Making use of the latest digital trends: Part 2

There’s not really much use in simply knowing of a digital trend if you don’t know how to use it to your and your clients’ advantage.

What do we mean by a ‘digital trend’?

It’s effectively a vison of where current technological innovations are taking us, an educated presumption that these will be the most important fields for organisations to focus on in their quest to implement improved business strategies.

Surprisingly, most companies have yet to move beyond the scaling, experimentation and piloting stages of their proposed digital initiatives.

Yet you can easily accelerate your clients’ adoption of the new processes and technologies available, giving them a definite advantage over their slower competitors.

Here in Part 1 we deal with Blockchain, Digital Twins, Augmented Analytics, AI-Driven Development, and The Immersive Insight Experience. In Part 2, we’ll discuss the advantages your clients can gain from making the most of Empowering the Edge, autonomous AI, Smart Spaces, Privacy and Ethics, and Quantum Computing.


  1. Augmented Analytics

Your data is telling you an important story; but do you know what it is yet?

A data base can be extremely complicated, leading to misinterpretation or, at the very least, missed chances. Thankfully, built-in algorithms, automated discovery and predictive, analytical models will find and disclose all the relevant insights for you.

AI analytics solutions provide an interactive experience, guiding you to hidden patterns in your data in mere minutes, uncovering connections and relationships you never knew existed, and setting them all out for you in easy-to-understand data visualisations. Its social intelligence and analytics technology will help you achieve a holistic view of consumers, your market, and competitors – all from millions of online sources.

Similarly, cognitive analytics give you an integrated solution for all your managed reporting, dashboarding, and self-service analytics needs, empowering your people to explore new ways of doing business and make better plans for confident growth.


  1. AI-Driven Development

Once you’ve applied machine learning to your most valuable data, it will increasingly become ever simpler to use, driving new levels of flexibility; for instance, it will eventually allow applications to be generated without coding.

Solutions available include complete AI software platforms and industry-specific deep learning frameworks for fast access and insights, as well the optimisation of all workloads, bringing cognitive intelligence to your enterprise.

The right processor architecture and server hardware allows you to integrate AI into your application, and store, train and manage your data in the most secure cloud.

In short, it allows you to simplify complex operations, revolutionise analytics, capture insights in real time, and outthink the competition. And the more it does for you, the more it’s learning, giving you even better results and efficiency in the future.


  1. Blockchain

Most companies lack a clear understanding of how blockchain can lead to a more frictionless business environment as, operating independently of individual applications, it can be potentially streamed across a number of organisations.

When moving freight, for instance, it’s a complex process involving different parties with different priorities, while aircraft or vehicle manufacturing benefits from the ability to track the thousands of components required.

The Internet of Things (IoT) allows devices to send data to private blockchain ledgers for inclusion in shared transactions with tamper-resistant records. These indelible blockchain transactions ensure that all parties can trust the data and take whatever action is necessary quickly and efficiently.

There are managed, cloud-hosted services designed to make it simpler to derive value from your IoT devices. Select data is managed, analysed, and customised to share among authorised clients and partners. For example, each transaction is recorded, put into a block, and added to a secure, irreversible data chain.

Similarly, blockchain platforms provide the necessary infrastructure for streamlining processes, developing, operating, and governing data enterprise solutions, and creating business efficiency throughout your ecosystem. They enable your business partners to access and supply IoT data without the need for central control and management. Each transaction can be verified to prevent disputes and ensure each partner is held accountable for their individual roles.


  1. Digital Twins

A digital twin is a virtual representation of a physical object or system across its lifecycle, using real-time data to enable understanding, learning and reasoning. It allows you to gain deep insights, for instance, across a product’s lifecycle by enabling you to virtually create, test, build and monitor its ‘twin’.

Closing the feedback loop between design and operations, it gives you the real-time insights that make it easier to shorten design cycles, find hidden issues, fix them, and get to market faster. You can predict equipment failure, prescribe remedial procedures, and optimise maintenance schedules to minimise impact on overall equipment effectiveness.

The solutions available include means to help you manage complex product and systems development, including testing for standards and compliance, such as innovative digital tools enabling you to create, test, build and monitor a product across its lifecycle.


  1. The Immersive Insight Experience

The digital and human world are becoming ever more interlaced and interactive; think of how we take for granted that world class surgeons can now bring their expertise into far away operating theatres using technologies such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), or mixed reality (MR). Moreover, the operation can take place utilising the technologies’ own capabilities, such as heat detection or changes in heart fluctuation.

We’re moving away from thinking of individual devices as people increasingly connect with the digital world through an ever-expanding number of edge devices that surround us, such as mobiles, smart appliances, environmental sensors, and even wearables like glasses, headsets and gloves, which are bringing into play all our human senses.

This multichannel, multimodal and multi-experience environment transforms the very space around us into what we presently call a ‘computer’.

For instance, the latest innovations bring data to life using augmented reality (AR), recognising the irrefutable fact that humans are biologically optimised to see the world and the patterns in it in three dimensions. In other words, the more dimensions we can visualise effectively, the higher our chances of recognising potentially interesting patterns or correlations.

Seeing data in three dimensions helps the user view, control, and understand it like never before, for it can be literally viewed from new angles and perspectives. Immersive Insights helps you explore your data and identify key patterns, relationships, and outliers in seconds, where it would normally take hours of work.


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