Technical development will not stop in 2020 either. In order to confidently deal with the upcoming challenges, the focus in 2020 should be on three tech trends.
In view of the current disruptive change in the economy and society, it is crucial for success that companies recognize technology trends. These are the ones that will in turn significantly accelerate the expansion of the Internet of Things.
Trend 1: Decentralized or: everything from anywhere
More and more consumers are using mobile services and expect that they can access services anytime, without delay, and from anywhere. Companies must therefore be able to always offer solutions and services safely and without interruption. They can only do this successfully by relying on a decentralized IT infrastructure – and thus diversifying it. Keyword cloud and colocation. Because especially under the expected peak performance of the IoT, your own capacities in computing power, scalability, and availability are not sufficient.
According to the study Successful business models with IoT platforms and ecosystems from Crisp Research in cooperation with main-cubes, the majority of companies see it this way: 54% of them can only partially meet the requirements of the IoT projects with their existing IT infrastructure – 9% do not consider themselves able to do this. The endeavor to have the IT infrastructures hosted by highly professional colocation services and at the same time to use various cloud models – as a hybrid mix of public and private clouds – will continue to gain importance in 2020.
Trend 2: solutions like a glove
Another trend is tailored services and individual products for business and private customers. To do this, however, more and more devices have to be connected and data to be exchanged. This is the only way to create data sources from which solutions such as on-time products, predictive maintenance, AI using artificial neural networks and much more can be created.
At the same time, according to Statista, the mark of three billion IoT devices is to be broken in the coming year. The Crisp study also confirms that the IoT is booming: 94% of the companies surveyed are dealing with the topic or are planning to do so. And more than half see IoT as the basis for new networked products and data-based business models.
In order to manage the amount of data that arises there and on the other hand, to ensure the connectivity between devices and data pools safely and reliably, digital platforms and eco-systems based on the infrastructure of colocation data centers are required. Here, members can exchange ideas, share tools and services with one another and thus develop solutions that are tailored to the needs of customers.
Trend 3: transparency and protection
The more data is collected, held, shared, and analyzed, the more important it is to protect this wealth of data on the one hand and at the same time to ensure sufficient transparency.
With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a far-reaching framework for personal data was already cast in law in Europe in 2018. However, it must also be ensured that the security of a company, customer, and machine data is preserved in the course of the IoT. In addition, data owner mechanisms must be put in hand to ensure their sovereignty.
This is especially true in times of increasingly decentralized infrastructure, such as when selecting colocation data centers.
At the top of the agenda is:
- Data security
- Data sovereignty
The Gartner experts see this in a similar way in a recent analysis and therefore advocate that companies should focus on three areas in order to ensure transparency and control: artificial intelligence/machine learning, consolidation of data protection, ownership and control of personal data, and ethically aligned design.
As awareness of their protection and transparent handling increases with the amount of data at the same time, this trend will become even more of a focus in 2020.
This great article is written by Jack Rickson who is an information technology researcher and current an employee at Folio3 which is one of the top production dairy farmers of Canada software company in the World