The leading drivers of the technology landscape will be machine learning, artificial intelligence and blockchain for 2018; feels IT experts.The underlying technology behind these technological fields is going to be cyber security, which will also hold promise.
These ideas have been documented in a report called Dimension Data, produced by an arm of NTT Group, capturing the technology trends that could be driving the IT landscape in 2018.
“There has been an increase in adoption of blockchain, especially within the Indian BSFI sector. It is currently being used for fund transfers, digital identity and payments infrastructure. One of the main reasons for that is the security that blockchain brings with it,” said KN Murali, Head – Solutions, Dimension Data.
“In 2018, we will see the ‘zero-trust’ security model re-emerging, which means, enterprise systems will vigorously authenticate whether users are indeed entitled to access to specific sets of data, before making them available,” he said.
The key aspect of the cyber security will be held by blockchain which can turn out to be the implementer of the ‘zero-trust’ policy. The automation is another important area where the automated services are managed from the cloud in a hybrid IT environment. “They do not want to worry about where their technology sits — they just want to consume it the way they want to, in a fully automated way,” Murali said.
The artificial intelligence, blockchain, robotics, machine learning, and virtual and augmented reality, have the potential of delivering reshape digital business and deliver disruptive outcomes in 2018, the Dimension Data report said.
“I believe blockchain has the potential to totally re-engineer cyber security, but the industry has yet to come to terms with it,” said Ettienne Reinecke, Group Chief Technology Officer, Dimension Data.
The applications of IoT and blockchain evoking interest to the technology world in 2018 will be in the area of cyber security. The Internet of Things endpoints have launched several attacks in the recent times with little incentives left to the manufacturers of these devices in incurring the cost of security stack. These are vulnerable aspects for them.
The cyber security solutions, digital workspaces, hybrid cloud, and digital infrastructure have a turnover of $7.5 billion in 2016 offered by the Dimensional Data.