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BCS author predicts disruptive business trends for 2017


1 December 2016CIOs need to embrace four strategic technology trends when planning for the year ahead - says BCS author Nicholas D. Evans.


He predicts that in 2017, one of the only constants will be change. The coming year will be highlighted by organisations taking a more holistic focus around digital transformation that taps into the power of technology combinations, together with platform business models, mastery of digital services, and leading practices in corporate innovation.


The use of IoT and intelligent automation, as well as wearables and augmented reality applications will be mega-trends that empower and expand digital business scenarios in the years ahead as well as continuing to raise many issues and challenges along the way in terms of privacy, safety and security. Platform business models will likely generate some of the highest magnitude business disruptions in the years ahead as they dissolve industry boundaries and hyper-extend the limits of the customer journey from one industry to another.


In 2017, the most successful organisations will be those that can develop an end-to-end digital capability that spans design and development all the way to deployment and management so that they can continuously evolve their digital services over time with tremendous agility and at high levels of sophistication and scale.


On the innovation front, there will be more focus on “where to play” and “how to scale”. Technologies such as robotic market intelligence will help managers keep better tabs on emerging market trends and technologies, and simulation techniques and algorithms will help managers run “what-if” scenarios for exploring their world-building, digital futures.


Nicholas concludes: “At a turning point in the war, in November 1942, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill stated “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning”. This sentiment could not be more true for digital transformation.


As the technology industry matures, and the discipline of digital transformation matures along with it, perhaps the most important elements to bear in mind in 2017 are those of value networks, technology combinations, digital assembly lines, and connected innovation.


Mastering Digital Business by Nicholas D. Evans will be published in January 2017.


Henry Chesbrough, Professor at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and Author of Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology'' says: “Nicholas Evans is a magician, weaving together the complexities of the digital world into a tapestry of opportunities for alert companies and managers. And like a good magician, he makes it look easy. Get started on your digital transformation with this book NOW.”


Article: Disruptive Business Trends for 2017


About the author

Nicholas D. Evans is a Vice President and General Manager at Unisys, a BCS Fellow and author of the new book Mastering Digital Business published by the BCS. One of Consulting Magazine’s Top 25 Consultants, and one of ComputerWorld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders, he has 25 years of consulting under his belt and is also a widely recognised digital business speaker and author.

About the book

Mastering Digital Business Book CoverThis strategic guide for business and IT executives focuses on how today’s most disruptive technologies can be applied in powerful combinations along with platform business models, mastery of digital services, and leading practices in corporate innovation, to help you develop and execute your digital strategies for competitive advantage.


ISBN: 9781780173450
Format: Paperback
Publication date: JAN 2017
Pre-publication Price: UK: £18.74 EU: € €23.99 USD: $26.24

Mastering Digital Business Book Cover

Also available in hardback.


ISBN: 9781780173627
Format: Hardback
Publication date: JAN 2017
Pre-publication Price: UK: £26.24 EU: €32.99 USD: $36.74