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AI, cloud, hybrid work headline Gartner's top tech trends for 2022

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CIOs are tooling up an assembly line of technologies to get back to business in 2022, including a mix of solutions leaned on heavily to weather the pandemic and new offerings aimed at making the most of emerging opportunities as the pandemic subsides. At its virtual IT Symposium/Xpo this week, Gartner identified the top tech strategies it sees CIOs embracing next year, including the "distributed enterprise," advanced AI, hyperautomation, cloud-native platforms, decision intelligence, and advanced security, among others. Tying together these trends is the C-suite's ongoing recognition of IT as an engine for business transformation. "The two top business priorities for CEOs going into 2022 are scaling digitation and building ecommerce, with the aim of getting back to business," said David Groombridge, research vice president at Gartner, noting that CIO priorities will vary depending on whether they are tasked with driving consumer revenue or building products. But all CIOs will have common set of technology priorities, the analyst predicts.


What is edge computing?

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Gartner defines edge computing as "a part of a distributed computing topology in which information processing is located close to the edge -- where things and people produce or consume that information." At its basic level, edge computing brings computation and data storage closer to the devices where it's being gathered, rather than relying on a central location that can be thousands of miles away. This is done so that data, especially real-time data, does not suffer latency issues that can affect an application's performance. In addition, companies can save money by having the processing done locally, reducing the amount of data that needs to be processed in a centralized or cloud-based location. Edge computing was developed due to the exponential growth of IoT devices, which connect to the internet for either receiving information from the cloud or delivering data back to the cloud.


Discover the Top 10 Industry 4.0 Trends & Innovations in 2021

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The concept of the fourth industrial revolution was first introduced in Hannover earlier in this decade. This followed several decades of industrial automation, albeit at lower levels of functionality and complexity. Many developments have since shaped several industry 4.0 technologies that were previously under the purview of researchers. This is possible today, mainly due to innovations in technology, software, and hardware. Already, the increasing human-machine, machine-machine, and human-human connectivity influence production systems and processes across the world. Industry 4.0 trends and technologies are fundamental in achieving connected manufacturing geared towards smart and autonomous factories. For this in-depth research on the Top Industry 4.0 Trends & Startups, we analyzed a sample of 770 global startups and scaleups.


Addressing the Intelligent Systems Lifecycle, Wind River Studio Enriches Cloud-Native Platform for Developers

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Wind River today revealed a waterfall of new features available designed to automate and accelerate DevSecOps and other "pipelines" across the lifecycle of intelligent systems. The latest release of their platform is focused on transformational automation technologies, including a customizable automation engine, digital feedback loop, enhanced security, and analytics with machine learning capabilities. The announcement also included industry-proven technologies from ecosystem partners to the Wind River Studio Marketplace, which makes solutions available that are developed and delivered on the Wind River Studio "cloud-native platform for the development, deployment, operations, and servicing of mission-critical intelligent systems from devices to cloud." The company claims the platform "enables dramatic improvements in productivity, agility, and time-to-market, with seamless technology integration that includes far edge cloud compute, data analytics, security, 5G, and AI/ML." "The next generation of cloud-connected intelligent systems require the right software infrastructure to securely capture and process real-time machine data with digital feedback from a multitude of embedded systems, enabling advanced automated and autonomous scenarios," said Kevin Dallas, president, and CEO, Wind River.


Confidential Computing Is Coming To AI Autonomous Vehicles - AI Trends

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Imagine a scenario involving a coy bit of spy craft. A friend of yours wants to write down a secret and pass along the note to you. There is dire concern that an undesirable interloper might intercept the note. As such, the secret is first encrypted before being written down, and thus will be inscrutable to anyone that intervenes. All told, the message will look scrambled or seem like gobbledygook. You have the password or key needed to decrypt the message. After the note has passed through many hands, it finally reaches you. The fact that many others saw and ostensibly were able to read the note is of no consequence.


The Top 100 Software Companies of 2021

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The Software Report is pleased to announce The Top 100 Software Companies of 2021. This year's awardee list is comprised of a wide range of companies from the most well-known such as Microsoft, Adobe, and Salesforce to the relatively newer but rapidly growing - Qualtrics, Atlassian, and Asana. A good number of awardees may be new names to some but that should be no surprise given software has always been an industry of startups that seemingly came out of nowhere to create and dominate a new space. Software has become the backbone of our economy. From large enterprises to small businesses, most all rely on software whether for accounting, marketing, sales, supply chain, or a myriad of other functions. Software has become the dominant industry of our time and as such, we place a significance on highlighting the best companies leading the industry forward. The following awardees were nominated and selected based on a thorough evaluation process. Among the key criteria considered were ...


Daily AI Roundup: The 5 Coolest Things on Earth Today

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Dentsu Group Inc. announced that it has entered an agreement to acquire LiveArea, a global customer experience and commerce agency, subject to customary closing conditions. LiveArea is a division of PFSweb Inc (NASDAQ: PFSW). LiveArea will join Merkle, a leading technology-enabled, data-driven customer experience management (CXM) company within Dentsu Group's international business, Dentsu International. Infineon Technologies and Amber Solutions announced an alliance on a range of silicon opportunities anchored around Amber's breakthrough digital control of electricity with embedded intelligence. Today, AT&T and Google Cloud are announcing new solutions across AT&T's 5G and Google Cloud's edge computing portfolio, including AT&T's on-premises Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) solution, as well as AT&T Network Edge capabilities through LTE, 5G, and wireline.


Edge computing is coming, and businesses aren't ready

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Almost three-quarters (72%) of IT leaders are already using edge computing to provide innovative services, according to Intel. From ultra-connected autonomous cars to low-latency AR, VR and gaming: to remain competitive in the digital age, businesses will have little choice but to fully embrace the new opportunities that come with the deployment of edge computing, according to a new report published by Intel. Almost three-quarters (72%) of IT leaders are already using edge computing to provide innovative services, according to the chip giant, whether that is to create new products, open new revenue streams or boost efficiencies. "Businesses can no longer afford to ignore the edge," says the report, stressing the technology's potential to better access and understand the unprecedented amounts of data that are generated over networks every second. As the name suggests, edge technologies consist of moving the hosting of computer services to the edge of the network, so that the process happens as close as possible to the people that use the service, which significantly reduces latency.


Microsoft tackles 'hyperautomation' with Power Automate RPA update

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Microsoft this week expanded into process capture and analytics with the release of Microsoft Process Advisor. This extends the reach of Microsoft Power Automate, the company's robotic process automation (RPA) and cloud integration platform. These updates will help Microsoft's Power Automate strategy scale beyond RPA into the broader hyperautomation market, which Gartner expects to grow from $481.6 billion in 2020 to $596 billion in 2022. "The idea of'automating automation' is core to our strategy," Microsoft Power Automate product manager Stephen Siciliano told VentureBeat. Process Advisor gives organizations the ability to capture processes for further analysis or as templates for creating more full-fledged automations, he added.


Edge computing is coming, and businesses aren't ready

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Almost three-quarters (72%) of IT leaders are already using edge computing to provide innovative services, according to Intel. From ultra-connected autonomous cars to low-latency AR, VR and gaming: to remain competitive in the digital age, businesses will have little choice but to fully embrace the new opportunities that come with the deployment of edge computing, according to a new report published by Intel. Almost three-quarters (72%) of IT leaders are already using edge computing to provide innovative services, according to the chip giant, whether that is to create new products, open new revenue streams or boost efficiencies. "Businesses can no longer afford to ignore the edge," says the report, stressing the technology's potential to better access and understand the unprecedented amounts of data that are generated over networks every second. As the name suggests, edge technologies consist of moving the hosting of computer services at the edge of the network, so that the process happens as close as possible to the people that use the service, which significantly reduces latency.