Top 7 IT trends for 2017


Information technologies and innovations are accelerating at an exponential rate, ushering in the industrial revolution 4.0. So what new innovations and trends can we expect for 2017?

Here are the top 7 IT trends of 2017:


  1. AI and Advanced Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced machine learning (ML) are composed of many technologies and techniques (e.g., deep learning, neural networks, natural-language processing [NLP]). With parallel processing, big data, cloud technology, and advanced algorithms, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning are becoming more powerful. As tech giants like Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Apple invest in AI, it is becoming more mainstream. Forrester predicted that investments in AI will grow 300% in 2017 and Gartner forecasted that 50% of all analytical interactions will be delivered via AI in the next three to five years.

  1. Intelligent Things

This year will be of Intelligent Things. We will witness more of AI and machine learning being embedded into everyday things like appliances, cars, sensors and drones. Gartner anticipates a shift from stand-alone intelligent things to a collaborative intelligent things model. Apps that code this intelligence, will be driven by data and context that will synthesize vast amounts of information, learn our behaviors, and react and adapt in real time to deliver relevant and personalized outcomes.

  1. Virtual Reality

Immersive technologies, such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), transform the way individuals interact with one another and with software systems. “The landscape of immersive consumer and business content and applications will evolve dramatically through 2021,” said Mr. Cearley of Gartner. With forecasts predicting its growth into a $30 billion market as early as 2020, the bright future of virtual reality has been a much talked about topic.

Early starters like Google Cardboard in 2014 paved way of bringing VR to mainstream use – both in terms of performance and availability. Ever since, we could see large adoption of VR for mainstream use – such as Facebook-owned Oculus’s Oculus Rift,  HTC Vive headset, Samsung Gear VR headset, Sony PlayStation VR and Google Cardboard successor Daydream View.

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  1. Augmented Reality

Augmented reality is also making progress; with the staggering success of Pokémon Go the technology proves its immense potential to influence consumers in engaging and meaningful ways. As predicted by analysts, Apple CEO Tim Cook has consistently voiced out his belief AR has the potential to be bigger than VR. With more and more players are coming out with their hyped innovations to the market, one thing is for sure – you can expect to see a whole lot more AR in 2017.

  1. Bimodal IT gains more traction

Bimodal IT means maintaining traditional IT practices while simultaneously introducing innovative new processes.Bimodal IT remarks how IT organizations have a need for both agile delivery of technology services and traditional delivery modes. According to Gartner, nearly 40 percent of CIOs are currently practising bimodal, with the majority of CIOs saying they will embrace bimodal sometime in the next three years.

  1. Cloud computing shifts to fog computing

2017 will see the emergence of an advanced form of cloud computing called “fog computing” or edge computing. Smart, web-enabled devices will now make data interactions between man and machine closer and seamless, which will set to change smart communication protocols and blurring boundaries between man and his device. We will see more of self-driving cars, nest-controlled smart homes and robot-based manufacturing. While companies still figure out a way to migrate to core cloud, the concept of the “edge cloud” will gain popularity in the years to come, starting this year.

  1. Digital Technology Platforms

Gartner has identified the five major focal points to enable the new capabilities and business models of digital business — information systems, customer experience, analytics and intelligence, the IoT, and business ecosystems. We will see more combinations of these five digital technology platforms in organizations. These platforms provide the basic building blocks for a digital business and are a critical enabler to becoming a digital business.


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