience
Software designers will have to create several versions of the same application; the features unique to each device will be used to create an optimal experience for the user.
- 3-D printing
New materials will be used more and more for 3-D printing. A few examples include graphene, fibreglass, Kevlar, and concrete. Moreover, the printers will make it possible to print with several materials at once.
- Indexed information
Each moment, huge quantities of digital data are created. Organizations have jumped at the opportunity and created programs, such as Palantir and DBPedia, that are able to use this data to create a real information architecture. Others are preparing to enter this market.
- Artificial intelligence
The game Go has so many possibilities that experts never thought it would be possible to create a computer program capable of beating players at this game. They were mistaken: AlphaGo has beaten one of the best professional Go players in the world, a remarkable achievement. This demonstrates that the performance of artificial intelligence is always improving.
- Autonomous agents and things
Autonomous vehicles already exist in some environments. Soon, we’ll see self-driving cars on the road. Drones and robots will also play an ever-increasing role in our lives. In Japan, they have even replaced receptionists and some staff at a hotel.
- The digital brain
Companies have developed chips that imitate the way that a brain functions; this is called neuromorphic architecture. These artificial neurons are able to detect images or capture the sound of a voice in their surroundings. These chips could potentially be integrated into digital devices.
- Adaptive security
This type of security architecture continuously analyzes the behaviour of users to detect any unusual use of computer systems. Rather than being in place at all times, defenses are only activated in the event of abnormal usage.
- Connected applications and services architecture
Applications are created in small units that communicate with each other. Thus, these applications are easier for software designers to modify or replace. This is called microservices architecture.
- The standardization of the Internet of things
Several companies seek to provide the operating system that will become the norm for the Internet of things. They will face a tough fight in the coming months!
It’s clear that this year will bring a wealth of new technologies! For more information from Gartner on the trends, visit their website.