In 2019, we’ll see an aggressive move to common IT platforms so companies can respond to market changes faster, be more productive and make better-informed decisions. These common platforms are rich in analytics, follow the information flow of the business and are simple enough that users can constantly change the business without writing (much) code. Moreover, they bring an operational and evergreen scale to traditionally bespoke enterprise IT.
The digital core will provide enterprises with an information-rich, scalable foundation. In 2019, companies will grow by leveraging that information and scale, extending their digital capabilities into every facet of the organization — as well as into new markets and new businesses — through digital business extensions.
Something amazing happened in 2019 that may have slipped through your Twitter feed: Artificial intelligence beat a human expert at the highly complex, intuition-based game Go. The event signaled growing awareness that technology is becoming better at “people tasks” than actual people. In many cases, machines can outthink us, integrate broad information sets, find correlations and predict best possible outcomes.
“Business is cloud bound” is so last year. What’s “in” for 2019 is increasing the pace and extent of cloud adoption while making it easier for the enterprise to control it. In talking to business leaders, Hushon hears many describe an 80/20 plan for the years ahead: They expect to migrate 80% of operations to the cloud by 2020.