Technology trends 2018 and the impact of legacy

January 5, 2018

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2017 marked the start of a true digital transformation, which will further expand and materialize in 2018. According to several trend-watchers around the world, these are the top 5 technology trends:

  1. Blockchain
    While its primary use in 2017 and before was to verify cryptocurrency transactions, like Bitcoins, developers are realizing it also has uses outside of finance. For example in Healthcare (electronic patient files) and business (smart-contracts).
  2. AI is starting to make an appearance in almost every new platform, app, or device, and that trend is only going to accelerate in 2018. We’re not at techno-pocalypse levels (and AI may never be sophisticated enough for us to reach that point), but by the end of 2018, AI will become even more of a mainstay in all forms of technology.
  3. UI revolution
    The way we interact with our digital devices is changing drastically. The ongoing improvement of smart speakers and voice technologies such as voice recognition and voice search makes it unnecessary to look at our screens for data input.
  4. Big data
    Even more so as in 2017, companies will see the value of data analysis in 2018. With consumers talking to smart speakers throughout their day, and relying on digital devices for most of their daily tasks, companies will soon have access to—and start using—practically unlimited amounts of personal data. This has many consequences, both positive and negative. On one hand, inevitably leads to reduced privacy but on the other hand, it leads to better predictive algorithms in healthcare, saving lives.
  5. Cloud Computing to the Edge
    Cloud has been on the rise since 2016 and this will continue in 2018. However, there’s a new development that might change the way we currently think about the cloud; Edge computing. Edge computing is considered a return to “distributed computing,” where processing power is spread out over multiple computers.

So, what does all that mean for your IT strategy, in particular in relation to legacy systems?

According to DXC, we’ll see a couple of trends:

  1. Re-platforming the enterprise

In 2018, we’ll see an aggressive move to common IT platforms so companies can respond to market changes faster, be more productive and make better-informed decisions. These common platforms are rich in analytics, follow the information flow of the business and are simple enough that users can constantly change the business without writing (much) code. Moreover, they bring an operational and evergreen scale to traditionally bespoke enterprise IT. These common platforms — from Amazon, Microsoft, Google and others — provide very suitable, if not substantially improved replacements for what used to be custom builds. Leading to legacy system migrations and/or code transformations.

  1. The war for digital talent is vigorous and creative

Re-platforming the enterprise portends a major shift in talent, from operating computers to using multiple skills for information integration, analytics and governance.
These digital skills are incredibly scarce and demand is high. Companies will be fighting for people with digital skills to make the transition to common platforms and to drive disruptive change. So how can we get increased scale from a finite talent pool? And how do we maximize the productivity of the talent we already have?

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DXC Technology innovation insights
Forbes, Jayson DeMers
Digital Trends – Ed Oswald