NTT DATA Technology Foresight is a study of the near future and technology trends which NTT DATA publishes annually.

Based on current social and business issues, a broad range of research and interviews with industry experts, we obtain insights into the near future in terms of information society and technology trends which are likely to make a significant impact on our customers’ mid to long term business.

At NTT DATA, this report is used in determining management strategy, planning R&D and developing new business models.

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Figure. Derivation process of Technology Foresight

NTT DATA Technology Foresight 2013

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Information Society Trends in NTT DATA Technology Foresight 2013

1.Source of competitiveness will shift towards application of knowledge and information

Discovering wisdom and making sense of vast amount of information became highly valuable. Aggregation of knowledge and advancement of data analytics will become very important.

2.Shift in focus from mass appeal to individual

As society and organizations shifting its focus to individuals, it is necessary to provide tailored services that take into account the diversity of values and customs of individuals.

3.Increasing demand for real-time response to ever-changing environment and needs

With advances in sensor technology and interests in energy issues, the provision of social infrastructure that can immediately respond to the changing needs of the environment will become vital.

4.IT becoming more accessible and user-friendly, which anyone can use

With interface technology filling the gap, it will be required to utilize IT regardless of individual literacy so that anyone can use them; making IT act as life infrastructure even if globalization and aging population issues continues to arise.

Technology trend in NTT DATA Technology Foresight 2013

There are 5 major technology trends to support the major future projections outlined above:

  1. 1Human-oriented IT that recognizes individuals

    Human-oriented IT that provides products and services tailored to individuals or promotes the changes to human motivations will become important. Technologies in personalization or behavioral psychology will be required.

    e.g. analysis of the life/work log, communication support

  2. 2Strategic data collection and analysis

    Discovering and acquiring new knowledge from wide variety of data types becoming increasingly important. Technologies that shortens the analysis cycle, technologies for comprehensive decision making and prediction will be required.

    e.g. Analysis of unstructured data, understanding the semantics of the data

  3. 3Cyber-physical computing

    Controlling social infrastructure in real time becomes essential. Technologies improving quality of decision and analysis, and fine tuning the sensing and control of those infrastructure will be desired.

    e.g. Robotics, object recognition by image

  4. 4Environment-adaptive, resilient IT infrastructure

    It is vital for businesses to be able to respond appropriately and promptly to environmental changes and disasters. Resilient IT infrastructure is needed to achieve this.

    e.g. Wide-area data distribution technologies, power saving high-speed, high-capacity storage

  5. 5Ultrahigh-speed development for prompt delivery

    It will become important to quickly deliver information systems, and technologies that automate and digitalize development enables us to develop systems in a shorter timeframe.

    e.g. system analysis, development by digital prototyping