A recent report studying the outlook for digital transformation across businesses between now and 2030 has concluded that company executives have a "divided vision of the future."
The study from Dell Technologies and Vanson Bourne found that executives broadly agree humans and machines will be collaborating as workplace teammates within five years' time, with 82% agreeing this will be the case and 26% saying their companies have already passed this milestone.
However, group opinion was split by what this new age of tech-enabled cooperation will mean for businesses. Half claim that 2030 will see their time freed up by new technologies handling menial tasks, yet 42% believe it will be harder to disconnect from the technology, presumably draining more time.
Many human workers may be replaced by machines in the next decade. (Image: Igor Ovsyannykov, Unsplash)
Questions revolving around the Internet of Things prompted more unity. Forty-five percent of business leaders have made investments in IoT technology, while another 45% plan to do so by 2023. The same went for digital transformation strategies, with nine out of ten seeing the ability to deliver "products as a service" as mission critical. Internet of Things World Europe at TechXLR8 is the ideal conference for companies looking to put IoT to work and reap the commercial benefits, with an entire conference track dedicated to strategy and digital transformation.
According to Karen Quintos, chief customer officer at Dell, "by applying machine learning and AI to customer data, companies will be able to predict and understand customer behavior like never before."
The company predicts that 2018 will see "true AI" become more commonplace, pushing us towards the age of the human-machine collaborative workforce.
— Jeremy Coward, Digital Content Lead, Internet of Things World Europe