This year’s Gartner, Inc. “Hype Cycle for IT in the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council]” identifies blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT), city operations centers, smart city frameworks, digital twins and smart contracts as being among the technologies that will achieve mainstream business adoption in the next five to 10 years.
Of the 29 technologies on this year’s Hype Cycle, eight are entering the Slope of Enlightenment and climbing toward the Plateau of Productivity (see Figure 1). “This shows that the GCC region is entering an important stage and growing in maturity,” said Santhosh Rao, senior research director at Gartner. “However, technologies fuelling digital transformation in the region are taking longer to reach mainstream adoption. Local organizations are cautious about adopting new technologies. At the same time, system integrators are not fully equipped to handle complex digital projects due to a shortage of skills.”