Gartner’s top 10 strategic tech trends for 2019

An article featured on outlines Gartner’s strategic tech trends for 2019 and relates them to supply chain operations.  It advises that firms in this industry will need to get up to speed on a new range of cutting-edge technologies.  The report by market research firm Gartner Inc. finds that disruption and new business models in 2019 will be driven by 10 powerful technology trends some of which may be more familiar than others.

“While most shippers, brokers, carriers, vendors, and warehouse operators will agree that the logistics industry is awash in emerging technologies, Gartner said its study focuses only on those trends that have substantial disruptive potential that is beginning to break out of an emerging state into broader impact and could reach a tipping point over the next five years.”

Viewed through that prism, Gartner says the ten strategic technology trends that organizations need to explore in 2019 are:

  • Autonomous things (robots, drones, and autonomous vehicles will increasingly exhibit advanced behaviors that interact more naturally with their surroundings and with people)
  • Augmented analytics (an area of augmented intelligence using machine learning (ML) instead of data scientists to automate the process of data preparation, insight generation, and insight visualization)
  • AI-driven development (creating AI-enhanced solutions using predefined models delivered as a service, and assigning AI co-developers to help humans with application development projects)
  • Digital twins (digital representations of real-world entities or systems that can help users apply analytics and rules to respond to business objectives)* Empowered edge (the collection and processing of data directly at the endpoint devices used by people or embedded in the world around us, instead of at centralized servers)
  • Immersive experience (how conversational platforms such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR) can change the way people perceive the digital world)
  • Blockchain (a distributed ledger that can enable trust, provide transparency, and reduce friction across business ecosystems)
  • Smart spaces (physical or digital environments in which humans and technology-enabled systems interact in increasingly open, connected, coordinated and intelligent ways)
  • Digital ethics and privacy (how peoples’ personal information is being used by organizations in both the public and private sectors)
  • Quantum computing (a type of nonclassical computing that operates on the quantum state of subatomic particles and can handle problems too complex for traditional approaches or algorithms)

While Gartner identified these trends as general, industry-wide themes, each one could apply specifically to logistics in a range of ways, the firm said.

Specific examples are given to conclude the article, the original of which can be read here.

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