Three distinct technology trends are poised to be of the highest priority for organizations facing rapidly accelerating digital business innovation, according to Gartner Inc.'s newly released Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2016.

The three trends are transparently immersive experiences, the perceptual smart machine age, and the platform revolution. They will “profoundly create new experiences with unrivaled intelligence and offer platforms that allow organizations to connect with new business ecosystems,” the report said.

"This Hype Cycle specifically focuses on the set of technologies that is showing promise in delivering a high degree of competitive advantage over the next five to 10 years," said Mike Walker, research director at Gartner.

"To thrive in the digital economy, enterprise architects must continue to work with their CIOs and business leaders to proactively discover emerging technologies that will enable transformational business models for competitive advantage, maximize value through reduction of operating costs, and overcome legal and regulatory hurdles," Walker said.

With transparently immersive experiences, technology will continue to become more human-centric to the point where it will introduce transparency between people, businesses and things, the report noted. This relationship will become much more entwined as the evolution of technology becomes more adaptive, contextual and fluid within the workplace, at home, and interacting with businesses and other people.

Smart machine technologies will be the most disruptive class of technologies over the next 10 years due to radical computational power, near-endless amounts of data, and unprecedented advances in deep neural networks that will allow organizations to harness data in order to adapt to new situations and solve problems that no one has encountered previously, Gartner said.

And in the platform revolution, emerging technologies are revolutionizing the concepts of how platforms are defined and used. The shift from technical infrastructure to ecosystem-enabling platforms is laying the foundations for new business models that are forming a bridge between humans and technology, the report said.

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