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Technology Trends 2014: Inspiring Disruption

Inspiring Disruption

Each year, we study the ever-evolving technology landscape, focusing on trends, events and technologies that promise to have a transformational impact on business, government, and society. Once again, we’ve selected 10 topics that we believe will impact organisations across industries, geographies, and sizes over the next 18 to 24 months.

This year’s report entitled: Inspiring Disruption highlights the unprecedented potential for emerging technologies to reshape how work gets done, how businesses grow, and how markets and industries evolve. These technologies challenge CIOs to anticipate their potential organisational impacts. And while today’s demands are by no means trivial, the trends we describe offer CIOs the opportunity to shape tomorrow—to inspire others, to create value, and to transform “business as usual.”

As in prior years, we’ve organised the trends into two categories: Disruptors and Enablers.

  • Disruptors are areas that can create sustainable positive disruption in IT capabilities, business operations, and sometimes even business models.
  • Enablers are technologies in which many CIOs have already invested time and effort, but that warrant another look because of new developments, new capabilities, or new potential use cases.

To further increase the African relevance of this report; we have rated each trend across three specific metrics: Relevance; Immediacy; Readiness.

  • The Relevance score presents our view of the degree of relevance of this global trend has in our current market how much of an impact the trend in question will ultimately have.
  • The Immediacy scale is an indicator of when we suggested you look to invest in actions related to this trend.
  • The Readiness scale shows us how ready we in Africa are to deal with or benefit from this trend. There could be impediments that may need to be removed for real benefits to be realised.

For the first time, we’ve added a section dedicated to what our contributing authors at Singularity University refer to as “exponential” technologies. We highlight five innovative technologies that may take longer than our standard 24-month time horizon for businesses to harness them—but whose eventual impact may be profound. Examples include artificial intelligence, robotics and additive manufacturing (3-D printing). Our goal is to provide a high-level introduction to each exponential—a snapshot of what it is, where it comes from, and where it’s going.

Each of the 2014 trends is relevant today. Each has significant momentum and potential to make a business impact. And each warrants timely consideration—even if the strategy is to wait and see. But whatever you do, don’t be caught unaware—or unprepared. Use these forces to inspire, to transform and to disrupt.

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