We know that Covid-19 has accelerated some of the main global technological trends and, at the same time, spurred demand for others that have become more relevant in the way we work and live in this new reality.
Business ecosystems, however, still have plenty of untapped opportunities in the area of innovation and transformation, which they can capitalize on over the next year.
I speak specifically of the space of opportunity that currently exists in industry 4.0 for the growing adoption of intelligent edge. The use of this technology will help to maximize business efficiency, as, instead of sending data to a data center or for a third party, organizations can increase the speed of data analysis and reduce security risks by decreasing the likelihood that this data will be intercepted or deleted, as they do not depend on external network connections.
It is therefore expected that the intelligence edge - data analysis and development of solutions at the place where the data is generated - significantly mark business management in 2021.
This trend, and the acceleration impressed by the particular moment of the global pandemic, is the product of several trends that have hitherto sought a common point to strengthen themselves, and that is why it could mean a real revolution.
Deloitte's “TMT Predictions 2021” estimates that the global intelligent edge reach a value of 12 billion dollars, growing at an annual rate of about 35%. The expansion in 2021 will be driven mainly by the telecommunications sector, implementing it in 5G networks, and by in cloud hyper-scale, optimizing its infrastructure and service offerings. According to this study's predictions, in 2023, 70% of companies will perform data processing through intelligent edge.
By bringing powerful computing resources closer to where data originates and needs to be consumed, this technological leap unleashes the potential for faster, less expensive and safer operations, leveraging technologies such as autonomous vehicles, virtual reality or the IoT, contributing to accelerate the 4th Industrial Revolution.
For companies that use data, the intelligent edge can guarantee the most efficient use of bandwidth and greater visibility of the network, allowing to reduce costs, guarantees resilience against weak, unreliable and lost connectivity due to less dependence on wide area networks (WANs), allows more control over the screening of data, normalization, storage and privacy through the ability to maintain more local data instead of having to transmit it over the network to the core, by supporting low latency use cases and fast response times and also to ensure greater automation and autonomy.
More than new trends, the most marked trend of this crisis is the acceleration of trends. TMT Predictions reports that five years have been condensed into five months of the pandemic, but the acceleration may have been even more pronounced. Whatever the speed at which we walk and, above all, we will walk in 2021, it is important that we are in motion and preferably on the front line.