It’s August, it’s Hype Cycle time. Like every year, Gartner places the cards on the IT industry and society. What technologies are on the rise? Which are just being ruthless? Which are the reasons for the current possibilities and applications, and what are developing into fixed sizes in technology operation? For three areas, the survey defines the potential for growth and innovation for companies over the next 5 to 10 years: Artificial Intelligence (AI), the increasing blurring of boundaries between people, businesses and things (Transparently Immersive Experiences) and digital platforms.
In the field of view
According to Gartner, technology such as ConnectedHome, DeepLearning and Machine Learning are currently at the forefront of the trend and are fully integrated into the driving water of the Hypes. However, it will still take a few years for resources to be available to the general public. Another category at Gartner is the watch list. According to the report, this includes technologies such as 5G, Digital Twin, Edge Computing, Blockchain, IoT Platform, Neuromorphic Hardware, Quantum Computing, Serverless PaaS and Software-Defined-Security. In this classification one finds key technologies, which make innovative, new platforms possible.
Hybrid Cloud as a key technology
This also includes a component that left the HypeCycle already in August 2016 due to its sustained success and a striking concept: it is about the hybrid cloud. According to a recent study by Crisp, companies have arrived at the topic of cloud computing and are already moving towards the multi-cloud environment. The results of the study “Hybrid & Multi-Cloud Services in the German Small Business” state that for 80 percent of German SMEs, cloud computing will be an important pillar of their IT strategy in the future. In collaboration with EuroCloud Germany, eco-Verband and QSC AG, Crisp Research has surveyed more than 300 decision-makers from German companies with at least 200 employees on their cloud concepts.
Hybrid Cloud as the dominant strategy
The result says, among other things, that hybrid cloud models will dominate in the future. Over 70 percent of respondents consider multi-cloud scenarios to be standard deployment models by 2020. The public cloud (40 percent), which is still popular today, is losing massively by 2020. Thus, not even one in five students believe that this form of cloud deployment in the B2B sector will still play an important role. The private cloud also has a completely subordinate role.
The platform creates innovation
The study authors conclude that a variety of reasons are relevant for the development outlined above. The digital value chain is particularly important in this context. 80 percent of decision-makers are convinced that digitalization has a strong impact on their business. It is therefore not surprising that topics such as networked business processes, digital customer contact or new digital business models are on the agenda. The surveyed companies want to integrate digital components in about 45 percent of their products and services by 2020. These are the innovative services that are implemented on platforms such as the DARZ Hybrid Cloud. This is also the conclusion of the study, that in the long run no company without the cloud technology will get along. IT departments are already working to overcome the transitional phase as quickly as possible by means of comparatively high budgets. The decision-makers are aware that this conversion is not an end in itself, but the necessary first step for competitiveness in the digital age.