Year 2017 is coming

Pick an industry, and technology certainly is shaking it to its foundations. Regardless of whether you make widgets, import them, sell them, track them, analyze the industry or provide support in any way, the march of technology is threatening to overtake you, too. In short, if you are in business, you need to pay close attention to recently technology advances.

Read on to discover the five enterprise technology trends you can’t afford to ignore in 2017.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is coming to a device near you. Actually, it’s already here, and you may not realize it. Think about the Apple assistant Siri, or Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana or a host of other digital assistants that seek to learn more about us and make our experiences with their products and services more relevant and timely. We want answers, and we want them now.

As technology advances in terms of machine learning, predictions will become more accurate and more timely, increasing their impact on users. Consider the power of IBM’s Watson, which is still well-known for its prowess at “Jeopardy” and chess but is being used to transform decision-making in such industries as healthcare and automobiles. The march of AI is threatening to disrupt the business model of many industries.

AAA for your enterprise (not for the car). Although having AAA is useful when you have a flat tire or run out of gas in the middle of nowhere, it’s not much help for network security. With hackers threatening everything from our financial and healthcare records to the integrity of the American election process, there is overwhelming reason that security should be a top concern among enterprises.

There is buzz developing around automation, analytics and AI, which are being touted as the new security AAA. Automation can help companies detect potential intrusions quicker and without human intervention. Analytics are getting better at determining what’s normal network traffic and what’s a potential intrusion, while AI is useful to detect uncharacteristic patterns in the network, at a facility or among an individual user or group of users.

Because one cloud wasn’t enough. Enterprise are relying more on cloud infrastructure to store data and give far-flung and on-the-go employees access to that data wherever they are and whenever they’re working. Increasingly, though, multiple clouds are being deployed to meet the diverse needs of users while maintaining service and uptime standards.

As cloud deployments become more complex, infrastructure as a service (IaaS) can be used to help manage multiple cloud deployments. It could be the answer to the technological challenges in your enterprise.

IoT finally coming into its own. Yes, there’s been a lot of talk over the Internet of Things (IoT) for many years. In fact, it may be a bit like the boy who cried wolf amid all of the hype that’s been out there for years.

However, this may finally be the year when IoT shakes off its cool but what’s-in-it-for me image and takes its rightful place among truly useful technologies. Look especially for IoT to play larger roles in cybersecurity, AI, big data and cloud applications.

Mobile becoming the top dog of data. Three months ago, internet traffic via mobile and tablets surpassed desktop computing traffic on a global basis for the first time. Much like the hype over IoT, this had been predicted for years but has finally occurred.

This trend encapsulates many of the others. AI tools increasingly are being accessed by mobile devices and are becoming more useful. At the same time, companies are relying more than ever on more-complex cloud environments to power a mobile workforce, which can bring security issues. IoT-empowered devices can be controlled and interpreted by mobile devices, increasing their utility within the enterprise.

There certainly are other trends that will pop up over the next 12 months, but you should pay close attention to these.

By Ramesh Maturu January 17, 2017
Tags: Enterprise