Automation may be what we care about most on this blog, but it’s always a good idea to keep an eye out for what’s new and next in the world of tech.
To keep enterprises everywhere abreast of what they should be aware of as these emerging technologies surface, here are our 7 top technology trends to watch for 2023.
#1 - Digital Twins
Digital Twins aren’t necessarily a new and emerging technology, however, their application seems to be ready to make the leap across verticals and industries.
The manufacturing and engineering sectors have been using them for decades to create and maintain digital or virtual representations of physical objects, services, or processes that provide real-time data to guide improvement efforts.
Digital Twins are already making waves in the automation space as RPA programs see the value in creating a digital model of their automated processes to keep maintenance issues under control, process complexity to a minimum, and improve both oversight and governance.
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#2 – Moving to the Cloud
There’s an argument to be made with the second item on our list. Cloud computing isn’t necessarily a new, emerging tech concept like edge computing is, but in a time where digital transformation is still a high-level objective for the enterprise, companies must crawl before they can run.
Cloud computing is still being adopted, and even though adoption is growing with the likes of Microsoft Azure, AWS (Amazon Web Services), and Google Cloud Computing dominating the market, many enterprises still haven’t made the move and it remains an impending line item on their prospective roadmaps.
It’s not just computing that dominates talk of cloud; automation in the cloud has also garnered a lot of traction. Organizations are now increasingly looking to move to cloud-native intelligent automation platforms like Microsoft Power Automate and Automation Anywhere’s Automation 360 because of all the benefits cloud automation delivers.
Expect the buzz around both cloud computing and automation in the cloud to continue and grow in 2023.
#3 – Superapps
Superapps are a trend that’s made it to #7 in Gartner’s 10 Top Strategic Technology Trends for 2023. According to Gartner,
“By 2027, more than 50% of the global population will be daily active users of multiple superapps.”
Source: Gartner, 10 Top Strategic Technology Trends
The superapp is essentially an application that provides a core set of features with access to independently created mini apps all built on the same platform to deliver a cohesive and uniform user experience.
With the rise of lo/no-code development empowering citizen developers to build their own applications, superapps are a tech trend we think is worth betting on in 2023.
#4 – Intelligent Automation
Intelligent automation has appeared on this list in previous years, and just like moving to the cloud, it continues to be ground-breaking and so it’s something we’re keeping our eyes on. With the likes of Microsoft Power Automate and Automation Anywhere A360 attracting so many suitors and encouraging competitive account transitions, intelligent automation is primed to take off.
Power Automate boasts an AI Builder capability and AI-enhanced workflows. Automation Anywhere’s latest offering has AI and machine learning built right into the platform making both platforms genuine intelligent automation solutions.
All future-looking trend commentaries are littered with artificial intelligence everywhere. The real growth of intelligent automation and automating complex, end-to-end, and decision-based business processes with the use of AI is just another example of that.
#5 – Metaverse
The idea of the metaverse has been top of mind for some time now due to the publicity it’s received, however, the real-world applications and potential benefits are seeing it grow in stature.
The use of multiple technologies to better engage and connect with workforces in virtual environments is attracting the attention of large organizations. The intrigue is very real. In fact, Gartner projects that,
“By 2027, over 40% of large organizations worldwide will be using a combination of Web3, spatial computing and digital twins in metaverse-based projects aimed at increasing revenue.”
Source: Gartner, 10 Top Strategic Technology Trends
#6 – The Internet of Things
One of the biggest challenges enterprises struggle with is the lack of interoperability between their various systems and applications. It’s an issue that keeps fueling the need to digitally transform.
The Internet of Things (IoT) helps alleviate those challenges as interactions between machines become better and smoother. 2023 will see another year of accelerated growth in this arena to bring even more efficiency and application to businesses everywhere.
#7 - Sustainability
We round off our list, with the same concept that Gartner rounded off theirs: sustainable technology.
The global events of the last several years have cast a spotlight on the need to create a framework of technology that prioritizes energy and resource efficiency to boost resiliency, returns, and foster growth.
The last few years have been volatile. We have endured a pandemic and now face the economic uncertainty of a looming recession. Businesses everywhere now understand more than ever the importance of remaining resilient, efficient, and profitable with a drive to grow in times of uncertainty.