Game changing digitial business technologies for 2019

A massive 40 per cent of top technology executives rate artificial intelligence (AI) as the top-game changing technology of our times, according to a survey by Gartner research.

Gartner surveyed chief information officers (CIOs) of top performing companies and AI came out on top, followed by data and analytics, cloud and digital transformation.

With a bewildering array of fast-developing technologies it can he difficult , especially for Australia’s generally small to medium sized SME manufacturers, to focus on what to try.

With the list of top digital business concerns for SMEs is likely to be different from Gartner’s list (below), it does give pause for manufacturers already on the digitisation journey.

The big company CIOs surveyed by Gartner might think AI most important, but at the moment they are investing elsewhere.

Cybersecurity tops the list, with 88% of respondents already deploying or planning to deploy in the next 12 months. That’s followed by AI (37%), conversational platforms (31%) and edge computing (20%).

Conversational platforms encompass a range of user interfaces including automated chatbots, smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home, as well as digital assistants like Siri, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa.

Gartner said: “Regardless of which emerging technologies will best help the organisation, take a critical look at your technology portfolio. Focus on balancing spending old and new technologies to enable innovation investment.”

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