Mapping the future of technology
For many years now, businesses have been facing increased digitization of their activity. It was a lot about converting physical documents into digital documents; scanning, classifying and storing were the keywords.
The business digitalization: clear benefits but risky journey
Now, we find ourselves in the business digitalization era. It is a much more fundamental transformation of business models with digital processes, automations, and a reinvention of the end customer experience to become much more digital. You can hardly sell a car today without the mobile app that goes with it.
The benefits are clear. Beyond mere cost optimization, it is really the business future growth that is at stake. New customer experiences generate new revenue streams, new partnership enables new end-to-end services that were not foreseeable years ago and cannot be accomplished in isolation.
But this is complex for businesses and many challenges are adding up, making it a very tough and risky journey. In fact, they are simultaneously facing an environmental crisis, geopolitical instability, increasingly aggressive cybersecurity attacks as well as many technology disruptions: the advent of cloud computing; the emergence of multi-party platform business models ; a resurgence of resiliency and sovereignty concerns; and an increase in the complexity of regulatory requirements.
More often than not, the center of gravity of their business core competency skills is shifting to new areas that they may not have mastered. Car manufacturers aren’t exactly comfortable with becoming software engineering or data analytics powerhouses.
We have accelerated into a very technical world.
Digital dimensions now coexist with our physical world and can provide the means to perform activities that once put a strain on the planet’s resources. Rather than building physical assets, we can move these engineering activities into the digital space, where many iterations of trials (and failures) can happen before the successful result is attempted in the physical world.
The world is undoubtedly technical, and so is the solution. But in this huge forest of opportunities, the question becomes:
Which technologies will power the businesses of tomorrow?
To answer that, we must collectively understand the technological landscape that lies ahead and make choices. The Atos Tech Radar is the result of a collective effort by the Atos Expert Community.
Once per year, our experts define and analyze the latest trends, organized into eight strategic technology categories. In 2022 alone, they inventoried 243 trends, including 61 new ones for this year.
The radar is a collective intelligent asset, aimed at supporting open innovation discussions with customers or partners. Its easy-to-read, intuitive graphical view provides an excellent way to quickly understand the disruptive emerging technologies that may impact your business in the coming years.
The radar in action
The strategic technology quadrants will dive you deeper into the trends in that sector.
The more distant the trend is from the center, the later we anticipate a significant business impact.
1/ Trends analysis and much more!
Let’s first explore the "Immersive Experience" category. In the sub-area “Road to metaverse”, the trend “3D content creation, management and streaming” covers all the future technologies that will enable the fluid creation and management of 3D content — supporting use cases like digital twin, 3D viewing of smart cities and enhanced reality field service engineering.
You will learn that the integration and provisioning of 3D elements into virtual environment remains something complex today but new technologies like LIDAR and Photogrammetry are getting more and more available (like on some smartphones) and this is just the beginning.
Our analysis of the trend doesn’t stop there. When you click on it, you’ll get an in-depth description, details about the benefits, and a business use case or targeted vertical market.
You’ll also find some projects that demonstrate these trends in action, such as the Atos Playout platform which captures factory shop floor assets in 3D, enabling you to test out a factory reconfiguration by virtually moving, placing, splitting and regrouping the assets.
Let’s now explore the trend IaC – Infrastructure as code. This is an everyday growing practice in cloud transformation, particularly used in the Cloud IT environment.
Using “Infrastructure as a code” with its declarative automation approach, engineering teams will enjoy the next level of automation for the management and maintenance of their cloud-based IT infrastructure as it will be embedded directly into their development continuous deployment processes.
To learn more on how we leverage this trend, we invite you to explore our digital cloud services as we can see on the chart below.
2/ Closer to your business needs
Let’s see what trends could support the smart mobility future in the Retail Transport and Logistics or Public Sector industries. The radar helps you map the most appropriate trends, identify practical use cases to solve business challenges and engage fruitful conversation with clients.
Vertical use case : Smart Mobility
Follow the user in his move / Mobile Apps
- Foldable devices
- User preferences
Avoid unnecessary transport
- Hybrid workplace
- 3D Audio / Spatial Audio Meeting Experience
- Augmented remote work
Make transport intelligent, autonomous ( connected vehicule , autonomous , AI )
- AI & Autonomy
- Multimodal AI Models
- Digital-Twin for Autonomous things
- Connected and Autonomous Things
- AI on far Edge
- Autonomous Driving Interfaces
- Trustful AI
Communicating infrastructrue ( 5G, wireless )
- 5G Security
- Vehicles to Everything (V2X) Communications
- IoT Platform Convergence and consolidations
Insure Security in a distributed world
- Zero trust network Access
Compute capacity close to the user/object
- Edge computing
- Computing continuum
- Event Driven Architectures
- Hybrid HPC-quantum
Enable management and optimization of transports, flows, Carbon Impact ( HPC/Quantum )
- 3D & localization, context aware applications
- Spatial Intelligence
- Spatial data visualization
- Decarbo / Digital Twin for Decarbonization
So, the only limit to your business need is your imagination. If the solution is technical, rest assured that it’s not very far away — it’s waiting for you in the Atos Tech Radar.
For those who prefer listening to reading, our experts have explained some of these trends in the compelling Atos Trendsetters podcasts, available online
By Alexis Mermet-Grandfille, Atos Group CTO Strategic Technology Advisor
Posted on: December 6, 2022