The future is not yet written. This implies an expectation that events will occur in their own time. However, CIOs don’t always have the luxury of waiting for the future to unfold. In the world of digital technologies, the shifting tides of technology, behavior, and business outcomes those who wait are more likely to be left behind than to be prepared for the flood. CIOs and technology business unit leaders must follow the trends but prepare for a digital reality where the problems of the past are yet to be eliminated.
Gartner's 2018 predictions are broad and deep. They reach across the most significant areas of IT and the IT industry. Track these predictions throughout 2018 and use them to frame the strategic planning assumptions that will drive your business in the next decade.
Gartner clients have come to rely on our annual predictions, both as input for their strategic plans and as alerts to potentially disruptive changes. For most enterprises and IT organizations, investments and other business decisions during the next few years are likely to be made against a backdrop of continuous change and major technological disruption. Anticipating these changes is more important than ever, and predictive disruption then becomes a critical part of any strategic plan.