5 Most Important Digital Trends of 2017

Innovation knows no boundaries and change is going to happen whether you pursue it or not. The World is changing day by day and when we look closely, we see that the reason behind this change is Digitization. Digitization reshapes every aspect of a business. From E-commerce to Technical trends, from Artificial intelligence to Internet of things and Application program interfaces (APIs). We are half way through 2017 and these are the biggest digital trends of this year:

1. E- commerce

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In the early days of e-commerce, it was USA that was the major driver of eCommerce growth. E-Commerce has since become a global phenomenon and seeing exceptional growth in developing economies like China and India. E-Commerce is growing rapidly and so is the competition. E-commerce has made shopping experience really dynamic, Just like dynamic user experience in web interfaces. To be honest, all the massive trends that seem to rule the eCommerce in 2017 have already arrived but they are going to be more solidified and strengthened. Lastly, staying competitive is no longer enough for eCommerce business now. One needs to stay innovative as well.

2. Technical Trends

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Blink and you could miss it. The speed at which technology advances and upgrades can seem overwhelming. We’ve already seen some major steps forward in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology in 2016. But it’s going to be next year before we see things really take off. Once they do, you’ll need to be ready for AR and VR versions of practically everything.

3. Artificial Intelligence

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WHAT WAS ONCE just a figment of the imagination of some our most famous science fiction writers. As we have seen movies made by great  Hollywood directors like Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey released in 1968, which gave the world, one of the best representations of AI in the form of HAL 9000. The rise of the personal computer in the 1980s sparked even more interest in machines that think and Steven Spielberg’s Artificial Intelligence released in 2001, which showed Artificial intelligent robots having their own mind.

The term artificial intelligence is also used to describe a property of machines or programs: the intelligence that the system demonstrates. AI has already had a profound impact in more subtle ways. Weather forecasts, email spam filtering, Google’s search predictions, and voice recognition, such Apple’s Siri, hell we can push a button in our cars and ask her to call or play music as well. A.I.-fueled gap between the haves and the have-nots, both within and between nations. Or to put the matter more optimistically: A.I. is presenting us with an opportunity to rethink economic inequality on a global scale. These challenges are too far-ranging in their effects for any nation to isolate itself from the rest of the world.

4. Internet of things

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IOT allows objects to be sensed or controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure, creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, and resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit in addition to reduced human intervention. It’s also changed how daily life operates by helping create more efficient cities and leaner enterprises

IOT is expected to offer advanced connectivity of devices, systems, and services that goes beyond machine to machine (M2M) communications and covers a variety of protocols, domains, and applications and it is estimated to have 50 billion IOT sensors by 2020.

5. Application Program Interface (API)

Application Programming Interface is a set of subroutine definitions, protocols, and tools for building application software. In general terms, it is a set of clearly defined methods of communication between various software components. The system of APIs has come a long way since their birth and first usage. They are already very important for the development of applications, as they act as an intermediary and a communicator between different applications, between different websites, between the application and the website and between the developer and the application. The future of open API is going to grow rapidly and open the doors to the development of many innovative applications and tools.

 Let us know what other trends you see ruling the second half of this year!