07 Nov 2016
IDG Connect recently wrote an article on “What will be the next biggest technology to disrupt business”.
As you know, over the last few years digital disruption has been continuously transforming everything. This means that industries have been changing and evolving beyond recognition. New technology has been saturating the workplace, and businesses don’t know how to plan for future jobs anymore because they simply don’t know what those jobs will be.
The industry is constantly talking about disruption, but what technology will have the biggest impact next?
IDG Connect asked our founder to comment. Amongst the comments that Simon Reindl provided, he states that the next big technology will be a security based one that will open up any standard configuration on a device. People’s data is more valuable – Microsoft just bought LinkedIn – it is huge money. The Internet of Things will expose vulnerability as people will start using them without locking them down. Some clever person will find an exploit and harvest this data.
Relevant professional also contributed to the article. Here are some of our favourites:
Third generation mobile
We have feature phones, then smartphones where we are today and the next generation will be more AI powered operating systems – coupled with the next generation of artificial intelligence and prescriptive analytics.
It’s already happening — Apple even announced the next version of Siri at their World Wide Developer conference. The Amazon Echo natural language interface is starting to appear in more homes. It’s a shift change that’s coming.
Pete Trainor, Director of Human Centred Design at Nexus
Robotics and automation in manufacturing
Robotics and automation is a field with significant scope for further innovation over the next decade. Many manufacturers are turning to robots as labour shortages and falling birth rates and aging populations hit companies in the world’s leading economies, and the trend to reshoring continues in regions like Europe and North America.
Rob Clark, Managing Director UK and Ireland at Epson
Predictive automation through big data
Big data leading to machine intelligence and predictive machine automation is going to disrupt business due to its collective ability to initiate dramatic efficiencies through uncovering and leveraging previously unrecognised behavioural patterns.
This is already happening in many commercial environments such as manufacturing but is going to escalate dramatically over the coming three to five years.
Nav Dhunay, CEO at ambyint
Zero UI approach
Simplification of interaction will be the next big disruption. Within the next few years we will see full adoption of a “Zero UI” (user interface) approach; AI (Artificial Intelligence), bots and so on. Basically, all stuff that stands between human being and technology will disappear. Yes there will be no apps. Potentially, no phones.
We're already seeing the start of this process: Amazon Echo, Google’s forays into the same area, Apple’s recent announcement about Home (ex-HomeKit).
Dmitry Bagrov, Managing Director, DataArt UK
Storage for containers
Global businesses like Sainsbury’s, Financial Times and Netflix have already started using containers to quickly build and deploy internet-ready applications that run on multiple platforms or cloud providers’ environments. Now, and the timescale is literally now, the development of persistent, highly available storage for containers is set to change the landscape all over again. With persistent storage, containers can be used – not just for applications – but databases as well, and we’ll see even greater adoption of containers by enterprises of all sizes.
Chris Brandon, CEO of StorageOS
AI will change literally everything
The greatest impact we face as technology advances are developments in AI as it will mean changes to how we work, compute and interact both professionally and personally. The ramifications of this will be huge and it won’t be long before we really start to see the impact – think about how close self-driving cars are to being on the roads.
Sam Mager, Commercial Director, Krome Technologies
Virtual Reality will take hold in business
Virtual Reality provides a platform for businesses to advance their product offerings and significantly enhance the way in which they interact with both customers and staff. While we’re already seeing VR being used in a wide range of industries, from estate agents taking prospective buyers on a virtual walk-through of properties, to car dealers allowing prospective customers to specify and take a virtual walk round their vehicle and even emergency services showing drivers the impact of a car crash, its use cases and value will undoubtedly accelerate rapidly over the next few years.
Graham Long, Vice President UK & Ireland at Samsung
5G networks will end face to face meetings
It may not seem that sexy or revolutionary but 5G next generation mobile networks will have a tremendous impact on businesses. A proper 5G network can be seen as 50 times faster than current 4G networks and businesses will be able to make cost saving while also increasing connectedness with their employees who work remotely. Face to face meetings will become a thing of the past as mobile networks become suitable for high definition latency free conversations. This will happen within the next five years.
Dr. Kevin Curran, senior member of the IEEE and Reader in Computer Science at Ulster University
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