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Technology Outlook for 2016

Advances in technology continue to fueling innovation at an unprecedented pace. Digitization has entered a new era. Connected enterprises are widespread. How can you get better prepared to harness emerging technologies in the new year? The following technology areas are expected to be the sweet spots for 2016: Ambient interface, Mesh architecture, Unified platforms, Social computing, Everything connected, and Deep learning (AMUSED).

  • Ambient interface: More matured wearables and NLP devices will redefine the user interactions with ambient cues and composite views. The augmented reality is ready for enterprise, and the virtual reality will mingle in the consumer products.
  • Mesh architecture: The integrated model is designed for web-scale and interoperable applications with various information sources, devices, connectivities, apps, systems, and processes. Discoverable functions are cloudified in microservices. Solutions are orchestrated across multiple endpoint devices seamlessly and securely.
  • Unified platforms: Cloud-based stacks and containerized deployment will provide scalable and robust operations environments with software-defined anything, improved DevOps capabilities, continuous integration, lean provisioning, self-healing, autonomic capabilities, etc.
  • Social computing: Social media and networking will expand further, and messaging applications will continue to drive toward more specific and targeted contents. Social impact and social analytics will be embedded in the company processes and business offerings.
  • Everything connected: IoT will continue to thrive to connect all useful things in both consumer and enterprise areas, reshaping the business models. Intelligence is modularized and API-driven in the applications and products, enabling cognitive thinking.
  • Deep learning: Converged analytics with machine learning and AI will distill more insights on user behaviors and habits. Enhanced customized and personalized UX with protected privacy will mix the virtual and physical worlds in real time.


The paradigm has shifted to Industry 4.0. The only constant is the constant change. Apply new methodologies and nurture advanced practices for intelligent digitization. Be adaptive and pragmatic for the accelerated growth in the cyber-physical ecosystem.

For more information, please contact Tony Shan (blog@tonyshan.com). ©Tony Shan. All rights reserved.

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Tony Shan works as a senior consultant, advisor at a global applications and infrastructure solutions firm helping clients realize the greatest value from their IT. Shan is a renowned thought leader and technology visionary with a number of years of field experience and guru-level expertise on cloud computing, Big Data, Hadoop, NoSQL, social, mobile, SOA, BI, technology strategy, IT roadmapping, systems design, architecture engineering, portfolio rationalization, product development, asset management, strategic planning, process standardization, and Web 2.0. He has directed the lifecycle R&D and buildout of large-scale award-winning distributed systems on diverse platforms in Fortune 100 companies and public sector like IBM, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Cisco, Honeywell, Abbott, etc.

Shan is an inventive expert with a proven track record of influential innovations such as Cloud Engineering. He has authored dozens of top-notch technical papers on next-generation technologies and over ten books that won multiple awards. He is a frequent keynote speaker and Chair/Panel/Advisor/Judge/Organizing Committee in prominent conferences/workshops, an editor/editorial advisory board member of IT research journals/books, and a founder of several user groups, forums, and centers of excellence (CoE).