The new year is here but what will 2019 bring in terms of technology trends? In truth we will see a lot more of what we have seen in 2018 – a reflection of 2018 shows us the prevalence of artificial intelligence (AI) in everything.

Almost every cloud-based application you use has some sort of AI built into it to enhance and tailor your experience. This further widens the gap between on-premise and cloud applications. We expect 2019 to provide much more of the same. Here is our top 5 trends to look out for.

  1. Low and no code is on the rise
    A trend we expect to gain ground in 2019 is the rise of no and low code platforms and capability. The global shortage of enterprise developers is only going to continue in 2019. To fill the gap, low code solutions will allow less technical workers to build anything from mobile apps to additional functionality and supplement the more technical work of enterprise developers.
    Microsoft’s Power Platform is a great example of a drag and drop solution with an easy visual editor. It lets non-techies integrate applications with hundreds of systems including all the Microsoft tools. This allows you to build custom applications, workflows and anything you can think off without using programming language.
  2. Data science without the scientist
    Like the first trend, deep data science capability is in short supply. To fill this gap many cloud platforms are now offering pre-packaged data science solutions and in 2019 we expect more progress to be made in Automated Machine Learning. This is pre-packaged data science services that focus on measuring one particular thing, such as sentiment analyse or image recognition. This allows less technical resources to do much more with data and rather than having to build data science models themselves they can simply access solutions that are already available. The main limitation of this is it only allows organisations to solve fairly straight forward data science requirements and anything more complex (or that requires bespoke feature engineering) will still require experts.
  3. Progressive web applications
    The rise and decline of mobile applications has led a step-in change in the approach to providing mobile experiences. For many organisations web applications or conventional applications form a key part of their strategy but how to deliver this has changed. Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are websites or webpages that can look and act like apps. They provide the benefits of mobile and app experience but are built on browser-based technology. This allows organisations to utilise their web teams to build and deploy mobile apps on all platforms.
  4. AI generated images and videos
    There has been lots of coverage on the negative effect on fake news and other areas of AI powered video and images where AI is able to generate life like faces and even take a picture of someone or previous video files and create new videos in their likeness but there is a huge opportunity for organisations. Using Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) organisations can start to generate photo realistic faces and even provide realistic expressions and moods. In theory you could start to generate perfectly targeted adverts, videos and potentially even customer service. This is a really interesting area that is only just taking off so is definitely one to watch
  5. Decreasing barriers to entry
    Technology is better and more accessible than ever before. As mentioned above we now able to develop applications and data science with out of the box drag and drop solutions. organisations can now drive the capabilities that they require much quicker and more easily.
    As a by-product of the move to the cloud it is getting much easier to provide joined up solutions and connected experiences to users and customers that work across multiple applications, devices and services. This removes barriers to new solutions and makes it very easy to provide a fully joined up experience.
    In the past technology companies would approach a customer problem by providing a single discreet app. Now they are far more likely to provide a range of apps which are integrated together and take advantage of emerging technologies and features. This is all supported by automated deployment, testing, monitoring, regularly updated and constantly evolving. The best part about this for customer is that it is becoming much cheaper and quicker to deploy.

In summary, in 2019 we expect to see technology to continue to become more accessible. We expect it to help organisations to do more digitally, with their data and deliver more value to their customers. The challenge facing organisations is to produce a plan to take advantage of the most relevant emerging technologies for them.