New technology trends and advancements in UX design are transforming business and society. In order to be prepared for the changes and make the most appropriate business decisions it is important to invest in R&D to identify the changes and opportunities.
Our parent company Global IT Innovator, NTT DATA invest $1.8 billion in R&D and continuously researches technology and social trends that will impact us within the next three to ten years.
Here, we share the four Society Trends and eight Technology Trends that they forecast. You can visit the NTT DATA Technology Foresight website to read more detail, or to download the brochure and past reports.
NTT DATA Technology Foresight 2017: Society Trends
1) Power of the Individual
Startup businesses and influential individuals will transform established systems and encourage businesses to become increasingly flexible and offer more choices to consumers.
2) Decentralised Collaboration
Digital ecosystems will continue to emerge in which users interact over decentralised networks revolutionising both workplaces and societies. We talk about remote working and virtual offices in our Future of Work blog post.
3) Ever-Evolving Things
As a result of advances in Data analytics, products are ever-evolving things and continuously improving.
4) Physical Digital Convergence
Limitations in time, space, and ability will be removed as the physical-digital convergence broadens in scope.
NTT DATA Technology Foresight 2017: Technology trends.
1) Pervasive Artificial Intelligence
As we recognised in our Digital Transformational blog series, AI is a central technology driving change. Machine-learning is expanding the use of AI. NTT DATA say: ‘AI will improve convenience, resolve intellectual labour shortages, and drastically advance science. Mastery of AI will become a critical component of competitiveness.’
2) Conversational Computing
Advancements in voice recognition technology is improving and increasing people-to-technology interactions. RMA’s Mischa Weiss-Lijn recently shared his insights into how to design for Conversational UI and what it means to business.
3) Environment-Aware Robotics
Robots have acquired enhanced environmental awareness, which is opening up opportunities within areas such as self-driving cars and drones.
4) Precision Life Sciences
Data-life sciences are accelerating as data on individuals is continuously (and increasingly) generated from DNA Analysis, biosensors, and EHR, to aid in treatment and preventive care. NTT DATA has been developing a new wearable smart shirt with ‘hitoe’ technology that analyses the wearer’s biological information.
5) Synthetic Reality
Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) devices, are integrating the digital and real world – synthesizing human perception within new 3D spaces, allowing the sharing of knowledge and distributed experiences.
6) Security for the IoT Era
IoT devices have increased the risks from data breaches and large scale cyberattacks making it necessary to change the way we treat and protect data.
7) Heterogeneity in IT Infrastructures
Cloud services will enable the flexible infrastructure needed for the massive computing performance required for AI and IoT.
8) Experience Design Innovation
Interactions between human and systems are changing, resulting in more natural and freer user experiences. RMA’s experience designers collaborate with our front-end development team, to ensure we maximise the technology opportunities that exist now and in the future. Our Head of Experience Design shares his thoughts on how designers will have to change in his article User Experience when AI makes all the decisions.
Please contact us if you would like to receive NTT DATA’s Technology Foresight Whitepaper with more detail on each trend.