September 18, 2017
The Four Disruptors
Disruption. Silicon Valley’s favorite buzzword. Startups and tech giants alike now frame solving problems as disrupting existing infrastructure and industries. Positive disruption through innovative technology adds value to society, culture and business.
SAP predicts that four major technologies will disrupt or change the high tech industry as we know it: the Internet of Things or IoT, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence or machine learning and augmented reality.
Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) works exactly how it sounds. Physical objects connect to the internet. IoT devices allow consumers to communicate, access information and monitor activities. Everything from cars, home appliances and speakers fall under the IoT category. This creates unlimited potential for revenue streams- especially for tech world juggernauts. IoT devices help consumers with everything from everyday tasks to monitoring vital signs for health purposes.
Every month we seem to learn about another major cyberattack. Each one increasing in scale and complexity. From ransomware to identity theft to system blackouts, cyberattacks cause detrimental consequences for businesses and the economy. They pose even greater risk for national security.
As we become more connected both personally and professionally, we put ourselves and our organizations at risk. With increasing modes of connection to the internet, hackers and cyber attackers only find more avenues for destruction. Companies that focus on intellectual property need to invest more resources and time to protect themselves from theft and cyber threats.
Artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning allows for computers to make autonomous decisions based on data. As time goes on, AI devices learn to predict outcomes and solve problems without human interaction. AI helps companies operate more efficiently and free up resources to focus on more strategic initiatives.
Augmented reality differs from virtual reality. Virtual reality (VR) is a completely artificial environment. Augmented reality leverages elements of VR to supplement tasks. SAP provides an example of a picker in a distribution center using augmented reality to help guide them to picking locations and select the correct items. Companies that leverage technology to facilitate more efficient supply chains and speedier deliveries will gain a competitive edge in today’s demanding consumer economy.
Think you’re ready to embrace some of these disruptors? Attunix specializes in helping companies utilize IoT, machine learning, and more. Reach out to us today and we’ll talk with you about how we can leverage these emerging tech trends with your business.