Cloud based Platform As a Service (PaaS) and Software As a Service (SaaS) technologies have been used in enterprise markets for many years. They are also the major contributing factors to the rapid growth of IoT market in a wide range of products. PaaS providers offer ready-to-use services like security, data storage, device management and big data analysis. In addition, a number of SaaS companies provide application level services like billing, software management and visualization tools. That greatly reduces time-to-market, operation overhead, risks and startup cost.
Today, a digital stethoscope has the ability to record and store heartbeat and respiratory sounds. Tomorrow, the stethoscope could function as an "intelligent thing" by collecting a massive amount of such data, relating the data to diagnostic and treatment information, and building an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered doctor assistance app to provide the physician with diagnostic support in real-time. AI and machine learning increasingly will be embedded into everyday things such as appliances, speakers and hospital equipment. This phenomenon is closely aligned with the emergence of conversational systems, the expansion of the IoT into a digital mesh and the trend toward digital twins. Three themes -- intelligent, digital, and mesh -- form the basis for the Top 10 strategic technology trends for 2017, announced by David Cearley, vice president and Gartner Fellow, at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016 in Orlando, Florida.