December 4, 2017

2018 tech trends you need to know

In today’s dynamic IT organizations, you need to be knowledgeable about the latest trends and technologies to be competitive. Armed with this knowledge, you can take your best shot at developing new products and services, and rolling them out at the appropriate time.

However, predicting the future can prove to be difficult. Global research firm IDC spends considerable time each year predicting trends for the upcoming year in its IDC FutureScape: Worldwide IT Industry 2018 Top 10 Predictions report.

Trends and Enablers

IDC sees 2018 as all about the acceleration of digital transformation. IT spending will shift toward third platform technologies and digital transformation. IDC also views 2018 as the second chapter of the third platform with much innovation taking place.

According to Frank Gens, IDC SVP and chief analyst, “In 2018, the key pieces of the third platform’s second chapter will come together with even greater force, driving enterprises to multiply their digital innovation pace and scale through mastery of digital platforms, external digital developer communities, data-as-a-service marketplaces, expanding artificial intelligence services, blockchain as a service, new human-digital interfaces and open API ecosystems.”

The 2018 IDC FutureScape for the worldwide IT industry identifies ten strategic industry shifts that executives need to understand and act on in order to compete and win in the economy. Review the predictions below to see how your company goals and objectives stack up against them. If your alignment isn’t there, it may be time to make some changes to remain competitive in the market.

Here’s a look at IDC’s top ten predictions for 2018. 

  1. By 2021, at least 50% of the global GDP will be digitized, with growth driven by digitally enhanced offerings, operations and relationships.
  2. By 2020, 60% of all enterprises will have fully articulated an organization-wide digital transformation platform strategy and be in the process of implementing it.
  3. By 2021, spending on cloud services and cloud-enabling hardware, software and services will more than double to over $530 billion.
  4. By 2019, 40% of digital transformation initiatives will use artificial intelligence; 75% of commercial enterprise apps will use AI; over 90% of consumers will interact with customer support bots; and over 50% of new industrial robots will leverage AI.
  5. By 2021, enterprise apps will shift toward hyper-agile architectures, with 80% of application development on cloud platforms.
  6. By 2020, human-digital interfaces will diversify, with 25% of field-service technicians and information workers using augmented reality and nearly 50% of new mobile apps using voice as the primary interface.
  7. By 2021, at least 25% of the G2000 will use blockchain services as a foundation for digital trust at scale.
  8. By 2020, 90% of large enterprises will generate revenue from data-as-a-service.
  9. Improvements in simple development tools will dramatically expand the number of non-tech developers over the next 36 months; by 2021, these non-traditional developers will build 20% of their business applications and 30% of their new application features.
  10. By 2021, more than half of the G2000 will see an average of 1/3 of their digital services interactions come through their open API ecosystems.

None of us can predict the future with 100% accuracy. But, you should be knowledgeable about what the industry experts expect to happen in the near future. With this information, you will be able to make better-informed decisions and stay ahead of your competition.

If you would like additional information about IDC’s 2018 predictions or how Arrow can help you align your business to today’s market, contact your Arrow representative. Not an Arrow partner? Contact us to learn about our value-added resources and programs to help you grow your business.