Now, when a year has just begun, it is a good time to ponder over the changes it brought and in quite a pagan tradition to foretell what the next year will be like.

SwissCognitiveLast year we wrote so much about the Internet of Things, that for us it feels natural to begin the year with our anticipations of the IoT developments in 2019.

Since the IoT is becoming not only a technical but also a social phenomenon, changing our perception of devices around us and the environment we live in, the top trends we selected also represent both the machine and the human worlds.

Top Technologies

1. Big Data and Artificial Intelligence

AI and Data Science always top technology ratings in every sphere as they have proven their place as the symbols of the new era.

The research firm Gartner forecasts that in 2019 we will see 14.2 billion connected things in use that would result in an immense volume of data. Data is the fuel of the IoT and, above all, the key to companies to make good decisions about products, services, employees, strategy, etc. At the same time, it is not data per se that guarantees success, but the ability to make sense of it with meaningful analytics. With the massive amount of data generated from smart devices, businesses are looking to implement technologies that can help them make sense of that data. With improved processing power that can increase machine learning productivity, digital leaders will go for machine learning and AI to make more of all of their data.

2. Connected Clouds

Many companies rely on clouds to store their data, but costs for such services can be significant, and cloud storage crunches a lot of bandwidth while accessing data. It has prompted the search for new ways of cloud infrastructure. As companies are realizing that using all public cloud, private cloud, or data center may not be the best option, they are looking for the optimal mix of them. Connected clouds are gaining momentum to meet companies’ needs — whenever they want cloud-source storage, networking, security, or app deployment. In their pursuit of seamless, secure and streamlined experience, businesses will use a mix of workloads running in public, private and hybrid environments shaping the Multicloud environment.

3. Edge Computing and Beyond

Though clouds will continue to be a hot topic in the next year, the shift from centralized and cloud to edge architectures will only intensify in the IoT space in the near future. Edge computing, where a network stores data in microcenters for processing, offers a cheaper and often more effective solution for data handling. Part of the data is stored locally next to the IoT device that makes it readily available when needed so that the traffic on the network is reduced and bandwidth costs are minimized. […]

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