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Strategic Technologies 2021: Pandemic has Changed the Trajectory of Technology

By Dick Weisinger

This year, Gartner released their annual top strategic technologies for the new year. Unlike previous years that named ten technologies, this year there are only nine.

Brian Burke, research vice president at Gartner, summarized the reasoning behind the selection for this years trends: “As organizations journey from responding to the COVID-19 crisis to driving growth, they must focus on the three main areas that form the themes of this year’s trends: people centricity, location independence and resilient delivery. What we’re talking about with the trends is how do you leverage technology to gain the organizational plasticity that you need to form and reform into whatever’s going to be required as we emerge from this pandemic?”

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
The Device Mesh AI and Advanced Machine Learning AI Foundation Autonomous Things Hyperautomation Internet of Behaviors
Ambient User Experience Intelligent Apps Intelligent Apps and Analytics Augmented Analytics Multi-experience Total Experience
3D Printing Material Intelligent Things Intelligent Things AI-Driven Development Democratization Privacy-enhanced computation
Information of Everything Virtual and Augmented Reality Digital Twin Digital Twins Human Augmentation Distributed Cloud
Advanced Machine Learning Digital Twin Cloud to the Edge Empowered Edge Transparency and traceability Anywhere Operations
Autonomous Agents and Things Blockchain and Distributed Ledgers Conversational Platforms Immersive Experience The Empowered Edge Cybersecurity Mesh
Adaptive Security Architecture Conversational Systems Immersive Experience Blockchain The Distributed Cloud Intelligent Composable Business
Advanced System Architecture Mesh App and Service Architecture Blockchain Smart Spaces Autonomous Things AI Engineering
Mesh App and Service Architecture Digital Technology Platforms Event Driven Digital Ethics and Privacy Practical Blockchain Hyperautomation
Internet of Things Platform Adaptive Security Architecture Continuous Adaptive Risk and Trust Quantum Computing AI Security
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