For nearly 10 years I have been sharing my technology & Innovation observations through my blog. To offer a retrospective over this period is not only interesting but can shape where the industry will go in the future and to support this I have compiled a list of the annual 10 technology trends produced by Gartner over this timeline. It is good to keep in your mind that the observations and trends are cutting edge rather than adoptive and most companies will lag a few cycles behind so the immediate future can be gleaned from the last few years and the most up to date trends will not reach consideration for a few years to come.
At the beginning “back in 2007” it was evident that the trend was Infrastructural and encouraged the move from traditional Data Centre hosting models to ones which involved Cloud computing, automation and design that was web enabled with collaboration and mobile in mind. We then entered a period which was more transactional (which is where most companies will be now) which exploited the previous advances in technology and saw the evolution of Business Intelligence to Advanced Analytics and visualisation, the use of Big Data and where all development was device agnostic and ready for the web.
Even though Technology is moving at a tremendous pace I think the next 2 cycles will be extremely exciting. I think initially we will have another infrastructural period where Cloud Technologies evolve into a hybrid state; we will understand more about how to exploit the data from connected devices and the internet of things including how to store it. We will see advances in Artificial Intelligence and will start to hear about the first real time distributed ledger platforms being used. Then comes the interesting stuff; the next period will show that we finally have the right technology in place to start exploiting all these new advances so Distributed Ledger applications will be common place, Augmented and Virtual Reality will come of age and start to become communication channels in their own right. Machine Learning will also start to become intertwined in everything we do and appear everywhere from your home to your Car and even the workplace.
This last set of observations may seem a long way away however just look how far we have come in the last 10 years and remember Broadband is only just over 15 years old so in ten years anything could be possible. We all just need to embrace the change and enjoy the ride.