Digital trends have a major impact on how we live our lives today, and below we briefly describe some of the currently most prominent digital trends which affects the entire society and business world. All of these have been going on for a long time, but it is only when a critical mass is reached in use that a course of events influences and changes, and this change is often very powerful and fast.

TOP 5 DIGITAL TRENDS RIGHT NOW (In no particular order):

  1. Everything communicates with everything

What was formerly known as Machine to Machine, and then the Internet of Things, would now be possible to describe as everything communicates with everything; Devices with central systems, automated systems with each other, domestic appliances with service technicians etc.

  1. Coherent user experience

We increasingly expect the user experience to be intuitive and responsive. The information and functionality must be coherent and seamless, regardless of the device, and whether it’s a physical or virtual environment. Above all, we expect to get what we ask for in an instant.

  1. Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Developments in AI has happened exponentially  and we now begin to see a wider impact. As the systems and networks become more intelligent and self-learning, we will, among other things, see an increased element of digital agents who will be our proactive helpers.

  1. Robotics and Industry 4.0

Connected to AI, we also see an increase in robotics. Robots have been around for a long time, especially in the industry business, but until recently it has been mostly about performing relatively simple, repetitive, tasks. As robots become self-learning their applications broaden very rapidly, and we will see robots replace humans in a number of professions, and in most industries.

Industry 4.0 is connected to the Internet of Things and makes every product in a production chain carry information about where it’s going, and how, in the factory, so its be able to organize itself. The goal is a production process with shorter adjustment and lead times, fewer errors, more flexibility and no time-consuming programming.

  1. Cloud

Another development that’s been going on for a long time, but where we have still not seen the full effect, is the increasing “cloudification” of systems and services. This means using services provided as a cloud service, that is located on an infrastructure in a public cloud. Infrastructures, platforms, applications – everything – can now be purchased as a cloud service, with complete flexibility in use, commitment etc.

Alexander Kehrer
CEO CloudRepublic AB