The Gartner report on Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2020 is here! Hyperautomation, blockchain, AI, distributed cloud and autonomous things seem to be the main factors that will drive disruption and create opportunities in 2020.
Hyperautomation combines various technologies such as Robotic Process Automation (RPA), AI, machine learning and more to further automate and streamline processes. The goal is to reduce human involvement in decision-making and, in time, to replace humans completely. Since AI-driven decisions can take far more factors into account than any human can, hyperautomation opens up a whole new world of smart opportunities and cost reductions.
Blockchain technology is nothing new. So why is it included in 2020’s top technology trends? Blockchains are finally moving out of the proof-of-concept stage, but are still largely not implemented in enterprise solutions. In the coming years, IoT and AI will integrate with blockchain technology, allowing machines to participate. Expect to see larger-scale blockchain projects starting from 2020. Not sure if the technology is something you’d benefit from? We offer various workshops to help you understand blockchains and their potential for your business here.
Cloud computing, too, is nothing new. For 2020, we’ll move from local private and centralized public cloud to distributed cloud. That means a transition from the distribution of public cloud services to locations outside the cloud provider’s physical data centers. Distributed cloud has a few advantages, such as low latency as well as a solution regarding data sovereignty.
Autonomous things (vehicles, robots, …) will harness the power of AI and start to move out of controlled environments and into open and public spaces. However, as AI cannot yet replace the human brain, autonomous things will still operate most effectively within a narrowly defined, well-scoped purpose.
It comes as no surprise that AI is a trend for 2020. A lot of other trends described above make heavy use of the power of AI. This shows that AI by itself is not just one technology, but rather a stack of building blocks that can be arranged to power innovation in other fields and technologies. Not convinced of the power of our robot overlords yet? Read how we reduced the inventory carrying cost of one of our customers by almost 75% here.
What do you think about the upcoming trends in technology? Where do you see opportunities and threats?