Technology predictions for CIOs by Forrester

Forrester unwrapped CIOs’ technology predictions for 2017 in a report titled “Predictions 2017: CIOs Push Ahead For Speed Amid Volatility”.

According to it, cloud, open source, Internet of Things (IoT), augmented reality (AR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) will trend in the coming year.


With cloud computing gaining popular day-by-day, the technology will gain more adherences in the coming year.

Forrester says CIOs believe that cloud will become central to changing customer and product ecosystem.

In 2017, CIOs will move to tap the best out of cloud ecosystem, by connecting employees, customers, partners, vendors and devices.

Open source

Open source is another prediction for the coming year.  Forrester notes open source cloud platform, open source tools, technologies, and approaches have gained significance in most areas of technology development. Hence, it has a long way to go in the modern technological era.

Forrester says open source technologies are sound and offers scalability, access to talent communities and the opportunity to tap into new ways of working that speed up innovation.

“In 2017, we will see the vast majority of development organizations embrace open source/OpenStack — in particular for the development of product-related software, customer experience, and process solutions that need to cut across business and technology silos,” the report said.


CIOs further surmise that IoT adoption will evolve beyond the experimental stage in 2017. Forrester finds that CIOs will create structured IoT approaches for more diverse use cases in the coming year.

IoT will also be used to create business insights at multiple levels in organizations, bridging the gap between the physical and virtual worlds.

Augmented Reality (AR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Augmented reality and artificial intelligence will take hold. In 2016, the app-based game Pokémon Go inspired consumers to adopt AR experiences on their smartphones, and Alexa and Siri became pseudo personal assistants that put AI into everybody’s pocket.

By weaving AR into more of their mobile apps, companies will offer customers more personalized shopping and enhanced ownership experiences.

At the same time, AI and cognitive computing will increasingly be integrated into existing architectures and applications to drive innovation throughout 2017.

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Other CIO predictions include:

Adoption of Agile and DevOps for faster delivery of the new projects

Correction of bimodal missteps taken in 2016 owing to business peer frustration, polarising and deteriorating cultures, and continuation of unsustainable operational complexities.

In the coming year, CIOs will face the challenge of talent shortages in software development, cyber security and data science. This will force them to increase existing recruiting strategies.

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