Growing adoption of Digital assistants, Internet of Things devices, blockchain applications, and new server strategies are likely to drive a number of big tech trends in 2018. Among the things we’ll see more of in the coming year, according to various forecasters, are edge computing, so-called serverless computing, smarter homes, smarter cities, and a host of new technologies for smarter, more connected cars.
The next 12 months could also see new developments in ARM-powered laptops, over-the-air wireless charging, augmented reality, 5G connectivity, and IT security driven by Artificial Intelligence.
At least some of these innovations can be expected to make their first appearance at CES 2018, scheduled for Jan. 9-12 in Las Vegas. The consumer technology tradeshow and conference will feature exhibits, presentations, keynotes, and other programs on VR, AR, self-driving cars, digital health, IoT, smart energy, robotics, AI, drones, and more.
Enterprise Focus on ‘Innovation Accelerators’
Consumers won’t be the only ones driving the adoption of new tech devices and strategies in the year ahead: enterprise organizations with an eye on Digital Transformation will also fuel growth in a wide range of technology markets. For example, analyst firm IDC expects worldwide spending on digital transformation technologies to approach $1.3 trillion this year, a 16.8 percent increase over 2017.
“While some industries are more focused on the core technologies underlying the 3rd Platform, particularly cloud, big data and analytics, and mobility, many have shifted their investment focus toward the Innovation Accelerators, such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and cognitive computing, and robotics,” customer insights and analysis group program director Eileen Smith said in an IDC forecast released last month. “While the investment strategies may differ from company to company, the objective remains the same: to reimagine and reconstruct the business to compete in the increasingly digital economy that’s platform-powered…