From our Head of Marketing, Tirene Doepel

As an original, big-haired, shoulder-pad-wielding Gen X-er, I had just got a handle on all things Internet when along came the Internet of Things. From screaming like a startled girl and swearing like a salty old sea dog at the Alexa in the kitchen, thinking the menopause had struck when waking up to hot sweats in a habitat fairly humming with radiator-song in the middle of the night, and coming to terms with a house that turns things on and off seemingly at random – here comes the Internet of Thinking.

I am sorely tempted to give up. Just head into the shed and stay there with a radio and a book, neither of which will talk back or turn the heating on. But… it’s interesting. So, instead, let’s just peek under the covers of this Internet of Thinking thing, and see what it’s all about.

So, apparently, immersive technology (that’s probably VR and AR to the uninitiated), artificial intelligence, robotics and the multitude of connected devices we all use, all the time, are bringing a whole new level of technological complexity and sophistication to the real world.

OK. Then, what does this mean to the average business or person? Just that our existing IT infrastructures are not designed to support all of this tech, so enabling intelligence for the next generation requires an overhaul of the infrastructures we already have – in other words, we need to upgrade out infrastructures. (I think I’m getting this now…)

With 63% of executives believing that it will be crucial to leverage customer hardware and hardware accelerators to meet the computing demands of intelligent environments, it seems a balance of cloud and edge computing along with this renewed focus on hardware, can help businesses deliver intelligence everywhere.

(FYI – Edge computing is a way of optimising cloud computing systems by performing data processing at the edge of the network, near the source of the data, and requires leveraging resources that may not be continuously connected to a network – like laptops, tablets etc.)

83% of these same executives believe that edge architecture will speed the development and maturity of many new technologies.

Who knew? Intelligence is everywhere!

On multiple stages, the next generation of intelligent solutions are moving into real-time environments. Intelligent solutions are already doing amazing things – from improving traffic flow on smart motorways, continuously analyzing a patient’s condition in real-time to disaster analysis that prevents oil field catastrophes before they start.

So, I think that our IT infrastructures need to become as dynamic, flexible and innovative as the physical environments they need to serve. –and it needs to happen now. Either that, or we could all just retire to the shed with a good book!

Learn more about this and much more besides – download the Vision 2018 forecast of technology trends for the next three years.