|The enterprise technologies to watch in 2017 |
It was a rebuilding year in a sense, as emerging tech for the enterprise steadily proceeded but didn't result in as many new targets to track as last year. Yet it's also abundantly clear the largest digital shifts by far are still ahead of us. Here's how 2017 is breaking down.
Enterprise IT in 2017 continues to be highly influenced by consumer technology, but for a change this year we can see a concerted push to craft business-ready versions of emerging tech in hot new categories. This is particularly the case in areas like blockchain, digital twins, marketing integration solutions, and digital transformation target platforms.
Not too many items fell off this year's enterprise tech to watch list either, as organizations continue to struggle to adopt the growing raft of relevant new technologies that have steadily arrived on the scene recently.
Consequently, the portfolio of emerging tech that must be managed continues to grow quickly, even as IT spending -- and overall tech absorption capacity -- is increasing only in the low single digits. This is an untenable proposition that's putting more and more IT organizations under stress. Most significantly, this is creating service backlogs that are pushing "edge IT" implementation and acquisition -- or systems that are not considered mission critical enterprise-wide -- out into lines of business for realization as they see fit, as well as fueling so-called shadow IT projects at the departmental level.