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Introduction

This report forms part of Ovum’s Digital Economy in 2025 series and examines the most disruptive technologies and technology issues in the decade ahead that we can identify today.

Highlights

  • Disruption intensifies when technologies combine: Each of the technologies discussed is disruptive in its own right, but when combined the level of disruption increases exponentially. For instance, IoT requires connectivity to cloud-based analytics platforms to fully bloom.
  • Lower costs will push technologies into the mainstream: Increased availability and competition in supply will reduce costs of these new technologies, thereby creating a virtuous circle of economies of scale.
  • Security will become an increasingly important technology component: As more of the world is connected, the risk of security breaches increases

Features and Benefits

  • Evaluates the technologies deemed most disruptive by Ovum over the next decade
  • Assesses the evolution of these technologies across the business and consumer segments, in emerging and developed markets

Key questions answered

  • What will be the most disruptive technologies to 2025?
  • How will the most disruptive technologies evolve over the coming ten years?
  • How will technologies combine to accelerate disruption?

Table of contents

Summary

  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages
  • Recommendations

IoT will drive digital transformation

  • Particularly transformative when combined with other technologies
  • Industrial application growth much faster than smart living
  • Security breaches present a significant problem to enterprises
  • IoT needs standards to truly thrive
  • Smart infrastructure brings efficiencies and improved customer experience
  • Smart living to impact the way we live
  • Wearables will create new use cases

Cloud will underpin digital transformation

  • Software-as-a-service (SaaS) to replace traditional licensing
  • Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) will become a de facto requirement
  • Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) less widely used than IaaS or SaaS

Connectivity essential to the Second Digital Revolution

  • A foundation of digitalization
  • Public Internet no longer fit for purpose as more data is managed

Security risks will rise dramatically

  • Threat detection goes real-time
  • Privacy protection closely aligned to security threat
  • Protect identities to protect privacy

2015–25 will be a decade of rapidly increasing automation

  • IT automation becomes a central tenet of delivering IT
  • Business process automation a major trend
  • Cognitive automation builds on artificial intelligence developments

Artificial intelligence will make huge strides

  • Many different flavors of AI exist
  • True replication of human intelligence is still some way off
  • Artificial intelligence will make significant progress in assisting, or replacing, humans

The rise of the intelligent machines

  • Impacting productivity and efficiency
  • Combination with AI highly transformative
  • Semi-autonomous vehicles will be on the road by 2025
  • Civil drones appear following common use by the military

3D printing will revolutionize manufacturing

  • Great strides already taken

Quantum computing promises radically different approach

  • If available, quantum computing will lead to an explosion in innovation
  • Potentially hugely disruptive

Cryptocurrencies and blockchain to rise in popularity

  • Blockchain attracting a lot of attention
  • Financial respectability will help drive cryptocurrency investment

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Authors

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