Published on October 29, 2023, 9:45 pm
CIOs Must Prepare for Disruptions: Gartner Highlights Key Areas to Consider
According to Gartner, CIOs must proactively consider potential disruptions in order to avoid being caught off guard by social, behavioral, and technological changes. David Yockelson, the VP analyst at Gartner, emphasizes the importance of constantly asking “what if” questions to remain open to opportunities presented by disruptions.
Yockelson has identified seven key disruptions that technology executives should pay close attention to over the next five years. Let’s take a closer look at these areas:
1. Metaverse work experiences: The metaverse refers to the next level of interaction between virtual and physical worlds. Organizations are already leveraging metaverse technologies to enhance engagement, collaboration, and connectivity among employees. Gartner predicts that fully virtual workspaces will experience significant investment growth and transform the office experience through 2027.
2. Flying cars: Autonomous aerial vehicles or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) designed to transport passengers are known as flying cars. These AI-piloted aircraft aim to revolutionize air travel by providing a faster, safer, and more environmentally-friendly alternative for congested urban areas. While there may be regulatory challenges ahead, CIOs should assess how these vehicles could address transportation problems.
3. The Digital human economy: Digital humans have endless applications in various fields such as healthcare, customer service, HR training, virtual influencers, and even bringing the deceased “back to life.” This emerging industry provides opportunities for individuals and organizations to innovate and interact in new ways. By 2035, Gartner expects the digital human economy to become a $125-billion market.
4. Decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs): DAOs represent a novel organizational model that operates digitally on a blockchain without conventional human management. They have the potential to disrupt current norms within the technology industry by attracting highly skilled digital workers.
5. Wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging: Wireless charging is poised to revolutionize the electric vehicle industry, particularly for fleet vehicles such as buses and taxis. Dynamic charging can extend range and reduce costs for these vehicles. The residential sector will initially drive demand, but Gartner envisions private housing estates and campus sites overtaking in-home installations in the future.
6. Graphene replaces silicon: Carbon-based field-effect transistors (FETs), such as graphene, hold great potential to replace traditional silicon transistors as they reach their size limits. Graphene’s unique properties allow for higher current flow in a smaller area, enabling faster processing speeds. CIOs should explore the possibilities enabled by graphene-based technologies and identify emerging suppliers.
7. Disposable technology: Imagine if technology became as disposable as fashion items or throwaway applications. While elements of business composability already exist, there is room for CIOs to embrace flexible and disposable technology solutions.
The key takeaway from Gartner’s insights is that CIOs need to stay ahead of potential disruptions by considering these seven areas mentioned above. By doing so, organizations can remain agile, adapt to changes quickly, and seize new opportunities presented by evolving technologies and societal shifts.