New IT Trends for 2018!

New IT Trends for 2018!

Not only is it a New Year, but there are new IT trends for 2018!

In 2018, according to Quantum Run, a number of technology breakthroughs and IT trends are happening around the world, for example:

  • There will be one Wi-Fi hotspot for every 20 people. 1
  • In China, 10Gbps Wi-Fi is available at 5GHz frequency bands. 1
  • HP's latest computer invention, The Machine, is available for purchase. It is 6 times more powerful than current servers. 1
  • James Webb Space Telescope is launched into orbit to discover liquid water on other planets. 1
  • First 3D printed car is created. 1
  • Kenya/Uganda/Rwanda's "Mombasa-Kigali railway project" is fully built. 1
  • Abu Dhabi's "Saadiyat Island" is fully built. 1
  • South Korea's "Songdo IBD" is fully built. 1
  • Abu Dhabi's "Yas Island" is fully built. 1
  • World sales of electric vehicles reaches 5,200,000. 1
  • Predicted global mobile web traffic equals 10.5 exabytes. 1
  • Global Internet traffic grows to 132 exabytes. 1

Additionally, Gartner makes some interesting predictions on IT trends.

  • “Consumers Favor Visual and Voice Search.”

By 2021, early adopter brands "will redesign their websites to support visual and voice search. This will increase digital commerce revenue by 30%.”

Users love to talk to machines. They love searching, immersing themselves into video, and interacting with a graphic interface. But, It’s really not the preference that’s important. It’s the state of the technology. So we will wait for 2021.

  • “Digital Giants (Will) Self-Disrupt,” and “by 2020, 5 out of the top 7 digital giants will willfully self-disrupt to create their next leadership opportunity.” 

    It will be interesting to see what Amazon, Google, Apple, and Facebook come up with next!


  • By the year 2020, the banking industry will derive $1B of business value from the use of blockchain-based cryptocurrencies,”

    which, Gartner believes, is a “the tacit endorsement of cryptocurrency as a legitimate option by the banking industry”.


  • By 2022, the majority of individuals in mature economies will consume more false information than true information.”

Seems like we have a lot of it now—by 2022, we won’t know what to believe, and there might not be an app for that!

  • “Counterfeit Reality Overtakes Reality,” and “by 2020, AI-driven creation of ‘counterfeit reality,’ or fake content, will outpace AI’s ability to detect it, cementing digital distrust.” 


  • By 2021, more than 50% of enterprises will spend more per year on bots and chatbot creation than traditional mobile app development.”


  • By 2021, 40% of IT staff will be ‘versatilists’ holding multiple roles. Most of which will be business rather than technology-related.”


  • “AI Creates More Jobs Than It Takes,” and “in 2020, AI will become a positive net job motivator.  It will create 2.3M jobs while only eliminating 1.8M jobs.” 

Interesting prediction, but seems hard to quantify at this point.

  • “IOT in Everything.”

According to Gartner, “by 2020, IoT technology will be in 95% of electronics for new product designs.”

  • “Assume IoT Security Vulnerabilities”  because “through 2022, half of all security budgets for IoT will go to fault remediation, recalls and safety failures rather than protection.”

Some interesting takeaways--

-AI is making progress                                                                                                        -IoT is becoming more popular                                                                                             -Cryptocurrency and blockchain are real                                                                         - -There is a lot of fake digital content                                                                             -Large companies will continue to invest in innovation

No one should make business decisions based on predictions. These can easily be wrong. So, annual predictions do not necessarily require action. Sometimes it’s interesting to measure your business against growing trends.

They call that"staying on top of IT"!

Happy New Year!