With the end of year, the time comes for summaries, new year’s resolutions and forecasts for the future. So what’s going to happen in the IT world? Gartner, a global leader in providing IT-related insight, released its “Top Ten Strategic Technology Trends for 2016.” Having a quick look at it, it becomes clear that 2016 will be all about generating, collecting, and analyzing data from many various sources. Here is a snapshot of what will be trending in 2016:
1. The Device Mesh
It’s no longer just mobile devices – electronics, automotive, and environmental technologies that we use personally and professionally are all collecting information about our daily patterns. Gartner predicts that they will start working together rather than in isolation, to provide even greater insights about our habits.
2. Ambient User Experience
Now companies are leveraging on designing simple, and user-friendly applications. But what will give them the leading edge is a seamless user experience, synchronized across different devices in the device mesh
3. 3D Printing Materials
3D printing is now in its heyday. According to Gartner, this technology will be extensively developed in various industries, such as biotechnology or mechanics.
4. Information of Everything
The digital mesh produces a plethora of information that goes beyond textual, audio and video data. The focus should shift towards developing solutions that will be able to derive value from it.
5. Advanced machine learning
Technologies are getting smarter – not only they are able to collect and analyze information, but also learn from it. With the surplus of information being produced every second, manual analysis is simply inefficient. As Gartner predicts, it will go “[..] beyond classic computing and information management to create systems that can autonomously learn to perceive the world, on their own.”
6. Autonomous Agents and Things
Gartner takes machine learning even further and anticipates advancement of smart machines, such as robots, autonomous vehicles or virtual personal assistants and smart advisors. As an example, Gartner uses technologies such as Google Now, Microsoft’s Cortana and Apple’s Siri – the forerunners of the future autonomous agents.
7. Adaptive Security Architecture
With the exponential growth of data stored in the cloud, Gartner identifies the need for additional protective measures. IT industry must focus on detecting and responding to threats, with the use of both traditional means and advanced application of user behavior analytics.
8. Advanced System Architecture
Digital mesh and smart machines will call for a cutting-edge computing architecture. According to Gartner, systems will resemble human brains with their capabilities for deep learning and identifying patterns.
9. Mesh App and Service Architecture
Agile approach impacts application design – monolithic, linear apps will give way to more flexible and easily integrated software. Gartner predicts that microservice architecture will be the leverage for businesses set for agile development.
10. Internet of Things Platforms
Gartner indicates that to efficiently manage security and integration of mesh app and service architecture, businesses will have to develop IoT platforms, being an integral part of the digital mesh and ambient user experience.
Source: Gartner newsroom