The 2018 Conference discussed ten strategic technology trends that enterprises and organizations need to explore in 2019 (Gartner Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends 2019), among which automation technology ranks first.
At the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2018 conference, the analysts discussed the ten major strategic and technological trends (Gartner Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends 2019) that enterprises and organizations need to explore in 2019.
Gartner defines strategic technology trends as a strategic technology trend with enormous destructive potential, which has begun to evolve from emerging breakthroughs to applications with broader impact-or rapidly growing trends, with high volatility reaching a critical point in the next five years.
“The future will be characterized by smart devices, providing increasingly insightful digital services everywhere, which we call smart digital grid.” David Cearley, vice president and researcher of Gartner, said that smart digital grid has been one of the focuses in the past two years and has been the main driving force in 2019. Trends under these three themes are a key factor in driving the process of continuous innovation as part of the Continuous NEXT strategy.
-Intelligence: how AI can infiltrate almost all existing technologies and create new categories.
-Digital: integrating the digital world and the real physical world, creating an immersive world.
-Grid: the use of expanding connections among people, businesses, equipment, content and services.
“For example, AI in the form of automation and enhanced intelligence (AI) is used with the Internet of Things, edge computing and digital twins to provide highly integrated intelligence space. The combined effect of these trends will create new opportunities and promote new subversive waves, which are the symbols of Gartner's top ten strategic technological trends in 2019.”
Although science fiction may portray AI robots as bad guys, some technology giants are now using them for security management. Companies such as Microsoft and Advanced use Knightscope K5 robots to patrol parking lots and large outdoor areas to predict and prevent crime. Robots can read license plates, report suspicious activities and collect data to report to their owners.
These AI-driven robots are just one example of "automated things," one of Gartner's top 10 strategic technologies in 2019 that could bring major disruptions and opportunities over the next five years.
Gartner points out that technologies such as block chains, quantum computing, enhanced analysis and artificial intelligence will drive disruptive new business models.