We asked a number of New Zealand tech-related experts to share their thoughts on the technology that made a difference in 2016, and what's on the horizon for 2017.Learn More
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Here’s Part 2 of our series asking tech experts to share their thoughts on 2016’s technology highlights and predictions for 2017’s ‘next big thing’.
If you haven’t seen it, be sure to have a look at Part 1 as well.
“For me and my customers, the future of technology is platforms. We’re using one called ThingWorx. It’s a non-proprietary system and it’s the revolution of IoT. It can connect and take data from up to one million devices per second and has a self-learning algorithmic engine so it can start to predict outcomes. It means that applications and solutions can be created faster than manual coding or trying to connect separate frameworks. And our customers can build applications themselves, scaling and growing as necessary.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how New Zealand is going to embrace IoT technology and have a huge amount of optimism that people will move into a world where there isn’t a prescribed outcome.”
Kursten Shalfoon, Director at The Exponential Agency
Kursten’s on a mission to help organisations survive and thrive in the exponential world. He’s got deep media and telco experience as well as expertise across digital, ecommerce, ISP services, retail, and domestic and international FMCG.
Highlights of 2016
“Cloud computing and SaaS have come of age. The interfaces between large enterprise systems have also matured with new API frameworks, which seamlessly link systems. From a personal business point of view, this year Generator Consulting and three other consulting businesses merged to create a larger and more diverse business. We set up an integrated website, shared storage, project management, workflow, CRM and financials all for less than $250 per month, and it’s connected, scalable and just works.”
Moving ahead, Kursten sees four major trends:
Paul Quickenden, CEO of Putti
Paul creates and manages products that enable New Zealanders to succeed in a digital world. He’s particularly interested in driving growth, startups and innovation.
Highlights of 2016
“I think there were three stand out highlights this year. The advent of Pokémon Go, while not using anything radically new, showed to the world the power of augmented reality. Sure it was a fad, but now a global population of people can see how it works and that will drive more real use cases."
“The second was the latest Amazon Web Services (AWS) invent event. Amazon continues to drive technology democratisation with its cloud offerings. The potential scenarios that things like Lamda bring are quite staggering.
“Finally we are starting to see (or not in some cases) more and more adoption of machine learning, AI and chatbots. Some of these are happening very publicly, others we aren’t even seeing.”
“Building on these trends, machine learning will become more commonplace and companies will start using it in more public use cases.“And we will see companies increasingly focus on their staff, as well as their customers, through things like internal apps, communication programmes and ways to make the staff’s job easier - not more productive - but easier.”