Gartner: Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2016
David Cearley, Vice President and Gartner Fellow, released the company’s “Top Ten Strategic Technology Trends for 2016.” They emphasize the Internet of Things, and smart devices talking to each other, getting smarter and more useful as they do. Through it all, the evolution of digital business is clearly at the heart of what is covered. Here is a summary of the trends.
1. The Device Mesh
A variety of other trends have led to an increased number of sensors embedded in many technologies and devices that we use personally and professionally. They become smarter as they gather more data on our daily patterns. Gartner predicts that these sensors, which tend to work in silos today will increasingly work in concert, leading to even greater insights about our daily patterns.
2. Ambient User Experience
Gartner refers to these devices and sensors’ ability to gather more contextual data as described above as AMbient UX. The challenge will be with application design, anticipating this level of device synchronicity and collaboration, for lack of better framing. Gartner posits that the devices and sensors will become so smart that they will be able to organize our lives without our even noticing that they are doing so.
3. 3D-printing Materials
Though not a new trend, 3D-printing has caught its stride now that companies like Tesla are using it to build engine parts, and SpaceX is using it to create rocket parts. Better applications of the technology to biological material and food will follow, according to Gartner
4. Information of Everything
According to Gartner, by 2020, 25 billion devices will be generating data about almost every topic imaginable. This is equal parts opportunity and challenge. There will be a plethora of data, but making sense of it will be the trick. Those companies that harness the power of this tidal wave of information will leapfrog competitors in the process.
5. Advanced Machine Learning
To an increasing extent, technologies will be able to not only collect information, but learn based upon it. In the process, much of the initial analysis that has typically required a human can be done by machines, elevating the analysis in the process. People will need to engage at a higher level as a result.
6. Autonomous Agents and Things
The potential for robots to continue to master and surpass humans in their ability to undertake human tasks will increase rapidly. Perhaps the most prominent example is the autonomous driving car, which leverage learnings from autonomous vehicles that have been used within controlled environments for years. Masdar City in the United Arab Emirates is one such prominent controlled environments. Moving beyond controlled environments into non-controlled environments, including the airspace that drones occupy will require further advances – advances that Gartner foresees coming soon.
7. Adaptive Security Architecture
A majority of CIOs list security as their top priority, especially with an increased number of companies that have experienced breaches. Historical norms have been to play defense, but Gartner predicts that more tools will be available to go on the offensive, leveraging predictive modeling, for example, allowing apps to protect themselves. Gartner emphasizes that companies must build security into all business processes, end-to-end. Having it as an afterthought is tantamount to inviting issues.
8. Advanced Customer Architecture
Gartner notes that companies are pushing the envelope on making technology mimic human brains. Prominent examples of this in action include Facebook FB +0.00%’s Deepface facial recognition technology.
9. Mesh App and Service Architecture
More apps are being built to be plugged together, and the value of the combination is much greater than the sum of the parts. As Lyft has integrated with comparable offerings in other countries, its ability to expand its offering for traditional customers traveling abroad and the reverse has meant faster growth with minimal cost implications.
10. Internet of Things Architecture and Platforms
Gartner indicates that the providers of Internet of Things platforms are fragmented today, and would benefit greatly from cobbling together a better ecosystem where data is shared more broadly. This issue will persist through 2018, and IT departments will likely procure more one-off solutions as opposed to integrated webs of solutions that would serve them better. As IT leaders clamor for a better way, the change will come, says Gartner.
Smartphone Trends To Expect In 2016
Based on Horace Dediu’s analysis, smartphone adoption will reach 90% in the American market by the end of 2016. Similarly, it is expected to grow in other parts of the world, especially in top mobile markets like the United Kingdom, China, and India. Demands for smarter handsets will rise concurrently as various new high-tech innovations and technologies are expected to appear in the next wave of smartphones next year. Let us impart some of the top smartphone trends you should expect to see in 2016 for your perusal.
Retina Scanning Security
Most of today’s premium smartphones come with a passcode or fingerprint scanners to secure the handset. Apart from unlocking the device, it also secures mobile payments done via the handset by only allowing the registered owner to make transactions. However, we should expect this trend to be replaced by the rumored retina scanning sensors. Fujitsu introduced us to the first eye scanning smartphone this year, but sales weren’t particularly high. LG was rumored to be working with their next flagship LG G5 that comes with the same scanning technology, which is expected to come out by next year.
However, experts say that this may still have some disadvantages for users that have eye-related disorders. Although the retina is a part of the body that generally doesn’t change, some eye disorders can affect the retina. In addition, the red beaming infrared light may make it invasive and annoying when performed regularly.
After we witnessed Samsung’s foldable smartphone prototype at last year’s tech convention, many have been wondering about when the tech company will finally release a foldable device. Despite all the curved mobile devices that have come out this year (like the Galaxy S6 Edge), we still have not truly seen a fully flexible or bendable smartphone. But, Business Korea’s report hints that should expect to finally see one hitting the market as early as next year from Samsung.
However, the one previously presented by Samsung (a smartphone you can fold and tuck in your pocket) is still highly futuristic and unrealistic for now. Although the screen can be bendable and foldable without breaking, its components are not quite as flexible yet.
In November 2014, Apple was reportedly awarded with the patent to produce augmented reality devices with transparent displays. According to a report by Apple Insider, the patent entitled, “Transparent Electronic Device,” will allow Apple to create a device with one or more screens that can augment images on an opaque display. It also describes a device with a “black mask” that will hide electric components behind the display.
Rumors have it that Apple will release their next handset with said see-through display, but the iPhone 6s came with the same Retina display as its processor, as presented by O2, but with more innovative features such as the 4K Video and 3D force technologies. But, who knows – Apple might finally make it happen on the iPhone 7.
With only a matter of months left until the end of the year, many are preparing for next year’s launches. This is especially true for many companies who have already invested most of their budgets on digital marketing. Make sure to only trust the experts when building your brand online and stay tuned to this page for updates and tips about digital entertainment for businesses.