2017 Tech Trends: The Mesh Connects Everything Together (Part 3)

In our last blog, we postulated how our new digital world is blurring the lines between where the real physical world ends, and where the digital world begins and takes over our new reality. Digital businesses should be able to flourish over the next several years if they can create new business models which will take advantage of this new and ever-changing digital landscape by implementing technologies which leverage this change.

To conclude our look at the 2017 Tech Trends as described by Gartner Research, we come to the final theme in the series: Mesh, which can be looked at as the piece that supports the other two themes.

Creating a Digital Mesh for People and The IoT

An intelligent digital mesh has emerged which will aid in the growth of future digital business ventures and their underlying technology platforms and IT practices. The mesh focuses solely on people and the Internet of Things (IoT), as well as the information and services that these entities access and effect.

Trend #1: Conversational Systems

This is about systems that can carry on conversations by voice to do many things including listening, comprehending and then answer questions posed to them. Conversational systems shift from a model where people adapt to computers to one where the computer physically “hears” the questions or commands posed, and adapts to a person’s desired outcome. The fascinating aspect of this is that standard voice/text commands aren’t primarily used, but all sensory faculties are, allowing for a more complete understanding of the questions.

Trend #2: Mesh App & Service Architecture

Soon, apps will be built from multiple services, including microservices, all connected by APIs. Lying behind all of this will be the cloud, which will use serverless services and will be event-driven rather than driven by structured APIs. This will allow for a more modular, flexible and dynamic solution to what was presented. These solutions will ultimately support multiple users in multiple roles using multiple devices and communicating over multiple networks more efficiently. This technology is in its infancy, so it is still a few years away from mainstream.

Trend #3: Digital Technology Platforms

Digital technology platforms are the so-called building blocks for digital businesses and are necessary to break into the digital medium. Every organization will have some sort of mix between these five digital technology platforms: Information systems, customer experience, analytics and intelligence, the IoT and business ecosystems. However, it will be necessary for IT teams to build their own platform to help leverage their product line.

Trend #4: Adaptive Security Architecture

It is all about security today! Security must become even more fluid and adaptive due to the evolution of the intelligent digital mesh and digital technology platforms and application architectures. Security divisions must work, from the earliest stage, with all other developmental department to create a multi-layered security system to help protect the enterprise from the risk of catastrophic breaches.

Interestingly, Gartner’s 10 Tech Trends for 2017 are not yet mainstream in the Chicago marketplace, according to Eric Edelsberg, Staffing Director and Partner at CultureFit Technology Staffing. Mr. Edelsberg believes that these emerging trends are first being piloted and developed by the major tech players out in Silicon Valley. Once they have some sustained success over the next year or two, these trends will become more mainstream, creating new and exciting job opportunities for those individuals willing to learn these cutting-edge skills.

For more information on any of these trends discussed, or if you are an IT expert looking to advance your career,  talk to one of our IT Staffing Professionals at CultureFit.