Journey 2020

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Navigate through Journey 2020 by clicking on the four sources of digital disruption and explore 19 emerging and evolving research topic areas that we expect to play a major role in business in the Digital Shockwaves context.

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Business Models

Business Model disruptions are arising through new sources of business value and partnership, driven by data and connectivity. Discover how companies are taking advantage of digital technologies to find new markets, business models and revenue streams.

Evolving Challenges

Evolving Challenges are those areas which present familiar challenges, but need to be addressed differently as a result of emerging new influences.

Ways of working

Ways of Working are being disrupted through changes in business processes and the evolution of the very nature of work. We look ahead at how people will collaborate with people, machines and virtual beings in entirely new ways.

Disruptive technologies

Disruptive Technologies explores how certain technologies may create notable societal and economic disruptions.

Disruptive technologies

Mastering the technologies of disruption

How certain specific technologies may create notable societal and economic disruptions, forcing us to rethink the way we see the future of our business.

Our vision

The collective computing capacity in the hands and pockets of people is surpassing that in centralized data centers. These powerful computational shifts are the “Techtonics” that are going to create and amplify the Digital Shockwaves in Business.

The developments that bring revolutionary changes to the “art of the possible” not just evolution.

Interview with Frederik Kerling

@QuKerling - Member of the Atos Scientific Community

With 50 billion connected objects expected by 2020, the Internet of Things and Future Networks will lead to incredible disruption.

We will see the rise of a Computing Continuum from increasingly connected computing capabilities in the cloud and at the edge.

The increasing levels of compute capacity and connectivity in mobile devices and the IoT will enable what we call Swarm Computing – connected objects that are able to self-organize and configure according to changing needs.

New Computing Memory architectures will significantly increase computational performance whilst reducing energy requirements.

Containerization of applications or platforms will be a means of transforming the way that compute workloads are deployed, managed and secured.

Additive Manufacturing will significantly disrupt the entire manufacturing production chains.

Businesses should start preparing for the Quantum Computing disruption now, by implementing strategies for Quantum-Safe Cryptography.

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Emerging & evolving technologies

Connected Everything, Swarm and Artificial Intelligence are disrupting the way we understand and conduct business.

Internet of Things

& future networks

By 2020 there will be 25 Billion objects connected to the Internet, ranging from smart watches through consumer products to industrial or medical applications.

The disparate nature of these devices and the data they generate will drive the need, not just for new kinds of networks, but also for intelligent gateways to manage the multi-directional flow of information.

Connected systems, such as vehicles and transport infrastructure, will come together to form local, transient micro clouds with swarm-like behavior. Distributed intelligence will determine how much of this data needs to be fed back to business applications, with advanced analytics helping organisations to make sense of this rapidly changing world.

And all this has to happen securely, taking into account the privacy of citizens or customers, the intellectual property of organisations and the value inherent in the data generated by these connected objects.

Find out how distributed intelligence and swarm computing will be key characteristics of the Internet of Things by 2020.

atos_aj2020_internet-of-thingsData flow exchange between Cloud, Gateway, IoT MicroCloud & Sensors

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Cloud continuum,

Swarm Computing

Cloud Computing, Internet of Things and the strategic use of data and analytics are the foundations of a new digital revolution.

The emergence of Swarm Computing will be a general trend towards specialization and decentralization which will impact the cloud and computing market as a whole.

The business opportunities are massive – as is the potential economic impact on our society.

Public cloud computing has become mainstream today and estimates of future adoption continue to grow.

The Cloud market is evolving to a Hybrid model which aims to optimize costs and avoid vendor lock-in. At the same time the number of connected devices is growing from the current 20 billion to at least 100 billion in the most conservative forecast.

Cloud Computing is evolving; bridging together several domains and moving towards a computing continuum that is a key enabler for what we have termed Swarm Computing. Swarm Computing combines network and cloud capabilities in order to create on-demand, autonomic and decentralized computing.




For most of Information Technology’s history computing services have been constrained by the availability of hardware, software and people.

With combined Computing Memory technology, the von Neumann architecture principles established in the 1940’s are blown away.

Tomorrow’s Information Technology services will compete on their ability to minimize energy use. A complete change in the cost function of IT requires a new form of IT.

A new era of computing is emerging that will combine compute operations previously performed in the CPU directly with addressable memory in a single device. We call this Computing Memory.

We see Computing Memory taking us even further and towards Neuromorphic Computing platforms; a radically different computing architecture that physically mimics the neurons and synapses present in the human nervous system. Neuromorphic computing has applications in visual processing, auditory processors, object recognition and autonomous robots.

Computing Memory will revolutionize the way computational problems can be addressed, enabling new algorithms and approaches to be taken.

Cloud &


Containerization is a form of virtualization that is able to create lightweight partitions inside the same operating system instance.


Though the Containerization concept was initially introduced in 1979, it has recently regained momentum on new platforms. It can enhance the management of applications in today’s ubiquitous cloud environments.

Driven by a burgeoning ecosystem in which Docker is playing a significant role, Containers can be expected to gain a foothold in, and ultimately become a fundamental part of, enterprise cloud strategy by 2020.

Containerization in the Cloud will increase application portability, efficiency and agility across multiple environments/clouds with seamless Operations Management. In other words, applications are deployed and managed in exactly the same way, regardless of the platform.

Containers running within a single operating system are more efficient and this will underpin the future of the cloud infrastructure industry, based on virtual machines.

Cloud & Containerization delivers higher speed, improved security at lower costs for IT operations.



Additive Manufacturing is the process of creating a 3D model solid object from a digital model, usually layer upon layer – a radically different approach to (traditional) subtractive manufacturing methodologies.

Additive Manufacturing could disrupt the complete manufacturing value chain, allowing a shift from mass production to full customization.

Additive Manufacturing offers the ability to produce complex and personalized products at lower development costs, shorter lead times while generating less material waste. You can produce completely functional parts, lighter and customized, adapted to the specific applications.

In addition, Additive Manufacturing is based on digital 3D models which need no storage, so it can disrupt the complete manufacturing value chain; thus enabling new business models and new products, superior to conventionally manufactured ones.

The full industrialization of Additive Manufacturing is just a few years ahead. The market is growing at double digit figures each year.

Now is the right time to think about the new possibilities this technology will bring, and take the necessary actions in order to prepare your business. Additive Manufacturing will likely be mainstream by 2020!

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Quantum safe


Anticipating the fact that soon most encryption technologies may be ineffective against quantum-technology-based attacks.

Quantum computing forms an unprecedented threat to one of these traditional strongest links in cybersecurity: asymmetric encryption.

The Cloud and the Internet of Things are booming developments that use public encryption technologies to protect data, algorithms and systems from exposure. This protection is however destined to be toppled by some algorithms that run on quantum computers.

The principle of computational hardness used in conventional encryption approaches does not apply in the same way to quantum computing. Publicly sent and possibly intercepted encryption keys that rely solely on computation difficulty are of questionable security.

Read more to find out how to safeguard all data which is currently protected by classical encryption standards. Understanding and adopting quantum computing and cryptography can successfully prepare an organization for the cybersecurity threats of the future.

Considering that the first quantum computers will be commercially available between 2020 and 2025, and security standard changes being time consuming, this makes for a precarious ‘critical period’!