Gartner top 10 technology trends for 2019: A comprehensive guide

Gartner’s annual release of its hotly anticipated list of the top 10 technology trends for the upcoming calendar year often serves as both impetus and reassurance for IT leaders.

Announced at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, several — but certainly not all — of the trends that made this year’s list should come as no surprise to digital-minded CIOs and IT leaders. But, as David Cearley said during his presentation, it’s not just the individual trends that CIOs have to pay attention to in 2019 — it’s the collective.

“This year in particular, we’re seeing a convergence and an overlap and interplay between a lot of these trends,” said Cearley, distinguished vice president and analyst at Gartner. “So, it’s particularly important not to look at them just as stand-alone, but to look at how they come together … to help you build what we [at Gartner] call the ‘intelligent digital mesh.'”

Gartner lingo aside, advanced intelligence, in its many forms, was at the heart of most of Gartner’s 2019 top 10 technology trends — from autonomous things and augmented analytics to AI-driven development and smart cities. Cearley broke down the top 2019 technology trends and the critical role they’ll play in disrupting industries and fostering perpetual innovation, integration and delivery.

1. Autonomous things

Gartner predicted, by 2021, 10% of new vehicles will have autonomous driving capability, compared with less than 1% in 2017.

But this trend is not all about cars. There are robots that are replacing people, and there are drones that can be controlled remotely, to name a few. The first autonomous ship also recently made a transatlantic crossing.

Cearley said we’re moving along a spectrum of autonomy — from human-assisted capabilities, to partial automation, to conditional and high automation and, finally, to full autonomy. Full autonomy is still a ways away, he said. Cearley said he sees coordination and collaboration between these different levels of automation as a key aspect of next-gen autonomous things.

As autonomous technology matures, the big issue over the next few years isn’t going to be the technology, but the legal framework to see what we can do with this technology, Cearley said.

2. Augmented analytics

Gartner predicted, through 2020, the number of citizen data scientists will grow five times faster than the number of expert data scientists.

David Cearley, distinguished vice president and analyst at GartnerDavid Cearley

“What [the enterprise is] doing is automating the data science function and putting that in the hands of mere mortals and business people to drive this forward,” Cearley said.

We’re entering the third stage of analytics capabilities, Cearley said. The first stage was IT-driven and had very static dashboards. The second stage was more business-driven and had more flexibility with products like Tableau and others that were more visual and user-defined. The third stage is machine-learning-led augmented analytics.

The future, according to Cearley, is natural-language-narrated insights and automated visualization capabilities built into intelligent systems.

3. AI-driven development

Gartner predicted, by 2020, at least 40% of new application development projects will have AI code developers on the team.

There are AI frameworks and AI infrastructures out there with AI platforms, but the key focus for CIOs going forward will be on the increasing number of cognitive services on top of that, Cearley said. This “higher level of abstraction,” delivered in large part as a cloud service, is the key battleground for the likes of Google, Amazon, Microsoft and the Chinese companies.

“This higher level of abstraction makes it easier for developers to build AI-enhanced systems without the need for a data scientists,” Cearley said. “The bad news is, with these cloud services you’ve got, there’s a lot of competition, and you’ve got to decide which direction you want to go.”

4. Digital twin

According to Gartner research, 24% of enterprises implementing IoT projects are using digital twins. That number is likely to go up to the 50% to 60% range over the next one to two years, Cearley said.

Gartner defined digital twin as a digital representation of something in the real world. The research firm said it sees the biggest use case for digital twins in maintenance and reliability, but they’re also being used in industrial equipment manufacturing and business process and asset optimization.

In the near future, Cearley and his colleagues said they see digital twins moving beyond “things” to encompass organizations, cities and even people. For digital twins of people, he gave the examples of a doctor doing a virtual surgery before the real surgery or viewing a digital twin of a real human heart to gather data about a heart condition.

5. Empowered edge

The empowered edge is essentially where the digital world meets the physical world, according to Cearley. Gartner predicted storage, computing and advanced AI and analytics capabilities will expand the capabilities of edge devices through 2028.

There’s increasingly more intelligence at the edge, with AI and cloud capabilities embedded directly into edge devices. But while that’s a good thing, it also adds complexity and ongoing management and integration challenges, because the edge now consists of many parts with different lifecycles, Cearley said.

“So, it’s a good news/bad news [situation],” he said. “We’ll see more and more capabilities, analytics and activities at the edge, but managing all of those is going to be a chore.”

A faster and more capable 5G-enabled edge will start rolling out in 2019, making for more robust connections to and from the edge, Cearley added.

6. Immersive experiences

Gartner predicted, by 2022, 70% of enterprises will be experimenting with immersive technologies for consumer and enterprise use, and 25% will have deployed to production.

Immersive experiences aren’t just about virtual reality; it’s about how we control the digital environment and how we perceive the digital environment, Cearley said. And behind all of that is a fundamental shift in user experiences, where the complexity is shifting from the human to the system.

This shift includes more voice-activated and voice-driven systems. But it’s not just voice that will create these immersive experiences — it’s the use of all the senses, Cearley said. It’s about delivering an immersive, ambient user experience in which the world around us is the computer with which we’re interacting.

“It’s the advent of a multiexperience world. But it’s a 10-year journey,” he said.

7. Blockchain

Would it be a top 10 technology trends list without mention of blockchain? Gartner predicted that blockchain is going to create $3.1 trillion in business value by 2030, but it will be a slow ramp-up getting to that point.

First, the basic definition: Gartner sees blockchain as a shared, tokenized, digitized record of assets that’s decentralized and distributed with immutable, traceable transactions and a sort of consensus mechanism, so there’s no single authority.

But blockchain is mutating: Smart contracts and similar projects are opening up blockchain to have more centralized management, some controlled access and alternative consensus mechanisms, which violates the pure notion of blockchain, Cearley said.

“What this gives us is a model that’s moving from blockchain-enabling through blockchain-testing to what I call ‘blockchain-inspired’ solutions today, which might not have a consensus mechanism,” Cearley said. “It may not be as fully distributed.”

8. Smart spaces

Cearley said smart spaces are physical or digital environments that are populated by humans and enabled by technology that’s connected, intelligent and autonomous.

Smart cities have been around for a while, but we’re starting to see them mature and evolve with help from IoT, blockchain, AI and digital twins, Cearley said.

He broke down the evolution into four phases. Phase one is isolated, not-connected systems. Phase two is connected systems, with APIs to access capabilities and integrate systems. Phase three is more coordinated systems in which applications speak with one another and there’s semi-intelligence. Phase four — which is what Cearley said he is seeing mature now — is intelligent environments that are open, connected, coordinated and intelligent ecosystems.

9. Digital ethics and privacy

Cearley said everything on the list so far has digital ethics and privacy implications. And ignoring them doesn’t pay. Gartner predicted, by 2021, organizations that are caught lacking in privacy protection will pay 100% more in compliance costs than best-practice-adhering competitors.

With billions of endpoints collecting information now — and the intelligent edge expanding that — it becomes even more critical to pay attention to privacy, compliance and the ethics around data usage.

“Ultimately, there’s only one question,” Cearley said. “It’s not, ‘Can you do it?’ But, ‘Should you do it?’ Do you have permission from your customers? Are you carrying on a dialogue with the customers? So, this is a technology trend, but there’s a lot of nontechnology stuff that’s going to be the answer to this.”

10. Quantum computing

Gartner predicted, by 2023, 20% of organizations will be budgeting for quantum computing projects, compared with less than 1% today.

This is the most controversial of the top 10 technology trends because of how far it has to go to mature and become mainstream, Cearley admitted. But Gartner has seen significant advances over the last 18 months, which is why its productivity plateau phase on Gartner’s hype cycle has been reduced from a 10-plus-year window to five to 10 years. The sheer processing power alone has the potential to disrupt nearly every industry, Cearley said.

But it won’t involve a hardware purchase. If CIOs in the audience want to start experimenting with quantum computing, Cearley said they shouldn’t do it on their own.

“I’m not so sure you’ll ever buy your own quantum computer,” he said. “The quantum-as-a-service model, I think, is going to dominate for the foreseeable future.”

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Welcome to Mixer Season 2 – Windows Experience Blog

Our friends at Mixer have announced Mixer Season 2, the next major evolution of Microsoft’s interactive livestreaming platform. At its core, Mixer is a place where community comes first, so Season 2 covers new investments in innovation that ensure the community has a more active and engaging experience. Building upon what the team has learned since Mixer first launched, Season 2 gives viewers more fun ways to express themselves, supports creators with new monetization opportunities and strengthens streamer communities.
Head over to the Mixer blog to learn more about the team’s new investments in innovation with Season 2, and be sure to head over to Mixer to check out the Season 2 digital launch celebration.

Welcome to Season 2 – From the Myxer

As the leaves change colors in this part of the world, it marks the beginning of a new season. And today on Mixer, you’ll also be seeing some fun new colors (and a bit more).

The entire team has been hard at work over the past few months, listening to your feedback and also trying out some new ideas of our own. All with the goal of taking livestreaming to the next level. Everything we do, from our investments in sub-second latency with FTL, to the introduction of MixPlay games, co-streaming and HypeZone….it’s always centered around building the most engaging and interactive livestreaming experience for you. Because we believe that livestreaming shouldn’t just be a one-way, static video experience. It should feel more like hanging out with friends playing games on a Saturday night, than watching a recording of someone millions of miles away who can’t hear you. It should be immersive and interactive, not shallow and passive.

Today, we embark upon the next major evolution of Mixer…. a journey we’re calling “Season 2.” We’re specifically calling it a Season because it’s not just a one-day thing. Season 2 reflects the living, breathing nature of Mixer with new experiences and new things to try all the time. As part of Season 2, we’re continuing to grow and refine our existing experiences with new video capabilities for streaming and viewing. And then we’re also investing in three big new areas: expression, supporting creators through new monetization opportunities, and strengthening streamer communities. Excited? Us too! Let’s take a deeper look at what’s coming today and on the horizon for Season 2:

The first and most visible change you’ll notice are new forms of expression. There are now way more ways to participate in your favorite stream than just typing a message into chat. From sending Stickers and GIFs, launching celebratory Effects like fireworks and confetti, or rallying the community to keep digital beach balls bouncing, Skills provide completely new ways to express yourself while watching a stream. Want to tell a streamer they’re awesome with a GIF? Now you can. And better yet, every time you use a Skill on a partner’s channel, it supports that partner financially. Skills also update frequently, so there’s always something new to use, unlock and collect, helping you stand out and express your unique point of view.

One of the most rewarding feelings in any community is supporting a streamer. But, we know that not everyone who wants to contribute can always afford to do so. Now, you can support your favorite streamer without breaking the bank by using Sparks. Earn Sparks just by watching streams, spend them on Skills and help partnered streamers reach milestones that give them real money payouts.

Celebrate and show support with Mixer Embers, a new virtual currency that you can buy and use on high-value Skills. Embers will be a paid currency that goes a step further than Sparks and provides your favorite streamers with direct financial rewards and bigger celebrations.

On other platforms there are really only two forms of status in a streamer’s channel: you’re either a subscriber, or you’re not. But, we all know that this isn’t really a complete picture of someone’s loyalty and value to a streamer’s community. Your status in a community should represent more than just your financial contributions. The Mixer progression system will reward your entire engagement with a streamer’s community and on Mixer as a whole. Level up by participating in chat, using Skills, earning Applause from other users (stay tuned for more details on how Applause works), or simply coming back each day. Show your support for the community, unlock new Skills and stand out from the crowd.

In addition to those three major areas of innovation, we are also continuing to grow and invest in making Mixer a great broadcast and viewing experience with several fundamental improvements to our video capabilities:

  • We’re going to turn on automatic bitrate switching. Viewers have varying bandwidth at home or on mobile, and this feature will allow us to provide a more graceful viewing experience as a viewer’s bandwidth fluctuates.
  • We’re also providing more options for creators to use FTL streaming on a broader array of streaming software and devices by adding support for ingesting via the RTMP standard.
  • Lastly, we’re adding a feature on Mixer to allow viewers to easily report any video-specific issues they see. We’ve seen so much passion from viewers around giving us suggestions to improve, and this will help us troubleshoot specific problems encountered in playing back video.

Today, you can dive into Skills and Sparks Patronage on Mixer. And then in the coming weeks and months, you’ll continue to see new updates, including the addition of Mixer Embers and Progression. We’ll introduce new features and Skills and refine the existing ones based on community feedback, so please share your thoughts with us. Let us know what you love and don’t love. You can check out the FAQ for more info. And stay tuned here on the blog and @WatchMixer on Twitter for future updates.

But right now, head over to Mixer to celebrate the first day of Season 2 with us, launch your first Skill and check out our digital launch celebration. It may be a bit crazy this first week of the Season – we hope so!

NetApp HCI aimed at hybrid clouds

NetApp wants to redefine HCI, at least as it applies to the NetApp HCI product.

“When people talk about HCI, they refer to hyper-converged infrastructure,” said Brad Anderson, NetApp’s general manager of cloud infrastructure. “It’s commodity hardware, software-defined, scale up, virtualized data center, simplified deployment and management. We do that. But when we talk about HCI, I want you to hear hybrid cloud infrastructure. You consume it like a cloud with the same services as a cloud and seamless integration to the largest public clouds. We deliver a hybrid, multi-cloud experience.”

Other executives at NetApp Insight last week also referred to HCI as hybrid cloud infrastructure. They painted NetApp HCI as the private cloud pillar in NetApp’s cloud-connected flash strategy. It is a private cloud building block with public cloud integration. NetApp HCI uses the SolidFire all-flash platform and Element operating system along with an unidentified partner’s compute nodes. Integrated networking is on the roadmap.

NetApp HCI leading from behind?

NetApp’s positioning of HCI isn’t really much different than other competitors, such as Nutanix and VMware. They all see HCI as a way to deploy volumes, clusters and applications from a single pane of glass in an on-premises data center. The goal is to make it a similar experience as using public cloud storage.

But VMware — through partners’ infrastructure such as Dell EMC VxRail — and Nutanix have been in the market for years. Nutanix is a billion-dollar-a-year business based entirely on HCI, while NetApp is barely in the market for a year and has low single-digit market share.

NetApp hopes to gain an edge through its Data Fabric architecture that ties together cloud storage features the vendor has built up for several years.

We’ve had the advantage of listening, observing and learning like we did in flash, where our patient approach led us to No. 1 in all-flash arrays.
Brad Andersongeneral manager of cloud infrastructure, NetApp

“We’re late,” NetApp principal technologist Andy Grimes said of HCI. “But we’re good at being late.”

Grimes was referring mainly to NetApp’s flash come-from-behind story. NetApp was the last of the major storage vendors to embrace all-flash arrays, but IDC listed NetApp as the No. 1 in all-flash system market share for the second quarter of 2018.

“We’ve had the advantage of listening, observing and learning,” Anderson added about NetApp’s HCI strategy, “like we did in flash, where our patient approach led us to No. 1 in all-flash arrays.”

Flash also plays a big role in NetApp HCI because it is built on the technology NetApp acquired from all-flash pioneer SolidFire. SolidFire’s Element OS enables running multiple workloads with guaranteed quality of service across nodes. NetApp HCI does not integrate servers and storage as tightly as other HCI products. NetApp includes separate storage and compute nodes. Customers start with a minimum of four compute and two storage nodes, and can scale by adding single nodes of either storage or compute.

“We call it getting rid of the HCI tax,” said Brett Roscoe, NetApp VP of product management, pointing to a common complaint about early HCI products requiring users to scale compute and storage together.

NetApp CEO George Kurian claimed the vendor has “hundreds of customers with thousands of nodes in enterprise and service provider environments” for NetApp HCI.

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NetApp HCI is pillar of vendor’s hybrid cloud story

Containers, networking HCI roadmap

NetApp HCI was brand new and a major focus a year ago at NetApp Insight 2017 but didn’t feature prominently in product launches at Insight 2018. NetApp added a verified architecture for Red Hat OpenShift on NetApp HCI, allowing management of containers for DevOps. While that hardly stood out in a bevy of cloud launches, it is a sign of one area where NetApp HCI is headed.

Roscoe said he sees NetApp HCI becoming a major platform for containers. “Initial HCI deployments are using virtualization, but interest in containers is extremely high,” he said. “We live in a world where they want to run VMs and containers, and orchestrate them together.”

Roscoe said the NetApp HCI roadmap includes integration of an Ethernet switch by the end of 2018, and support for more hypervisors than VMware’s. NetApp is also launching Nvidia GPU options to support VDI and will be adding additional Nvidia options in the future to support additional workloads like artificial intelligenceartificial intelligence.

HCI customers in cloud, on edge

Benjamin Molloy, division lead at Consultel Cloud, said the Australian-based service provider decided to deploy NetApp HCI for its entire IT infrastructure based largely on the NetApp roadmap. Consultel Cloud uses NetApp HCI in Equinix data centers in Sydney, Melbourne, London and New York. It also offers HCI as a service based on NetApp’s technology.

Molloy said when speaking to NetApp about its HCI plans, “that roadmap stood out for us. We had two things on our wish list — multi-hypervisor and GPU support, and both of those are on the [roadmap]. We already have customers that require GPU and we are starting to get a few requests for [Microsoft] Hyper-V.”

Molloy said he evaluated NetApp and Nutanix for hyper-convergence. He said he felt NetApp HCI could be deployed faster, both initially and when upgrading. Consultel Cloud was also familiar with the underlying technology because it used SolidFire arrays even before NetApp acquired SolidFire in 2015.

“There are features we don’t have yet but are coming in six to 12 months,” Molloy said. “And we like the deployment times. We can have NetApp HCI implemented in less than a month, from contract signing to deployment.”

Part of NetApp’s HCI strategy is to use it to integrate data from edge devices. That’s how Italian motorcycle company Ducati uses NetApp HCI. Ducati, which makes racing bikes and road bikes, is running a pilot with HCI at race tracks to gather and process telemetry data. NetApp HCI travels with Ducati across the MotoGP championship series that includes 19 races in 15 countries on five continents. Ducati CTO Konstantin Kostenarov said each Ducati racing bike has more than 60 sensors and generates 20 GB of data per race.

Kostenarov said Ducati downloads racing data from NetApp HCI systems at the tracks to its Bologna, Italy, data center. The data taken from sensors on the racing bikes during test runs helps Ducati make adjustments before race day.

Kostenarov said Ducati picked NetApp HCI because of its quality of service features, the ability to scale compute and storage independently and because it is easy to deploy and manage.

“With HCI we can collect data during the race and connect our racing motorcycles on the network from the track,” he said. “This increases our competitiveness and helps speed up the performance of our motorcycles.”

Ducati also uses NetApp all-flash FAS arrays at its main data center and secondary sites, but Kostenarov said HCI gives it “flexibility, the ability to optimize space, and high performance around the world.”

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