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Looking ahead : Technology trends driving business innovation.

NTT DATA Technology Foresight

Information Technology is driving both business and society, creating new markets and transforming existing business models. In order to accommodate these changes and make the most appropriate business decisions, it is vital to identify future changes and opportunities now. To accomplish this, NTT DATA continuously researches leading technologies and social trends that will impact us within the next three to ten years. We have been releasing information derived from this research each year for the benefit of our company and clients.

NTT DATA Technology Foresight 2017

NTT DATA Technology Foresight 2017 has compiled
8 technology trends.

First, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is identified as a central technology that has become increasingly important. Three topics related to AI are covered within the research: conversational computing, robotics, and precision life sciences. Second, synthetic reality, a technology that is transforming the interface between humans and systems, is discussed. Third, the advancement of IT infrastructures and cybersecurity are included as important trends. Lastly, experience design innovation has also been added as a technology trend.

NTT DATA Technology Foresight 2017 has compiled
4 information society trends.

The digital world has become a material part of our daily lives.We are heading toward a society in which increased value will be provided via the Internet. In addition to the growing influence of individuals, open participative collaborations are revolutionizing workplaces and societies. As Information Technology (IT) advances, restrictions in the current society will be overcome and the structure of society will be transformed.

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Information Society Trend 01
Power of the Individual

The growing influence of individuals and startup businesses are transforming established systems in societies and industries. This is encouraging businesses to restructure, increasing choices for consumers, and enabling society to become more flexible.

Information Society Trend 02
Decentralized Collaboration

Dynamic, digital ecosystems will emerge in which constituents will interact collaboratively over decentralized networks. This open exchange of information and resources will revolutionize both workplaces and societies.

Information Society Trend 03
Ever-Evolving Things

Data analytics will fuel innovation. Products will become ever-evolving things, continuously improving functionality and performance. This will boost customer value and promote the transformation of business models.

Information Society Trend 04
Physical Digital Convergence

The physical-digital convergence will broaden in scope increasing the flexible and effective use of technology. This will create new value as limitations in time, space, and ability are removed.

Technology Trend 01
Pervasive Artificial Intelligence

Widely accessible advanced machine learning will result in expanded use of AI (Artificial Intelligence). AI will improve convenience, resolve intellectual labor shortages, and drastically advance science. Mastery of AI will become a critical component of competitiveness.

Technology Trend 02
Conversational Computing

The advancement of voice recognition technology with enhanced context/emotion interpretation will make natural and seamless people-to-technology interactions available. Such intelligently interactive systems will change human behaviors, societal interactions, and decision making.

Technology Trend 03
Environment-Aware Robotics

Advancements in perception technology for images and voice is enabling robots to acquire enhanced environmental awareness, providing opportunities to exploit its use within products such as self-driving cars and drones. These higher level operational capabilities will transform the industrial structure.

Technology Trend 04
Precision Life Science

DNA Analysis, biosensors, and EHR continuously generate data related to individuals, accelerating the field of data-driven life sciences and enabling root cause analysis of genetics, personal habits, and environmental factors to aid in the treatment and preventive care of individuals.

Technology Trend 05
Synthetic Reality

With the rapid evolution and diffusion of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) devices, the digital and real worlds are being further integrated and expanded. Human perception will become synthesized within new 3D spaces, allowing the sharing of knowledge and distributed experiences.

Technology Trend 06
Security for the IoT Era

IoT devices have enhanced value by collecting more detailed and broader information, but have increased the risks from data breaches and large scale cyberattacks. While value associated with utilization is realized, it is now necessary to change the way we treat and protect data.

Technology Trend 07
Heterogeneity in IT Infrastructures

To supply the massive computing performance required for AI and IoT, new infrastructure is needed for both general use and specific purposes. Cloud services will rapidly enable such future flexible infrastructure.

Technology Trend 08
Experience Design Innovation

Development of the API economy and UX design are simplifying the creation and continuous evolution of innovative services. Propagation of IoT will drastically change interactions between human and systems resulting in more natural and freer user experiences.