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IT Trends 2019 – what will stay, come and go?

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As we head into 2019, the IT industry can expect to see some very disruptive changes throughout the new year, with domination from artificial intelligence, followed by the cloud and innovative digital platforms. As one of the key technologies, 5G will gain in importance for the implementation of Industry 4.0.

IT trends are developments in information technology, which quickly gain ground and are commonly used by many. For example, the internet is one of the most successful and lasting IT trends of the past decades. Some IT trends have a disruptive character and sometimes lead to profound social and economic changes. This includes, for example, smart phones. They in turn were triggers for new IT trends – such as data storage in the cloud. Here I have collected eight current trends for you:

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a mega trend, which combines artificial general intelligence (AGI), deep learning and cognitive computing. Artificial general intelligence is to get machines to behave and think like human beings. AGI tries to realise human intelligence in hardware and software. AGI requires close collaboration between several sciences – from biology and physiology to chemistry, physics, social sciences, medicine up to neurosciences. With cognitive systems such as Watson by IBM, data can be used which previously was not accessible. Either because it is available in unstructured format or distributed in any number of separate silos. In the course of the coming years, these new technologies will probably contribute to a change in workspaces, companies, customer experiences and entire sectors. In this context deep learning helps to efficiently analyse and evaluate the ever-growing volumes of data being produced.

Trend 2: 5G networks

The 20 times higher data transmission rate of 5G versus 4G will drive applications or make certain applications possible in the first place. In addition to improvements with speed, capacity and latency, 5G offers new network administration functions, among them network slicing, which allows mobile network operators to develop several virtual networks into one single physical 5G network. 5G networks and services will be implemented gradually in the next few years, taking into account the increasing dependency on mobile and internet-enabled devices. Overall, it is expected that 5G will generate many new applications and business models to come.

Trend 3: Sourcing and clouds

Sourcing is one of those IT trends, which has been around for a while. The trend to move the IT environment into the cloud will continue in 2019. In order to use digital technologies such as Internet of Things, artificial intelligence or augmented reality more flexibly and scalably, platform services by cloud providers are increasingly implemented. Cloud sourcing is considered as the future of sourcing and in the eyes of many has a big potential to revolutionise daily business tasks. The use of cloud sourcing companies means that software and IT management is passed on and outsourced to professionals, while reducing costs and complexity of IT in favour of increased labour productivity.

Trend 4: Development of digital platforms

Even in 2017, interesting developments arose with some of the largest digital platforms of the world, such as Uber and AirBnB. These developments indicated that in the future, digital platforms will not only drive pure business models, but also acquisitions and partnerships. This emphasises the need to differentiate and overcome pure platform models with the aim to increase the value of digital and physical assets going forward.

Trend 5: Hybrid clouds

The hybrid model of cloud computing unites the advantages of private and public provisioning models. In fact, hybrid clouds are considered to be the future of cloud computing. There are some workloads, which are perfectly suited for provisioning in a pure private and / or public environments. The idea behind hybrid cloud is to move any additional workload or non-critical applications into public clouds, while critical applications remain in existing resources, which are based in the private cloud or on-premise.

Trend 6: Multi clouds

The multi cloud describes the connection of at least two or often several different clouds, which collaborate and can be used in parallel. Thanks to its numerous advantages, the multi cloud has established itself in cloud computing and offers its users an improved performance and infrastructure as well as more service. Dependency on one provider is decreased and the risk of service failure is also reduced to a minimum, while a distribution of services to several or specialised clouds takes place.

Trend 7: Fog computing as an alternative to cloud computing

Fog computing is becoming more important for companies as an alternative to manage the flood of data in a completely networked world. The bandwidth of the cloud is too low to process the growing data volumes. With fog computing, analysis, processing and storage functions are all moved to the edge of a network.

Trend 8: IoT – The Internet of Things

In the next few years, IoT will be expanded even further and every day more devices are put online. Where will this growth take place? Retail, the health sector and industry should see the largest growth. Forrester Research predicted that with continued growth, IoT will become the backbone of customer use. The information gathered by IoT is the basis for artificial intelligence and will change the world through more transparency.


Following a very innovative 2018, it looks as though this streak will continue to prevail well into this year. Besides 5G and IoT, artificial intelligence will see a surge in adoption this year as one of the most important IT trends to allow change and bring the industry forward. Furthermore, the outsourcing of data into the cloud and fog computing is becoming increasingly important to satisfy the constant growth of data volumes. And with the rising demand from organisations for IT developments, these new innovations are making good headway to meet these needs, carrying the movement forward. In the future, new, innovative business models will hardly be possible without these technologies.

Dominik Birgelen, CEO, oneclick (opens in new tab)
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Dominik studied business administration at the University of Zurich. Since 2015, he has been the CEO of oneclick AG and is responsible for the development of international markets.