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12 technologies that will disrupt business in 2018

From artificial intelligence to augmented reality, these dozen disruptive technologies and trends will begin driving how business gets done at forward-thinking organizations this year.

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“It’s a new paradigm, one that I see augmenting existing architectures for particular use cases,” says Glen Robinson, emerging technology advisor at Leading Edge Forum. “It help reduce latency, decouples systems, builds in resiliency, reduces cost, so it’s mostly a good thing, but the edge and the hybrid architectures where it adds value are ill understood.”

Digital ethics

A frequently mentioned concern, as companies undergo their digital transformation, is how to address a nearly overwhelming amount of data and glean insight.

Jewell Parkinson, head of HR at SAP, says these same issues will also affect human resources, where new streams of data offer opportunities and also challenges in maintaining companies’ focus on ethics, corporate culture, and compliance.

“What 2017 has shown us is the need for a dedicated focus joining forces with other key stakeholders across the enterprise operating as the key cultural safeguard for organizations of all sizes and industries,” Parkinson says. “In 2018, we’ll see continued focus on the importance of culture, reputation and socially responsible technology engagement.”

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