- Use Cases
It’s that time of year again. The time when research and advisory company, Gartner, releases their top predictions on what technology trends will shape the future of IT and business for the coming year. It’s also a great time to look at past years to see how predicted disruptors have truly impacted the technology industry, and most importantly, the businesses they target.
As an indoor mapping and location platform provider, we’ve been following what we consider to be vital trends where location awareness and digital maps are a key foundational layer. Going back a few years, Gartner introduced intelligent apps and things to their Top Ten List of Strategic Technology Trends. This is also the same time that digital twining made its initial appearance on their list. While the initial impact these trends were projected to have were more conceptual and initially modest in scope, they appear to be following their projected path as disruptors in the technology sphere.
As these technologies evolve, so do their potential to impact a broader audience while addressing a more diverse array of applications. Looking at how and where these trends are being adopted, we feel obliged to call out a less talked about, yet essential bedrock - digital maps - without which, further adoption and the ability to address many exciting use cases would simply not be possible.
When looking at what Gartner refers to as autonomous things and smart spaces, we can’t help but point out the connection to location awareness. Drones, robots, connected workplaces, smart buildings - all of them have the capacity to do more when combined with digital maps. Gartner states that “all autonomous things use AI to interact more naturally with the environment.” From our experience, this needs to go one step further and recommend adding “and when combined with digital maps, have the capacity to reveal valuable location specific data, highlight trends and power a wide range of use cases.” The most successful IoT implementations are those grounded in location awareness.
The same holds true for the concept of a digital twin. As Gartner points out, this is not new, but today’s version of a digital twin is quite different - specifically, how it relates to the IoT. With a short term projection of improving asset management, the potential impact of a digital twin is limitless, especially when it is combined with a digital map at its foundation. By layering this virtual representation of assets, systems and locations on top of a map, more and more use cases become possible. Whether you are creating a smart workspace or you are looking to optimize operational efficiencies, data without the proper context is of minimal value. When aggregated and organized in a digestible manner, such as in the context of a map, data has the capacity to provide valuable insight so stakeholders can make smarter and more informed decisions.
As adoption rates increase and more and more organizations are incorporating smart technologies into their business models, we encourage you to expand the scope of of your research to explore how you can future-proof your investment - how the technology you invest in now can grow with your evolving business needs.
Learn more about Gartner's Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2019 at www.gartner.com.
Jody Shaffer is the VP of Marketing for Inpixon. Beyond her passion for marketing, Jody aspires to run a half marathon. She gets lots of practice chasing her two young daughters around the house.