2019 drew to a close with a spectacular decade of technology advancements. Back in 2010 we saw the release of the first iPad, the 3-D bioprinter, the Samsung Galaxy S series and most importantly the ability for AI to detect sarcasm. Then towards the end of the decade, we saw some monumental strides throughout the technology spectrum such as the growth in big data analysis and deep learning, Facebook’s AI creating its own ‘language’ to speak to each other and Space-X’s many successful landings.
Such an incredible decade of achievements encouraged Mobica to begin a discussion around what technology trends we expect to see and support in 2020. After viewing various articles, we decided to choose three of our favourite and most relevant predictions from the Gartner “Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2020”.
To look at these in more detail, we sat down with our new Head of Solutions, Sean Whitty. Sean shared his thoughts on the article and the trends that align to our direction for the year ahead.
Which of the three technology trends do you find most interesting for Mobica and our direction for 2020?
Looking at Gartner’s technology trend picks for 2020, I see three clear standouts that we expect to become increasingly important and drive disruption: multiexperience, empowered edge and autonomous things.
Why these three?
The last decade showed the growth of technology in almost every aspect of our lives. At the same time however, many of these new technologies took time to mature. The 2020 trends of multiexperience, empowered edge and autonomous things will make our usage and overall experience with technology more ubiquitous, and will help take us in the direction of more people-centric smart spaces.
I also see these three trends as technical complements of one another. Multiexperience will help us access our data, profiles, apps and improve our user experience across multiple platforms and in multiple environments, and do it all seamlessly. This includes various rooms of the home such as the bathroom and kitchen, on the way to work in the car or train, at work, or out in public.
Through the empowered edge, our individual and shared endpoint devices will take advantage of increased processing capabilities and localised intelligence. This will support a more decentralised approach of multiexperience implementation, reducing data traffic requirements and increasing security.
Finally, through the increased ubiquity enabled by multiexperience and edge computing, we will require increased and dependable autonomy to save time and manual effort, as well as prevent significant distractions and tech overload.
How do you think our experience in these areas could benefit our customers?
It is important to remember that these trends do not exist in isolation. They continue some of the clear megatrends from the last decade such as AI, autonomy, cloud technologies and ubiquity. Mobica has built extensive expertise through customer projects in our three technology sectors: automotive, silicon, and connected devices. In each sector, we combine a strong blend of both innovation and complete project delivery at scale from our multiple delivery sites spread across the UK, USA, Germany and Poland.
In addition, to ensure constant innovation and continually improve domain expertise, we invest significantly in internal R&D projects that target these trends and new technologies, allowing us to stay one step ahead of customer demand.
Are there any trends you would like to mention, that haven’t made this list?
I think data ownership deserves an honorable mention. Privacy and control of increasingly large amounts of valuable, personal data will continue to be a major issue for the industry and all users of technology. Government regulation will also continue to play a role with the GDPR for the EU and the recently-enacted CCPA in California. The combination of regulation with increasing public awareness and tech-savviness, as well as enormous profits in the big data space, indicates this trend will remain relevant in 2020.
Finally, the 2010s saw climate change as a global and overarching issue. Environmental-based trends such as zero emissions will play a fundamental role in the ongoing digital transformation in 2020 and beyond, including more concrete industry-driven environmental targets.
Where do you see Mobica in the next decade?
That’s an interesting question. It’s incredible to see the growth that Mobica has experienced in the past decade. From our beginnings developing graphics device drivers in automotive IVI systems followed by our expansion into web/mobile applications, alongside a huge growth in our involvement with the cloud, it was a very exciting period.
I believe that our past experience will remain extremely relevant in several key areas. Given our expertise in the automotive industry and data analysis, we are positioned to become a leading supplier in the OEM race to deliver the first commercialised autonomous vehicle. Also, through our experience with connected devices, the telecoms industry and recent experience in smart homes and smart cities, we can develop exciting new IoT applications and products/platforms for our customers.
We have our direction and strategy outlined. At the same time, our experience and incredible engineering talent allow us to remain flexible and adapt along with the pace of advancements in technology brought by these very exciting and disruptive trends. That’s what makes this such a great company!