Accenture’s six technology trends for 2014: a quick overview
Date posted: 30th Jan 2014
Business consulting firm, Accenture, released their Technology Vision 2014 report this week, outlining the six trends they believe will drive change in large enterprises this year.
You can check the full report here, but for the time-ly challenged we’ve put together a handy summary below.
More than just an “Internet of things” (although, essentially the “internet of things”, I would suggest) this is about the integration of intelligent technology into our lives that “augments the actions of individuals and automates processes.”
Amazon drones, driverless cars, smart watches – 2014 is all about technology bringing efficiency and productivity, and the continual (though sometimes disruptive, in the technological sense) refinement and improvement of processes, both for consumers and organisations.
From workforce to crowdsource
A fascinating trend towards the “borderless enterprise”, where anyone connected to the internet can form part of your workforce. It’s about collaborations through social and cloud, utilising those most skilled to perform the job you require – often more so than those actually employed within the organisation - wherever they may be located.
Data supply chain
This idea is critical to improving productivity, and revolves around the integration of data from all sources in order to maximise its use. Organisations often capture data effectively, but in separate systems which have little communication between each other.
Data needs to be able to “flow easily and usefully through the entire organisation”, allowing for far more inter-connected and comprehensive analysis and enabling better decision making.
All about recognising the potential of hardware innovations to provide massively increased computing power as required through “bigger, faster, lower-cost data centres.”
Business of applications
The move away from traditional, one-size-fits-all software models to an apps-based approach, with more specialised programmes designed to meet specific needs. Consumers in the workplace are looking for “the kinds of low-cost, accessible, and often intelligent apps they use every day on their own mobile devices.”
Another shift, and this time away from a need for the best performing systems towards a need for the least likely to fail. Downtime can result in loss of productivity and money, in the short term, but equally impact brand perception, in the long term.