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Disruptions CIOs May Not See Coming

Gartner’s latest research has pointed out CIOs may not be prepared for seven digital disruptions in the coming years, including quantum computing, swarm technology and nanotechnology. Digital disruption is the single largest challenge facing enterprises and technology providers today. Unlike technology-triggered disruptions in the past, the virtual nature of digital disruptions makes them much more difficult to deal with. CIOs must work with their business peers to pre-empt digital disruption by becoming experts at recognising, prioritising and responding to early indicators. Let’s take a look at those disruptions:

Quantum computing

Today’s data scientists are focused on machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI) and data and analytics. These technologies simply cannot address some difficult and complex problems because of the compute limitations of classic computer architectures. Today’s fastest supercomputers may take months or even years for some of these problems to run through a series of permutations, making it impractical to attempt. On the other hand, quantum computers have the potential to run massive amounts of calculations in parallel in seconds. Combined with the ability to address difficult and complex problems, this potential for compute acceleration is what is driving so much interest from CEOs and CIOs in a variety of industries. However, we must always be conscious of the hype surrounding the quantum computing model as it is good for a specific set of problem solutions but not all general-purpose computing.

Real-time language translation

Real-time language translation could fundamentally change communication across the globe as per Gartner. Devices such as translation earbuds and voice and text translation services can perform translation in real-time, breaking down language barriers with friends, family, clients and colleagues. Apart from disrupting intercultural language barriers, this technology can also eliminate the need of language translators as this role may no longer be needed. CIOs should equip employees in international jobs with experimental real-time translators to pilot streamlined communication to prepare for this disruption, which will help establish multilingual disciplines to help employees work more effectively across languages.

Keep watching this space for more.

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