Predictive, Futuristic, Upcoming Trends for 2019

Jim Bradley, VP of IT, Tecomet

David Cearley, Vice President and Gartner Fellow was our Lunch Keynote at The Taste of IT and spoke about the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends. Below, please find the Gartner Top 10 Technology Trends for 2019.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a megatrend that the industry will continue to talk about for the next 20 years. So said Brian Burke, Chief of Research at Gartner, who presented the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2019 on day three of the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Cape Town.

Burke said technology is continuing to advance. It is these advancements that underpin Gartner's "Continuous Next" operating philosophy. "AI is going to underlie pretty much everything that we do in technology." Every year, Gartner puts together a list of what it considers to be the most impactful technology trends for organizations. The trends outlook is categorized into three main areas: intelligent, digital and mesh.

The intelligent category talks to how technology is becoming more insightful and increasingly aware of the context. On the digital scale, the focus is on how technology is spanning the physical and digital world where it is becoming more immersive. Mesh consists of underlying technologies that enable intelligent and digital areas.

According to Burke, the strategic trends report lists the emerging technologies that have the potential to be the most disruptive over the next five years, which organizations cannot ignore.

1. Autonomous Things

Gartner believes that by the year 2021, 10% of new vehicles will have autonomous driving capabilities, up from 1% in 2017. Major automobile manufacturers are all predicting they will reach level four autonomous driving by 2021, said Burke. "Level four autonomy basically means the car is driving itself."

2. Augmented Analytics

The prediction is that through 2020, the number of citizen data scientists will grow five times faster than the number of expert data scientists, he noted. "We are moving towards augmented analytics where AI will assist a variety of things."

3. AI-driven Development

Gartner expects that by 2022, at least 40% of new application development projects will have artificial intelligence co-developers on their teams.

4. Digital Twin

The research firm describes the digital twin as a digital representation of a physical object. By 2021, stated Burke, half of large industrial companies will use digital twins, giving 10% improvement and effectiveness. "Digital twins are going to be a big deal."

5. Empowered Edge

Storage, computing and advanced AI and analytics capabilities will expand capabilities of edge devices through 2028, reveals Gartner.

6. Immersive Experience

Number six on Gartner's strategic technology trends list is the immersive experience. Burke stated that 70% of enterprises will be experimenting with immersive technologies for consumer and enterprise use by 2022. However, only 25% will have been deployed to production.

7. Blockchain

According to Gartner, Blockchain will create $3.1 trillion in business value by 2030.

8. Privacy and Ethics

By 2021, organizations that bought compliance risk protection and are caught lacking in privacy protection will pay 100% more in compliance costs than best-practice-adhering competitors.

9. Smart Spaces

Gartner defines smart spaces as physical or digital environments populated by humans and enabled by technology, which are increasingly connected, intelligent and autonomous.

10. Quantum Computing

Burke told the audience that by 2023, Gartner predicts 20% of organizations will be budgeting for quantum computing projects compared to less than 1% today.

Additionally, we also now include the Info-Tech CIO Trend Report with a good amount of overlap.

User-Facing AI

Communication barriers between humans and machines are coming down. Businesses can leverage this emerging connection to automate basic customer service tasks, improving experiences for customers and users alike.


Increasing robotic sophistication is allowing machines to work with humans, but not replace them. Emerging opportunities to augment human performance means businesses can use technology to make the most of their human capital.

Digital Twin

The boom of IoT and Industry 4.0 has created an abundance of data. So much so that an entire system can be characterized, and the collected data used to create a real-time, living model – its digital twin. The opportunities for decentralized monitoring and predictive analytics are truly extraordinary.

Blockchain 2.0

The blockchain has outgrown bitcoin. Innovations are being developed to tailor distributed ledger technology to specific use cases outside of cryptocurrency, creating possibilities for scale, contract enforcement, and returning data ownership to the individual.

These trends then present the following Five Key Business Outcomes. All of these trends have the potential to transform not just the bottom line, but the business itself, changing its internal processes and external positioning within industry and society.

Several axes have emerged along which this transformation can take place. These axes are represented by five key business outcomes.


The ability to be lean through the replacement of aspects of human-based organizational processes and activities with technology.


The ability of the technology in the trend to integrate with the technology of customers, partners, and suppliers.


The ability for the product and/or service offering in the trend to quickly increase capacity.


The ability for the trend technology to leverage organizational outputs to make processes smarter and more efficient.


The ability of the trend to deliver a positive or negative social impact on user and customer experience.

We should all be evaluating and considering all of the above in both our Technology and Business plans. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. See you all in 2019!

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