Professional services firm Deloitte regularly releasing a series of top quality free yet detailed and must-read reports across a range of tech topics, as we’ve reported on many times in the past here at iTWire.
Its latest is its Tech Trends 2015 report, described as ‘The Fusion of Business and IT’, which you can download the executive summary of, alongside the full 168 page PDF report which can be freely downloaded here.
The company says its report is ‘broadly inspired by a fundamental transformation in the way C-suite leaders and CIOs collaborate to leverage disruptive change, chart business strategy, and pursue potentially transformative opportunities.’
From 3D printing in the manufacturing space through to AI helping the medical industry to ‘improve cancer diagnosis and treatments, the confluence of business, technology, and science is being seen and felt across all markets and industries.’
The trends identified in the report include:
Ambient computing, CIO as Chief Integration Officer, dimensional marketing, IT worker of the future, Application Programming Interfaces (API) economy, software-defined everything, core renaissance, and amplified intelligence.
The report also includes a section dedicated to six exponential technologies — innovative disciplines which are evolving fast and whose impact may be profound: artificial intelligence, robotics, additive manufacturing, quantum computing, industrial biology, and cybersecurity.
Deloitte Consulting’s Managing Partner, Robert Hillard, said ‘eight trends were selected that will disrupt the ways government and business engage with citizens, how work gets done and how markets and industries are evolving.’
Hillard stated: “For the first time in a number of years, these trends are being primarily driven from the enterprise rather than consumer products, making it more important than ever that organisations understand what is happening in the next eighteen months.
“Each of the 2015 trends is relevant today and has significant momentum and potential to make a business impact. Our report encourages IT executives to be the catalyst of change for emerging technologies — helping the business understand the ‘what,’ the ‘so what,’ and the ‘now what.’ Inspiring tomorrow, but also plotting a path to get there deliberately and responsibly from the realities of today.”
Here’s iTWire’s video of Deloitte’s Tech Trends 2015 launch event.
With the technology landscape rapidly changing across both the private and public sector, business strategy is being transformed.
This gives CIOs and technology professionals have an opportunity to vet, prioritise and invest in fast-paced technology developments.
Deloitte says its Tech Trends 2015 ‘report examines how some of the biggest macro technology forces — digital, analytics, cloud, the renaissance of core systems, cyber security, and the changing role of IT within the enterprise — are enabling historic advancements in business, government, and society. It also examines how they are fuelling breakthroughs in materials science, medical science, artificial intelligence, and other exponentially changing domains.’
The report also quotes a range of Australian business executives, academics, and industry luminaries share their perspectives on each trend, while a ‘Cyber Implications’ section has been added within each chapter, which explores potential security and privacy considerations for each trend.
Hillary concludes by stating: “The report examines tech advances not for technology’s sake, but offers a look at how advancements in IT can significantly impact businesses, government agencies, and potentially even society.
“A healthy skepticism towards ‘shiny object syndrome’ is required giving the pace and magnitude of change. Tech Trends 2015 looks to short-circuit hype cycles, including real-world examples of the trend in action and a prescriptive section covering ‘where do you start’.”