Artificial intelligence, digital platforms, and transparently immersive experiences are the three emerging megatrends that will shape businesses in the next five to ten years.

That’s according to Gartner’s 2017 Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle, exploring which advancements will create business impact over the next 10 years.

There are some interesting insights for those of us in the world of Hybrid IT. The three megatrends identified all touch Hybrid in some way or another, giving a steer on the direction of travel for organisations and how they will be impacted.  It is also worth stating that even those that may not easily correlate to Hybrid IT from a technological sense will still require the right organisational delivery style and a mastery or managing multiple speed of delivery to exploit and maximise their potential, not least to say industrialise within an organisation.

Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies 2017

Source: Gartner 2017

Let me explain how I see each of these megatrends influencing the Hybrid IT world…

1) “Artificial intelligence everywhere”

Artificial intelligence (AI) is THE hot tech trend for 2017, and there’s no sign of that letting up.

Combine ever-increasing compute power with an exponential growth in data volumes, and it means AI applications such as automation and machine learning are coming to the fore.

Previously unsolvable problems are now solvable. Businesses can analyse and act upon huge datasets, stored in both legacy systems and the cloud.

With the proliferation of the internet of things, data at the very edge of these systems will become even more important.

AI can simultaneously crunch all this information in real time. This extracts new value, creates new business models, and helps an organisation respond to market demands immediately.

For enterprises, Hybrid IT provides the integration bridge between legacy system data and these emerging technologies enabling organisations to extract value in ways it previously couldn’t.

2) Digital platforms

This is a topic we’ve covered extensively here at Hybrid Hive: the platform business is the business of the future, and it’s all enabled by a Hybrid IT infrastructure.  The emergence of new infrastructure such as quantum computing and how the edge forms part of an enterprise’s real time strategy will further enable new digital business platforms for new growth and opportunity.

Gartner says :“The shift from compartmentalized technical infrastructure to ecosystem-enabling platforms is laying the foundations for entirely new business models that are forming the bridge between humans and technology.”

If you want to transform your strategy towards being a platform business, look no further than my lengthy two-part read on the topic, both in this tri-modal IT explainer, and 11-steps for you to consider.

3) Transparently immersive experiences

While it sounds like a mouthful of buzzwords, Gartner defines this as the lines between technology and humans becoming increasingly blurred to the point where they are indistinguishable.

This human-centric innovation is something at the heart of Fujitsu’s philosophy, and it also strikes to the core of Hybrid IT.

It’s all about putting the human at the centre of technology, be that an end-user or customer.

With advancements such as augmented reality slowly starting to bear fruit, and even things such as human augmentation on the horizon, these experiences will only get more immersive.

Check out our predictions on the Hybrid IT trends shaping today.

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Brad Mallard

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An innovative and influential leader with over 20 years in a wide variety of technology roles working with and for some of the largest organisations in the UK, Brad is currently CTO End User Services, Digital Workplace, Cloud & Hybrid IT, Fujitsu EMEIA.


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