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Top Information and Communication Technologies, 2017

Top Information and Communication Technologies, 2017

The proliferation of digital technologies has remained substantial over the past two decades. With ‘intelligence’ being seen as the next evolution post digitization, disruptive technology innovations in the ICT space are being developed around the world and have deeply permeated various applications and markets.

The research service delves deeper into information and communication technologies from various technology and market attractiveness metrics such as innovation landscape, patent, funding, market potential, applications impact, regional adoption and disruptive potential. Technologies covered in this report include: Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, 5G, Cyber Security, Mixed Reality, Natural Language Interaction, Small Data, Hyper-Converged Systems, XaaS (Everything-as-a-Service) and Robotics Process Automation.


  • Executive Summary
    • TechVision - Top 50 Technologies for 2017 – Selection Methodology
    • Top 10 Technologies In ICT Based On Innovation Index
    • Key Technology Trends in ICT
    • Key Findings for 2017 Top Information and Communication Technologies
  • Artificial Intelligence
    • Developing Human-like Cognition for Machines
    • Asia Will Replace the US to Become the Region with the Highest Adoption of AI by 2021
    • Steep Increase in Patents in 2016 Clearly Reflects High R&D and Innovations Globally as China Competes with the US for the Top Spot
    • ICT and Healthcare Are the Earliest Adopters but the Biggest Market in the Future will be Robotics and Automotive
    • Advancements in Deep Learning Giving Rise to Innovative Ideas as Startups Compete Closely with Veterans
    • Artificial Intelligence-as-a-Service (AIaaS) Will Dramatically Widen Application Scope in the Coming Years
  • Hyper-Converged Systems
    • Significant Cost Savings and Faster ROI Drive HCS Adoption
    • Promising Growth Opportunities Noted in the European Region
    • Increasing Focus on Mid-market Presence to Drive Market Penetration
    • Banking and Manufacturing Are the Highest Adopters of HCS
    • Incumbent System Vendors Continue To Dominate HCS Market
    • Demand for Flexible IT Infrastructure to Drive HCS Adoption in the Future
  • Mixed Reality
    • Advancements In Communication, Content Creation, and Graphics Technology are Paving the Way
    • North America Will Experience First-mover Advantage And Grab A Major Part of Revenue
    • United States And China Rapidly Progressing Towards Commercialization
    • Consumer Electronics and Training Simulation Will Be among the Early Adopters, Improving User Interface Is the Key Purpose
    • Companies Are Emerging Across The Value Chain With Diversified Products
    • Convergence With 5G Will Enable Seamless Experience In the Future
  • 5G
    • The Driving Force for the Connected World
    • Asia and North America Are Expected To Be Early Adopters and Gain Firstmover Advantage in Terms of Revenue
    • APAC Is Significantly ahead of the Race in Terms of Patents and Funding for 5G Technology Development
    • Telecom and Automotive Will Initially Be the Key Revenue Generating Markets for 5G
    • Companies Are Rapidly Moving toward Commercialization
    • 5G Will Enable Easy Upgradation to 6G
  • Small Data
    • Internet of Things Increasing Demand for Small Data Analysis
    • Increasing Amount of Sensor and Social Data Is Facilitating Adoption in Retail, Government, and Manufacturing
    • China Is Providing the Gateway to the APAC Market for Developers
    • BFS and Retail Are among the Early Adopters, but Government and Manufacturing Will Soon Experience the Benefits
    • Companies Trying to Capture Minute Details to Facilitate Analytics Efficiently
    • Advent of IoT and Autonomous Vehicles to Accelerate Adoption
  • Blockchain
    • Blockchain can be Applied in Cryptocurrency, Smart Contracts, Asset Allocation, and Integrated Services
    • Major Wave of Adoption Noted in the Middle East Region
    • Venture Capital-led Funding Drives Investments in Blockchain
    • Finance and Retail are Among the Early Adopters Followed by Healthcare
    • Blockchain Helps to Track Supply Chain and in Identity Management
    • Blockchain Would Streamline Business Processes by Providing Traceability and Transparency in Transactions
  • Everything-as-a-Service (XaaS)
    • Asia will see Highest Adoption of XaaS to Make it a $490 Billion Market by 2021
    • Multi-billion Dollar Funding is Triggering Development of Innovative Application Models
    • XaaS Offers Digitization Capabilities to Wider Markets by Bringing Down IT Infrastructural Costs
  • Natural Language Interaction
    • Adoption of Big Data Analytics is Driving Natural Language Interaction
    • Presence of Technology Leaders and AI-based Start-ups Driving Adoption in North America
    • Key Investments Have Been Made in the Areas of Healthcare Followed by Automotive and Retail
    • Virtual Agents can Handle Complex Query Using NLI
    • NLI Helps Increase Productivity in Areas of Customer Relationship Management
    • Growth of E-commerce Companies Will Embrace NLI Application Such as Sentiment Analysis
  • Robotics Process Automation
    • Advancements in Banking and Information Technology Sector Are Driving Adoption in North America
    • RPA Development Tools Have Matured Quietly Over the Years
    • Convergence with Cloud Computing Will Help in Delivering Infrastructure and Shared Services
  • Cyber Security
    • Israel is Closely Competing with North America in Terms of Adoption and Export of Cyber Security Products
    • United States and China Lead Patenting Activities in Cyber Security
    • New Generation of Security Solutions are Fast Emerging

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