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Tech Trends for 2020: Thriving in the Age of Disruption

20 December 2019 By Christian Kenny

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​We live in an age of complex technology and near-constant disruption. We have access to more digital solutions than ever before, but how do we know where to focus our time and energy with change coming from all sides? As we move into a brand-new decade, organisations will have to embrace calculated risks and challenges as they lay the foundations for future success.

We take a closer look at some of the top digital trends for 2020 to help you cut through the noise.

Data at the Centre of Everything

Data is vital to every organisation, digital or otherwise. It’s central to many of the important digital leaps forward we have made over the last few years. This information is nothing groundbreaking. But what is vital, as we move into the new year and beyond, is the growing need to create the right data architecture within your business and to break data down into key disciplines. It’s no longer enough to have a one-size-fits-all data expert or approach. Organisations who fail to build a smart data infrastructure may soon find themselves swamped by the level of data they are dealing with.

Living on the Edge

Edge computing relates to collecting and processing data from the edge of a network rather than in a central cloud or hub, and it’s changing the way we think about data. When we talk about the ‘edge of a network’ we are talking about the billions of IoT (Internet of Things) devices that are in use around the world. A report from Business Insider found that 5.6 billion IoT devices owned by enterprises and governments will utilise edge computing for data collection and processing in 2020.

The Potential of 5G

5G has begun to roll in the UK but only in a few select spots so far. This next generation of mobile internet promises up to 100 times faster speeds than 4G and will enable greater bandwidth than ever before. But these changes don’t just promise to speed up your favourite app, they open up a huge number of possibilities for developers, service providers, and businesses. This greater speed and connectivity could open the door to a new wave of mobile innovation. The UK is set to be 5G ready by 2022.

The Evolution of AI

AI has already become an important part of our everyday life – from home assistants to applications in navigation, finance, and research. But what does 2020 have in store for this futuristic tech? We can expect more startups to enter the AI field as the next generation of developers look for new ways to harness the technology, while AI will become ever more intertwined in our business systems and processes. AI will also continue to augment RPA (Robotic Process Automation). Forrester, a US market research company predicts that 25% of the Fortune 500 will add AI building blocks to their Robotic Process Automation (RPA) programs in 2020. Creating hundreds of new possibilities for process automation and augmentation of human roles.

Hybrid Computing Becomes the New Normal

Hybrid computing allows data to flow seamlessly between private and public clouds. This approach allows organisations to scale their capability and allows information to move more easily between parties, freeing up local resources for the most sensitive data. Although hybrid computing provides new ways for businesses to handle ever-expanding data streams, it also poses potential security questions. This is driving the development of new solutions in cybersecurity.

As we move towards a new and exciting future, it’s easy to get lost in the potential applications of new technologies. But people remain at the heart of this digital journey. Engaging and developing the right experts at the right time can ensure that you stay ahead of the crowd. At Ventula, we are excited about what lies in store for our industry and committed to bringing together innovative organisations and talented tech professionals. Explore our current roles or get in touch to discover how we can help you to grow your team in 2020.