Technology and innovation are advancing quicker than ever. With each passing day, we hear about brand new initiatives that are taking the tech space by storm. But what does this mean for you? It means that staying current with the technology trends that are gaining momentum is of the utmost importance. And it means keeping your eyes on the future, especially as we quickly approach a new year.

That’s where we at Information Transport Solutions, Inc., a Uniti company, can help. Following we detail seven top technology trends you should watch for in 2020. These technology trends, in the next year and beyond, have potential to power both transformation and optimization initiatives.

1. Hyper-Automation

Hyper-automation – using a combination of multiple machine learning, software, and automation systems to deliver work – continues to gain popularity, especially with the increasing initiative of using robots to carryout otherwise-human tasks. Hyper-automation is expected only to advance in all stages of technology, whether that be discovery, analyzation, design, automation, measurement, monitoring, and/or reassessment.

Understanding the range of various technologies, how they relate to one another and how they can be combined and coordinated is a major focus for this trend. It requires a combination of tools to help support replicating usually human-involved tasks.

2. Computer Vision

The segment of artificial intelligence that allows machines to “see” or analyze visual data is called computer vision, and is already being used, especially across healthcare fields. With “vision”, machines are able to identify, verify, classify, and detect objects, as well as make informed decisions about physical objects. As more companies adopt this technology, it is expected to alter and create new tasks for humans in the workplace.

3. User Experience

Enhancing user experience is already at the forefront of tech, and that trend will continue to evolve significantly in the ease of user interaction with the digital world. A change in tech perception and interaction models – such as through augmented reality and virtual reality – is furthering future multisensory and multimodal experiences.

4. Safety and Security

Advancements in supplier and consumer awareness regarding sensitive data and corruption is leading to the increased importance of the security and management of such. Safety, transparency, and traceability are key elements to support these digital ethics and privacy needs.

This security refers to a range of attitudes, actions, technologies, and practices designed to address regulatory requirements, preserve an ethical approach to use of artificial intelligence (AI) and other advanced technologies, and repair the growing lack of trust in companies.

5. Furthering the Cloud

In 2020, we expect so start seeing the implementation of a distributed cloud. A distributed cloud is the distribution of public cloud services to different locations while an originating public cloud provider assumes responsibility for the operation, governance, updates, and evolution of all cloud-based services. This represents a significant shift from the centralized model of most public cloud services and will lead to a new era in cloud computing.

6. Autonomous Vehicles

You’ve already seen the headlines. Every major automobile manufacturer is either investing in or already testing self-driving technology. One of the first applications of autonomous driving will be in the haulage and logistics industry where vehicles will transport goods via highways and major roadways.

We can expect that autonomous technology will also alter our personal car models, as well. Many experts believe that autonomous vehicles will eventually make it no longer necessary for every individual to own a car, as ridesharing and self-driving taxis might evolve how we make daily commutes.

7. Language Processing

The ability for machines to “read” language like a human, translate it, and act has already advanced to the point that it’s helping with everyday tasks. We believe that, moving forward, this trend will bleed more into the professional world.

Conversational interfaces can break down communication barriers between companies and their customers, partners, and employees. This might make it easier to overcome language barriers and do business with others from around the globe while at the same time creating efficiencies.

Ready or not, the future of tech is fast-approaching (and always will be). Luckily, the team at ITS is dedicated to making organizations more profitable and productive by integrating the latest voice, video, and data solutions. If you’re ready to tackle tech like its 2020, reach out to ITS to learn more.

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