The recently concluded Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2022 held at Gold Coast saw discussions on many disruptions that seem futuristic and may be closer than what CIOs consider.
“Disruptions are fundamental shifts that create lasting change, and successful organizations will be those that are prepared to address them,” David Yockelson, VP analyst at Gartner said. “We need to keep asking “what if” to remain open to opportunities presented by disruptions.”
The following article discuses these seven disruptions, as highlighted by Gartner, which CIOs should consider in the next five years, to lift their organizations to the next level.
- Metaverse Work Experiences
As per Gartner, the metaverse is the next level of interaction in the virtual and physical worlds. Organizations are using metaverse technologies to create better engagement, collaboration, and connection with their employees through immersive workspaces and internal metaverse experiences. Gartner predicts that 30% of the investment growth in metaverse technologies will account for fully virtual workspaces, which will reimagine the office experience through 2027.
- Flying Cars
Flying autonomous vehicles, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), carry passengers over short distances in urban areas. These “flying cars” or passenger drones are designed to operate without a human pilot. Many companies are working on new artificial intelligence (AI) piloted aircraft to create a faster, less expensive, safer, and lower carbon way to travel by air, primarily in congested areas. The first flying taxi service is expected to launch in 2024.
Even though there might be regulatory challenges, Gartner advises CIOs should think about what problems in transportation — like moving people and cargo — can be solved using self-driving cars.
- The Digital Human Economy
There are endless possibilities for what digital humans can be used for. They can help with medical care, customer service, and HR training. They can also help us in other ways that we haven’t even thought of yet! A digital human economy is a new way for technology to bring people and organizations together to innovate and interact.
Gartner forecasts that by 2035, the digital human economy will become a $125-billion market and continue its growth.
- The “Decentralized Autonomous Organization”
Decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) are a new type of organization model in the IT services marketplace. According to Gartner, a DAO is a digital entity that runs on a blockchain and can engage in business interactions with other DAOs, digital and human agents, and corporations, without human management.
Many high-value digital workers will want to work in DAOs. DAOs are capable of being highly disruptive to many current norms of the technology industry.
- Wireless Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging
As wireless charging becomes available, it will be the best option for fleet vehicles such as buses and taxis. These vehicles can use dynamic charging to extend the range and reduce costs.
Subsequently, residential installations will become the biggest market for wireless vehicle charging, as EV owners will be able to enjoy the modest convenience of not having to plug a cable in. Gartner predicts that private housing estates and campus sites will overtake in-home installations by volume.
- Graphene Replaces Silicon
During the next 7 to 10 years, carbon-based field-effect transistors (FETs) can replace silicon in traditional transistors once they reach their minimum size limits. Graphene is a one-atom-thick material of pure carbon which is bonded together in a hexagonal honeycomb lattice. Graphene will displace current silicon devices, especially those used in wireless communications. These carbon-based FETs carry a much higher current in a small area, thereby enabling super quick processing.
Gartner advises CIOs to consider new possibilities enabled by graphene-based technologies and begin identifying emerging suppliers.
- Tech Becomes Disposable
The technology industry may start offering “throwaway” applications designed to be made, used, and disposed of quickly. The elements of business composability are already practiced widely, however, CIOs can take it to the next level and prepare for the flexibility of disposable technology.
While some of these may seem farfetched or futuristic, they’re closer than what tech leaders might think and could have a major impact on their organization if ignored. CIOs need to start planning for them now so that their organizations can stay ahead of the curve.