Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2017

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garby Angela Guess

A recent press release out of Gartner reports, “Gartner, Inc. today highlighted the top technology trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2017… Gartner defines a strategic technology trend as one with substantial disruptive potential that is just beginning to break out of an emerging state into broader impact and use or which are rapidly growing trends with a high degree of volatility reaching tipping points over the next five years. ‘Gartner’s top 10 strategic technology trends for 2017 set the stage for the Intelligent Digital Mesh,’ said David Cearley, vice president and Gartner Fellow. ‘The first three embrace ‘Intelligence Everywhere,’ how data science technologies and approaches are evolving to include advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence allowing the creation of intelligent physical and software-based systems that are programmed to learn and adapt. The next three trends focus on the digital world and how the physical and digital worlds are becoming more intertwined. The last four trends focus on the mesh of platforms and services needed to deliver the intelligent digital mesh’.”

The release continues, “The top 10 strategic technology trends for 2017 are: (1) AI and Advanced Machine Learning. Artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced machine learning (ML) are composed of many technologies and techniques (e.g., deep learning, neural networks, natural-language processing [NLP]). The more advanced techniques move beyond traditional rule-based algorithms to create systems that understand, learn, predict, adapt and potentially operate autonomously. (2) Intelligent Apps. Intelligent apps such as VPAs perform some of the functions of a human assistant making everyday tasks easier (by prioritizing emails, for example), and its users more effective (by highlighting the most important content and interactions). Other intelligent apps such as virtual customer assistants (VCAs) are more specialized for tasks in areas such as sales and customer service. As such, these intelligent apps have the potential to transform the nature of work and structure of the workplace.”

Read the rest of the list at the Gartner website.

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