Several improvements were accomplished during 2018, in which these remarkable technologies were then the most critical topics to follow:
· Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
· The Internet of Things and its security.
· Edge Computing.
· Communications Choices.
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) were considered to show constant acceptance throughout 2018 when it would interweave with human intelligence to adjust solutions based on the enormous volume of data. AI is nowadays reaching a considerable number of people transforming our businesses and our society, because at the end of 2018 AI counted on a robust-design technology able to reach businesses massively, whereas being capable of collecting and analysing extent volume of data in minutes.
During 2018, technology has been developing in such a way as to become more autonomous through the use of ML, the kind of technology that, after a technician feeds the computer with millions of images, it goes through layers and layers of images and figures out the one you are trying to reach.
Along came Deep Learning, the leading-edge learning technology of AI. This technology is, by all means, disrupting our careers, life and business. Moreover, it will continue to do so in many different ways in the coming years.
IoT communication choices, regulations and security - still challenging
The Internet of Things (IoT) implementation kept a steady pace all through 2018. Its technology was better developed all through the year bringing more effective visibility to the Global Supply Chain, when used to track from large containers and boxes to individual-highly-appreciated articles as well, moving them around the world.
It could be easily attacked, representing its security high-priority. Security cannot be ignored! Companies began looking to UEM (Unified Endpoint Management) solutions as IoT started to multiply in 2018. Safeguarding those items from getting spoilt throughout shipping, avoiding the falsification of products, and enhancing delivery times, are some of the multiple advantages IoT represents for any Supply Chain, all techniques improved during 2018.
IoT technology used in vehicles, wearable gadgets, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID,) sensor, and software will advance even faster in the coming years to surpass the essential functions and networks currently in use. It is easier now to get your hands on these devices and soon, becoming a common practice in our businesses, on the road, as well as at our homes.
At the beginning of 2018, the choice of enterprises on which network connectivity to deploy were then challenging decisions to make, because at that point there were no clear planning processes to follow, nor even licensed Low-power Wide-area Network (LPWA) for cellular.
However, across 2018, organisations stayed very excited for the potential that the IoT held, such as the opportunities for businesses to become more efficient, to have greater visibility into their operations, and to use their data not just for their benefit, but for that of their customers.
In 2018, Edge Computing approach emerged, making the process able to analysing and processing the massive amount of data in real-time. It was predicted then that, once its benefits were experienced, it would be hard to go back to a Cloud-based Analytics framework. It has been successfully applied in industries such as Manufacturing, Health, Communications and Financial corporations, saving time and money.
The Edge Computing approach is more popular day after day.
Blockchain growth in 2018
In 2018, Blockchain was a crucial tech to watch, due to the enhanced security at the Supply Chain and smart contract applications it provides. 2018 was forecast to be a year of growth in understanding, skills, and its essential use on cases.
Blockchain launched a new form of the data management framework. It had a significant development during 2018 and is already applied across many industries, specifically in Finance and Logistics processes. The teaching of Blockchain to students in their careers became relevant to help further mature-workforce in your company and to the digital market.
Additional relevant topics in 2018:
- It was expected that 5G would completely be developed during 2018; hopefully, it is until this year that it will have a significant move forward.
- The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most critical change in data privacy regulation in 20 years. GDPR would create new challenges for IoT Data; controllers and processors were expected to bring more complexity to the IoT Value Chain as soon as it was implemented (25 May 218.)
- It was predicted that Intelligent Automation would become part of the framework of any organisation, and it is gaining space rapidly.
Summing up: there were remarkable improvements on the most relevant topic predictions during 2018. Day after day, they became part of every organisation which intend to outstand their competitors; the need to apply these innovative technologies in your processes could be challenging, but 2018 made enterprises to envision these challenges as opportunities. By all means, 2019 will be the time to consolidate your enterprise!
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