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Gartner's Top Strategic Technology Trends for 2019


In case you missed the report, Gartner has identified the top strategic technology trends for this year. 

The consulting services provider regularly provides professionals and leaders in the industry with valuable data and research to aid in decision-making.

Data is, after all, a valuable commodity in today's technological landscape, and businesses can definitely benefit from insight into the issues that matter the most. Gartner's reports on trends are a useful resource to consider when building successful organizations and making crucial business decisions.

Whether you're a technology enthusiast, business owner, or software developer, below are some of the trends you should be on the lookout for in 2019.


Blockchain has been all the rage in recent years. With Bitcoin and Ethereum, so many cryptocurrencies have entered the market, and users have their fair share of options. While it's relatively still in its infancy stage, the technology has a lot of potential for growth, and the trend doesn't show signs of slowing down this year.

AI-driven development

There was a time when people and businesses were bent on creating apps for anything under the sun. Now the trend in software development is artificial intelligence. Machine learning can be a game-changer for software in so many ways. In fact, Google CEO Sundar Pichai even once said that it's more important than fire or electricity.

Autonomous devices

AI is revolutionizing hardware as well. There are drones, self-driving cars, and robots being developed and released, and 2019 will likely see more of these AI-driven devices. It fits right into the trend of technology automating functions that were previously done by humans.

Digital ethics and privacy

Although they're a little late to the party, digital ethics and privacy have finally headlined conversations in recent years. With the abundance of personal data available on the web these days, it's not surprising that many discussions about online privacy have cropped up.

"People are increasingly concerned about how their personal information is being used by organizations in both the public and private sector," the report says.

As an increasingly valuable commodity, people should take the necessary measures to protect their personal data online. Some are even investing in virtual private networks to feel safer. Check out this Express VPN review to get an idea of how VPNs can help with securing privacy online.

Immersive experiences

Then there's augmented reality, virtual reality, and the combination of both, mixed reality. These are more examples of how technology is constantly changing the spaces around us, and 2019 will likely see more developments in these areas.

Smart spaces

You've likely noticed an increasing number of smart things as well: smart devices, smart homes, smart workplaces, and even smart cities. The connectivity capabilities of normal, everyday objects is a trend that we'll probably see more of this year.

And it doesn't stop there. Other trends that Gartner identified are quantum computing, digital twins, empowered edge, and augmented analytics.

For additional details and insights, see Gartner's full report, "Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2019", which is available on their website.


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Published Thursday, March 14, 2019 7:42 AM by David Marshall
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