2017 Technology Update: 7 Hot Categories

Michael R. Wood is a Business Process Improvement & IT Strategist Independent Consultant. He is creator of the business process-improvement methodology called HELIX and founder of The Natural Intelligence Group, a strategy, process improvement and technology consulting company. He is also a CPA, has served as an Adjunct Professor in Pepperdine's Management MBA program, an Associate Professor at California Lutheran University, and on the boards of numerous professional organizations. Mr. Wood is a sought after presenter of HELIX workshops and seminars in both the U.S. and Europe.

We’re already halfway through the year, and it’s time for the annual technology update! So get your geek on and let’s go! The hot information technologies for 2017 fall into the categories of:

  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Cloud computing
  • Commercial use of drones
  • 3D printing
  • Security,
  • Conversational systems
  • Mobility

Internet of Things (IoT)
In 2017, a lot of the action is behind the scenes in some of these areas. For example, Gartner’s forecast of the top 10 IoT technologies for 2017 and 2018 include things like:

  • Device management – mostly around context, location and state awareness including data structures that are learning and adapting over time
  • Low-power, short-range IoT networks – improving signal range for more user-select
  • friendly experiences
  • Low-power, wide-area networks – networks designed to allow long-range communications at a low bitrate to connect things such as battery operated sensors
  • Event stream processing – the ability to handle high-velocity, high-volume and high-variety streams of data in an IoT platform environment
  • IoT standards and ecosystems – basically standardizing APIs and other protocols with the IoT space to make communications and sharing of information more mature and effective

These functionality improvements read more like features and capabilities you…

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