Gartner's Strategic Predictions for 2018 & Beyond

 
 
By Samuel Greengard  |  Posted 10-20-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Gartner's Strategic Predictions for 2018 and Beyond

    A Gartner report provides predictions, research findings and recommendations for what to focus on and how to navigate the accelerating rate of digital change.
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    Disruptors Disrupt
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    Disruptors Disrupt

    By 2020, 5 out of 7 digital giants will willfully "self-disrupt" to create their next opportunity. They are being proactive by deciding to embrace disruption even if it cannibalizes some existing advantage.
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    Digital Disruption Is Real
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    Digital Disruption Is Real

    By 2020, 95% of new electronic products will have IoT capabilities, and by 2021, 30% of commerce searches will take place with visual or voice search.
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    A Voice of Reason
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    A Voice of Reason

    By 2019, half of major commerce companies and retailers with online stores will have redesigned their e-commerce sites to accommodate voice searches and voice navigation.
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    Blockchain Is Coming
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    Blockchain Is Coming

    By the end of 2018, formal investment frameworks will be available for trading in cryptocurrencies. In addition, Gartner predicts that at least one Tier 1 bank will offer cryptocurrency services.
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    The IoT Offers ROI
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    The IoT Offers ROI

    Connected devices can deliver a return on investment in as little as four months, mostly from managing maintenance costs, which can indicate when devices need service and even adjust their load to extend their useful life.
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    Deep Insecurities
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    Deep Insecurities

    Through 2022, half of all security budgets for IoT will go to fault remediation, recalls and safety failures rather than protection.
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    The Bots Are Coming!
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    The Bots Are Coming!

    In 2020, more bots and chatbots will be built and deployed across the globe than new mobile apps. 55% of all large enterprises will have deployed at least one production bot or chatbot.
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    AI Alters the Workforce
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    AI Alters the Workforce

    AI will eliminate more jobs than it creates through 2019 (mostly in manufacturing). Beginning in 2020, AI-related job creation will cross into positive territory, reaching 2 million net-new jobs in 2025.
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    Eye on Digital Trust
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    Eye on Digital Trust

    By 2018, there will be a tenfold increase in commercial projects designed to detect fake news. By 2020, Gartner predicts that a major country will pass regulations or laws seeking to curb the spread of false information.
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    Recommendations

    Create new value scenarios by focusing on people-centric technology options that introduce new ways to engage customers, employees and business partners.
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    Recommendations

    Formulate data verification initiatives to combat the spread of "counterfeit reality" and fake content.
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    Focus on people-centric and business-centric skills within IT staffs.
 

The rapid rate of technology change has created steep challenges for organizations of all shapes and sizes. It's no secret that innovation now arrives faster than most CIOs and IT departments can cope with. All too often, before an enterprise completes one project, two more initiatives appear on the horizon. A new research report from Gartner, "Top Strategic Predictions for 2018 and Beyond: Pace Yourself, for Sanity's Sake," assembles some key predictions, research findings and recommendations for what to focus on and how to navigate today's accelerating rate of digital change. Gartner reports that meeting goals for revenue generation and value creation will increasingly rely on engaging and reengaging people and businesses on ways to adopt and use technology for maximum gain. Gartner also examines how specific technologies—ranging from artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT) to blockchain and bots—are altering the business and IT landscape, along with the key areas that business and IT leaders are focusing on. Here are some of the key findings and recommendations.

 
 
 
 
 
Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).

 
 
 
 
 
 

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