The most disruptive enterprise technology trends of 2017 Information Age rounds up enterprise technology trends that will drive disruption, transform businesses and define innovation in 2017

Digital transformation

In a number of companies, digital management and strategy is now more important than information management, with some CIOs even reporting to the CDO.

The new concerns of digital transformation, such as a brand focus and coordinating relationships, rather than operations, are often very alien for some verticals.

The Internet of Things

Organisations will move from exploring ideas around what it means for them in theory to rolling out sensors across key opportunity areas to gather data from what were previously ‘dark’ assets.

The ‘things’ will generate copious amounts of data that will provide organisations with a plethora of new insights, from physical asset utilisation and optimisation to proactive maintenance.

Organisations that take IoT seriously will see customers, data and subsequent opportunities in completely new ways, and having more and more data sources available ensures all decisions are backed by fact.


In the same way that humans don’t need to think about breathing, IT won’t need to think about lower-level decisions like workload placement, sizing or configuration, so they can focus on higher-level ways to deliver business value.

Organisations will begin using autonomic, economic-based intelligence to manage multi-cloud environments, with workloads always in the best possible place to provide peak performance.

A truly hybrid cloud allows workloads to be switched seamlessly between cloud environments, whether public or private, depending on the needs of the organisation.

Machine learning

Machine learning will be a key driver of value for businesses that are able to truly embed it in their daily operations, particularly in the area of security.

There have already been impressive advancements in resource efficiency, as talented researchers have more time to tackle the most complex threats, rather than spend time on mundane tasks.

By enabling them to spend most of their time on challenging and interesting work, companies can attract the best researchers – a critical point given the shortage of skilled researchers and the costs associated with hiring them.


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