In 2019, we experienced some breakthroughs in the field of technology – from smartwatches capable of detecting heart attacks to custom cancer vaccines. And it seems that development will continue to shape our lives in 2020, though the growth will be lower than forecasted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this post, we’re going to see the top four technology trends in 2020 that you should keep an eye on.
1. Virtualization will be in focus
In the post COVID world, more content will be consumed on mobile devices. And to support this massive volume of data, the mobile operators would need to ramp up their network infrastructure. By opting for virtualization, they’ll be able to reduce the cost associated with ramping up of the physical infrastructure. For instance, RAN virtualization, which is already adopted by some network operators, allows for separating the network functions from the hardware. It gives scalability and results in a more flexible, cost-effective, and agile network.
It’s the application of advanced technologies like AI and ML and is geared toward automating processes that bring more impact compared to traditional automation capabilities. It requires a combination of automation tools, packaged software, and multiple machine learning to help support replicating pieces of a task where a human is involved. This trend started with RPA (robotic process automation) and we can expect to see its growth with the combination of OCR, content intelligence, process intelligence, and other innovative technologies.
3. Edge computing processing power
Edge computing is a key tech phenomenon that’s aimed at bringing AI’s computational power to smaller IoT networks. The technology came into focus when Amazon Web Services announced late last year that they’re partnering with Verizon to develop 5G cloud computing software based on it. According to the leading market researcher Forrester, investments in edge computing will be massive in 2020.
4. Distributed cloud
This technology trend seems to reshape enterprise IT to a huge extent. According to Gartner, over fifty percent of enterprise-generated data will be produced, as well as, processed outside a single centralized cloud or traditional data centers by 2022. This evolution will eventually give rise to the distributed cloud. With this, the physical location of data centers will become increasingly important. This new approach will enable businesses to manage all disparate components as one logical cloud.
While there’re concerns revolving around workforce impact triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the above technology trends seem to ensure that 2020 will be a year of innovation as businesses and people will leverage technology more than ever.