Forrester's top 15 emerging technologies to watch

Summary:In its new research on emerging technologies, Forrester moves beyond the "big four" - cloud, mobile, social, and data - to see how those technologies will create platforms for future disruption. Brian Hopkins blogs about the new research and takes a closer look at the tech categories you'll be thinking about in 2018 - and should be planning for now.

Sensors and remote computing technologies. These technologies enable more information collection and processing outside of data centers, extending the boundary of businesses’ digital realms:

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Process data management technologies. These emerging technologies add intelligence and adaptability to process management and enable more value from more data, more quickly and more cheaply:

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Infrastructure and application platforms. A wide range of innovations is happening at the infrastructure layer to create much more capable infrastructure and application platforms:

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Many clients I speak to admit to getting blindsided by emerging technology opportunities or failing to avoid disruptive threats. They further admit that getting caught unaware hurts. Use this list as a basis for your investigation and technology watch list.

Stay tuned for our emerging technology playbook; it will tell you how to best recognize the emerging technology capabilities that are right for you and make great decisions that help your firm navigate digital disruption.

Brian Hopkins is a principal analyst analyst at Forrester Research, where he serves Enterprise Architects. Follow him on Twitter @practicingEA

Topics: Innovation, Big Data, Cloud, Data Management, Mobility


Forrester Research analysts provides best practices and analysis of burning issues and trends impacting Information & Knowledge Management and Infrastructure & Operations professionals. J.P. Gownder, James Staten, Dave Bartoletti, TJ Keitt and others contribute to this blog.

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