Top Trends in IT for 2017

It’s not always easy staying on top of new developments in the IT sector. As the pace of technological advancement continues to rapidly move forward, you may find yourself hearing about increasingly new and complex ideas. Gartner recently released their top IT trends for 2017, and while not all of them are readily applicable to the average business’s current IT picture, it would be wise to know what’s coming. We’ve picked out a few that we think will have the most impact, or that may actually be on your IT roadmap.

Intelligent Apps

Artificial intelligence will continue on its upward trend, and we’ll begin seeing it in a growing number of places, including apps. You may know these now as the personal assistant-type apps that help organise your workspace and life, and help you with everyday activities. However, you’ll see intelligent apps doing much more than just acting as personal assistants. AI will be in all kinds of existing software, from marketing to ERP.

Intelligent Things

It’s not just apps that will increase their AI capabilities. Artificial intelligence will also come to the “things” that you use every day. We’re already seeing this with self-driving cars, robots, and drones, and intelligent things will soon begin transitioning to a more collaborative model, rather than standalone objects. The hitch in this transition will mostly come from data privacy and liability regulations.

Digital Twins

We’ll also see plenty of digital twins being created in the coming year. Digital twins are digital representations of a physical item or system. The digital twin will be able to help analyse and simulate real world conditions to improve operations. Digital twins will do everything from proactively repairing equipment to increasing operating efficiency, and even running factories.

Mesh App and Service Architecture

The term “digital mesh” refers to the connection that is being established between people, processes, things, and services that all come together in a digital ecosystem. This mesh is going to require significant changes to the architecture, tools, and technology that we currently use for solutions. While it’s still part of the overall group of IT trends for 2017, we’ll see it happening as a long-term architectural shift.

Adaptive Security Architecture

The evolution of this digital mesh and the rest of these trends certainly mean that security must become more adaptive. There will be challenges involved in providing security throughout the mesh, and we’re already seeing that the IoT environment provides its own challenges. Making the long-term shifts predicted for the coming years will create an even more complex security picture.

Like we said before, just because these are trends, that doesn’t mean you’ll be implementing them anytime soon. If you’d like to learn more about the trends for the coming year, you can see the entire list here. And if that feels like a lot for your organisation to cover, then contact 64TEQ today. We can provide all your IT needs, as well as audit your current IT systems and provide consultation about where to go next.