What will be the main trends in technology for this 2018?


According to Gartner, the technological keys for 2018 will be marked by trends such as artificial intelligence, IoT, intelligent applications, digital twins, edge computing, immersive experience, cybersecurity or blockchain, among others.

As every year, we analyze the technological trends that will continue to revolutionize our lives based on the annual report of the Gartner consultancy. Technologies that have disruptive potential for the next five years.

According to the consultant, these are the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2018:

Artificial intelligence

The creation and implementation of systems capable of learning, adapting and acting autonomously has been a great challenge for companies. The use of AI aims to improve decision making and reinvent existing business models and ecosystems, and will undoubtedly become the main concern by 2025.

“AI techniques are evolving rapidly and organizations will have to invest significantly in skills, processes and tools to successfully exploit these techniques and build improved AI systems,” says David Cearly of Gartner in this scenario.

Smart applications and analysis

During the coming years, practically all the applications and services will have incorporated some level of AI, and many will not be able to continue existing without this machine learning technology. This will lead to a new stage that will transform the nature of work as we know it, as well as its structure.

“You have to explore smart applications as a way to increase human activity and not as a way to replace people,” says Cearley.

Internet of Things (IoT)

Try to integrate into physical and everyday objects the ability to offer advanced behaviors and interact naturally with the environment and users. That is the key. We see examples in autonomous vehicles, robots and unmanned aircraft. This trend is advancing more rapidly and its inclusion in daily life is gradually becoming a reality in the lives of many people.

Digital Twins

It is about the digital representation of a real world entity or system. Digital Twins have the ability to significantly improve decision making within companies and can be used to understand the state of things, respond to changes, improve operations and add value.

“Urban planners, digital marketers, healthcare professionals and industrial planners will benefit from this long-term change,” explains the Gartner representative.

Edge Computing

It is a computer topology in which the processing of information, the collection and delivery of content are located closer to the sources. Connectivity and latency challenges, bandwidth constraints and greater functionality built into the edge favor distributed models. Companies should start using edge computing design patterns in their infrastructure, specifically, for those with significant IoT elements.

Conversational platforms

One of the biggest changes that technology has introduced is the transformation in communication between human beings. The conversation platforms will be responsible for driving the next big change and, in the coming years, will become a prime design goal for user interaction.

“The challenge facing conversation platforms is that users must communicate in a very structured way, and this is often a frustrating experience,” says David Cearly.

Immersive experience

Currently, the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) market are still in a primitive and undefined phase, which means that many new VR applications are of little real value to companies. outside of advanced entertainment, such as video games or 360º spherical videos.

For this to evolve, companies must examine new specific real-life scenarios where these new technologies can be applied, improving design processes, training and visualization.


Blockchain technologies are a departure from the current centralized transaction and recordkeeping mechanisms, and can be useful for the creation of a digital business base for both traditional companies and startups.

Event driven

Nowadays, any question within the business can be registered digitally, such as the completion of a purchase order or the landing of an airplane. With the use of IoT, Cloud Computing, Blockchain, Big Data management and AI, any unforeseen business can be detected quickly and analyzed in greater detail.


Considering that we live in a world where attacks through digital platforms are continuous, helping to create a secure and closed network is of great importance. Leaders in security and risk management must adopt a continuous adaptive risk and confidence assessment approach to ensure that digital business initiatives can be carried out safely.

For now, it seems that these initiatives will be those that will take center stage in the world market. We will see what is your line of evolution.

Taken from Blogthinkbig.com

Translated by Openlink Staff