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Technology Trends for 2017

Gartner recently released their Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2017 report outlining the key topics expected to shape the IT landscape into the year 2020. Here are some of the trends we thought were most interesting:

Virtual & Augmented Reality: Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) transform the way individuals can interact with their environment and systems. While VR offers an immersive experience, AR enables the blending of the real and virtual worlds, meaning graphics can be overlaid onto real-world objects. How will this impact businesses? Gartner explains, “VR can be used for training scenarios and remote experiences. AR…means businesses can overlay graphics onto real-world objects, such as hidden wires on the image of a wall. Immersive experiences with AR and VR are reaching tipping points in terms of price and capability but will not replace other interface models. Over time AR and VR expand beyond visual immersion to include all human senses.” Both applications rely on a strong infrastructure that is always on, keeping the experiences and information available for use.

Digital Technology Platforms: Digital platform is the prerequisite for organizations to operate in any digital capacity. However, like so much of technology, the building blocks and requirements for a strong digital platform have shifted. Gartner now predicts that every organization will have some mix of five types of digital platforms: information systems, customer experience, analytics and intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) and business ecosystems. As businesses become more reliant on these systems, it becomes increasingly important for them to work together to ensure they add value to the business.

Mesh App and Service Architecture: With the increase in number of devices and constant connectivity, the Internet of Things (IoT) will require a more integrative approach to technical architecture. According to the report, “The intelligent digital mesh will require changes to the architecture, technology and tools used to develop solutions. The mesh app and service architecture (MASA) is a multichannel solution architecture that leverages cloud and serverless computing, containers and microservices as well as APIs and events to deliver modular, flexible and dynamic solutions. Solutions ultimately support multiple users in multiple roles using multiple devices and communicating over multiple networks.” Gartner predicts that this will be a long-term shift.

Adaptive Security Architecture: With the changes in architecture and platform, IT professionals will need to implement security that is more fluid and adaptive. Multilayered security and behavior analytics will become a requirement to fully safeguard your business in an increasingly challenging technical landscape. Working with an expert to implement a flexible and adaptive security strategy may be the best way to confront these new challenges.

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