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We recently shared 15 predictions on the future of technology from IT leaders. Now that 2017 is officially here, we are highlighting a few other prediction articles that caught our attention this week. Read on for the key trends to watch in 2017.
Daniel Newman, writing for Forbes, acknowledges the influx of tech prediction articles that are likely dominating your social media feeds. But despite the extra noise this week, he writes, “It’s important to recognize what technology is increasing in popularity so you can allocate the time and funds to make these trends pay off for your business.” Newman highlights 17 tech trends that will shape the enterprise in 2017 – from cloud migration, to blockchain, to chatbots, to drones.
Tim Bajarin is a tech analyst and futurist who has been making predictions for nearly 30 years. The first, and according to Bajarin, possibly biggest, issue for tech in 2017 is the impact of President-elect Trump. The other trends that made it onto his shortlist include smart cars, augmented reality, and two-in-one computers. Read the article in Time for Bajarin’s thoughts on why he thinks these trends will have the biggest impact on technology in 2017.
Wired reporters agree that Trump is a “wild card” for the technology industry in 2017. Despite the uncertainty for the future, Davey Alba, Klint Finley, and Emily Dreyfuss make a few guesses about what is to come. A particularly eye-catching prediction from Finley states, “The Internet of Things will die” – the term, anyway. Finley says, “The Internet of Things—or whatever you want to call it—has the potential to save precious resources, spot and fight pollution, and help people lead healthier, safer lives. But adding internet remote control to every single product on the market won’t necessarily help us get there. What we need are thoughtful, affordable, durable devices that actually, y’know, make our lives better. A new name, and a renewed sense of purpose, could be just what the Internet of Things needs.”