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Top 10 Strategic Tech Trends for 2018 (via gartner)

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Source: www.gartner.com

Introduction  

With all the trends coming out for this year alone, I decided to look at strategic information systems planning (SISP) trends for a change.  It’s very interesting to see how they actually plan on possibly implementing these new trends that are coming out all the time.  Here’s the list… 

 10 Trends for Strategic IS Planning

AI and Machine Learning Immersion

  1. AI Foundations – This is considered to be the next big battlefield between vendors who build these systems until at least 2020.  AI is so popular and in demand that it can be no other way.  Now how to use AI is the next big question that needs answering by the vendors and the customers who buy it.  Artificial intelligence needs to be able to help make strategic decisions, enhance the business model and ecosystem, and drive user/customer experiences through to 2025.   Strategic planning in this aspect involves data preparation, integrations, creating new algorithms to run AI, new ways to train personnel how to use AI, and creating new data models.  Personnel involved here are data scientists, developers and business process owners who will have to work together closely. 
  2. Intelligent Apps and Analytics – Apps are beginning to implement AI in how they work.  They cannot exist without AI and machine learning capabilities.  Because of this, it is, in turn, changing how people and systems work together at the workplace.  It doesn’t replace people. It’s a strategic area where analytics uses machine learning to better automate data prep and finding and sharing insights.  People in the company using this are business users, operational workers, and citizen data scientists.   
  3. Intelligent Objects – These are physical things that use AI to operate.  Included here are self-driving cars, robots, and the Internet of Things.  Self-driving vehicles are already in use in agriculture and mining but will take more time spreading to other vehicles, like cars.  By 2022 more streets will become more user-friendly towards them, but more studies need completing. 

Blending of the Digital and Physical Worlds

  1. Digitial Twins –  It defines a representation of real-world entities and/or systems.  This deals with IoT for the most part.  If the twin is built correctly then it can really support improving business decision making processes.  The twin is linked to their counterpart in being able to better understand the state of the system, better responding to changes, improve operations and add more value to the company as a whole.  In the future, they will fuse together with their counterparts and AI type capabilities.  Consequently, people in the company who will use this are city planners, digital marketers, healthcare professionals, and industrial planners. 
  2. Edge Computing – This is where information processing, gathering and delivering content is put closer to the sources of information.  Companies need to begin using edge computing as it supports IoT, creating better connectivity, bandwidth, and functionality.  Cloud helps support this as it doesn’t need a central location.   
  3. Conversation Platforms – This is going to be the one that drives the next change with how people perform and interact with the digital world.  People can talk to computers and the system will be able to act on it.   If the person using the computer is confusing it, it can ask for clarification.  It’s becoming a primary design goal using with hardware, core OS features, platforms, and apps.  Developers need to work on the communication aspect of the platforms, as it’s still very difficult to make them work.  People need to speak very clearly about what they want, and it causes more frustration than anything else right now.   
  4. The Immersive Experience – Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality are all here.  For any benefits for business, they need to look at how it can help employees work better.  The design, training and visualization process is key to making this work.  When dealing with Mixed Reality, it’s creating some great technology that might actually be good for the work environment.  Tools already developed and in use includes Head Mounted Displays (HMD) for VR and AR, smartphones and tablet-based AR and environmental sensors. 

Exploiting Connections

  1. Blockchain – This technology is rapidly spreading everywhere, not just for the cryptocurrency.  The blockchain is a disruptive technology as it changes how business is ran, for both startups and enterprises.  The only problem here is that blockchain technology is more promise right now as it’s immature for the next two or three years. 
  2. Event Driven – This includes anything from recording an electronic purchase at your website, to a recording when a plane lands.  Anything action completing dealing with the company is an event.  Because of this IoT, cloud computing, the blockchain, memory data management, and AI are included here.  With these platforms, its ability to find and analyze events more thoroughly grows.  As a result, people involved here include IT leaders, planners, and architects. 
  3. Continuous Adaptive Risk and Trust –  This deals, for the most part, cybersecurity.  There have to be real-time, risk and trust-based decisions and adaptive responses.  Basically, the company needs to embrace opportunities and manage the risk involved with having digital business actions completed.   

Summary 

Strategic information systems planning is very complex.  There are so many different areas needing planning in the next five years in order to keep up with all the new technology.  Most are in its infancy, but it’s growing fast.  Better start planning now! 

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