GIS and the Top 10 Technology Trends
Recently, information technology research and advisory company Gartner listed what it considers to be the Top 10 technology trends for 2016. This insightful article, when considered in light of recent GIS developments, shows that these tech trends are both influenced by and are reflected by geotechnologies. Whether or not you agree that the 10 trends listed here are the “most influential,” please consider their connections to GIS. The first trend, The Digital Mesh, refers to “all devices are connected in an expanding set of endpoints people use to access applications and information, or interact with people, social communities, governments and businesses.” GIS and GPS technologies are enabling the connections to occur, and conversely, influence the direction that GIS will go.
One manifestation of how the Digital Mesh is driving GIS is the attention over the past few years on building GIS apps. If you would like to learn more about building your own GIS apps, consider enrolling in the free 5 week Esri MOOC “Do-it-yourself Geo Apps.“, by signing up for a free developer’s account on ArcGIS Online, or by building some of your own web apps such as with this tool.
Other trends include the “information of everything” and big data, and we’ve written about Big Data several times as well in this blog since 2012. Adaptive security architecture is another trend, developed in response to privacy breaches, and we’ve written about location privacy here and in our book. We have also reflected about The Internet of Things, which through the sensor network is enabling GIS to become a sort of “nervous system of the planet.” In fact, it is difficult to think of any of the trends identified without being able to identify numerous connections to GIS.