Promising enterprise technologies that should not be ignored

In 2016, the selection of promising enterprise technologies is more crowded than ever. On the one hand, this is due to the fact that more new technologies have simply appeared this year, and on the other hand, because the consumer-facing technology industry is developing at a revolutionary pace, and enterprises simply have to react faster to remain competitive.

This year, the list has been replenished with several new technologies that claim to make a real revolution (although this term has recently become very hackneyed) in the business world in the near future. These technologies include blockchain, user experience management using digital channels, and real-time data streaming or “fast data”.

Technologies of a more tactical nature, although still requiring close attention at all stages of technical planning, experimental development, development and technical maturity, are technologies that can bring significant changes to the operation of an enterprise and in such a non-standard way affect its competitive advantage. This year, the list includes such tactical technologies as contextual computing, integration of work applications, so-called low-code platforms (requiring a minimum amount of programming), intelligent agents / chatbots, adaptive cybersecurity, microservice architectures, environment personalization and fog computing.

More broadly, there have also been some additions to the list of far-reaching technologies—suggested technical innovations that not only are not ready to be put into practice by most businesses—they are still being polished in research departments and start-up incubators. However, their introduction may prove to be such an important step that businesses should keep a close eye on their development, as these advances, once they penetrate the mass market, are likely to lead to major and unforeseen tipping points in various sectors of the economy.

The technologies listed in my white paper should be on the agenda of every organization that embarks on a digital transformation journey, i.e. one that actively makes a concerted effort to increase the focus on technology within the organization while thinking and acting like leaders digital space.

Some technologies were on this list both in 2014, when I first compiled it, and last year – this is because the significance of these achievements is so great that enterprises need to devote enough energy and energy to most of them during the technological development life cycle. In addition, these technologies are either rapidly evolving or underrepresented in the average company (or both), at least compared to the digital leaders, so they should be left on this list.

Let’s not beat around the bush and take a brief look at the situation with each of these technologies to understand why they play such an important role this year.

Which Enterprise Technologies to Watch for in 2016

microservice architectures. They are often called service-oriented architecture, only well-made and practical. The concept of lightweight, modular, stateless, API-based microservices has recently taken off in its own right, with many compelling examples, such as the success of multimedia provider Netflix in this field, that most organizations should take a closer look at because of the recognized benefits of this technology. These include scalability, reliability, cost efficiency, improved fault tolerance, simple implementation in containers, and ease of deployment. Recent surveys have shown that a third of organizations are developing microservices today.

Digital learning, massive open online courses, global networks of technical solutions. Unnoticed outside the field of education and self-development, the rapid changes that digital technologies bring to people’s learning have remained unnoticed. Learning optimization not only allows you to more fully realize human potential, but also helps to become a digital leader and stay in these positions, since today almost the most difficult task is to maintain effective digital skills in the face of incredible technological progress, and therefore educational technologies remained on my list. Whether it’s bespoke digital learning tools like adaptive learning, which students are very positive about, or massive open online courses (MOOCs), or even global technology solutions networks that allow entire industries to share knowledge, they all remain at the top of educational technologies in 2016. , as in my last year’s roundup of key digital trends. Especially noticeable is the rapid development in the field of MOOCs, which is now growing exponentially and in which 4.55 thousand online courses have recently been recorded.

public clouds. Few enterprises have yet committed to a full transition to the public cloud, but everything seems to be moving towards that if we look at the timeframe longer than 18-36 months. While most organizations consider a private or hybrid cloud to be the “go-to” option, recent research suggests that public clouds will eventually dominate. While public clouds are the least adopted so far compared to private and hybrid clouds, they are growing the fastest, with an impressive CAGR of 44% through 2019. Public clouds will overtake private clouds in popularity between 2017 and 2017. and 2018 years. Perhaps the most significant breakthrough in the field of public clouds was that Microsoft Azure is finally making, although the first, but still tangible success in confronting the ubiquitous cloud services of the market leader, Amazon Web Services, which offers a full range of related services.

User experience management (CEM) through digital channels (digital experience, DX). Shaping a consistent, well-organized and effective user experience across all digital channels, from mobile apps to strategic online communities, is one of today’s hottest topics. As I wrote earlier, achieving a truly integrated digital experience is a difficult task, but worth a real investment, as its solution will bring tangible benefits. The leaders in terms of user experience organization occupy an impressive position in the S&P 500 index. The projected annual growth of the market for related solutions is currently 19.9% ​​from 2015 to 2020.