The word disruptive typically calls to mind scenarios such as an impulsive child acting out in a classroom or a roadblock forcing a detour, yet in the world of technology the word has a wholly positive connotation. In the fast-paced and competitive tech environment each company is in a constant battle with one another attempting to out-new and out-cool the competition. So at what point can we apply the word disruptive? Disruption doesn’t necessarily signify a new and crazy invention. A disruptive person would be a thought leader whose innovative thinking or revelations renders past schools of thought or debates obsolete. A disruptive company jumps a step ahead of the rest, displacing past technologies or processes and forcing other companies to adapt to the change. The point is that for something to be disruptive, it must touch everyone in some way and necessitate change that evolves an industry, even in a small way.
A recent survey revealed that people predict that data analytics, the Internet of Things, and dynamic visualizations will be the most disruptive sectors in the next three years. (http://www.techradar.com/news/world-of-tech/big-data-analytics-and-internet-of-things-voted-most-disruptive-future-tech-1249855). The same survey reported that respondents currently consider mobile technology, social media and cloud computing to be the most disruptive sectors today.
So what does this mean for the near future? Clearly these three sectors have recently attracted a spotlight, and with their importance acknowledged it’s sure that more financial strength and brainpower will be dedicated to them and breakthroughs will certainly result.
Data analytics "Big data” and analytics have garnered a lot of attention lately as the new bread-and-butter for companies who have a digital presence. What the public doesn’t realize is that big data analytics will inevitably be implemented in companies even without a digital presence. Those in the manufacturing industry still produce data regardless of the fact that their main activities are rooted in the physical. For this they’ll need to leverage big data analytics in order to keep up on an increasingly leveled playing field.
The Internet of Things We can do a little word breakdown to understand this concept better. Inter-net means the net between, namely the net that connects smart objects together in an increasingly connected world. New objects and new ways to connect already existing “smart” objects create disruptive waves in our everyday lives. Smart homes, smart watches, and smart glasses used to be a thing of science fiction. But now that Google Glass is on its way to becoming mainstream in tandem with the rise of the quantified self movement (collecting personal lifestyle data) it’s clear that smart objects will become more central to our everyday lives.
Dynamic Visualizations It’s been known for quite a while that there are massive cognitive benefits to viewing information in the form of a visualization. The mind can grasp visual information quickly and more thoroughly when it’s presented in the form of an image versus text or numbers.
Access to advanced visualizations to represent company data unequivocally gives companies an advantage over those who simply use spreadsheet or textual reports. Visualizations can exhibit information and highlight patterns in a data set in a way that intuitively makes sense for users; numbers and test simply cannot.
As companies are realizing the vast benefits of visualization-driven strategizing, there has become a greater market for companies who specialize in providing these sorts of solutions. As these companies become more competitive with one another, they’ll be competing to create more and more advanced visualizations. Dynamic visualizations with manipulable features will soon become the norm.
In conclusion, we must keep our eyes on the horizon. The only constant is change as they say, and with so many recent breakthroughs and advancements evolving exponentially, it will certainly be interesting to see what developments these top 3 sectors will churn out in the coming years.