A few years ago, we looked at the role of disruptive technologies in commodities and issued a report on the topic. Back then, there was a lot of buzz around blockchain yet our research suggested that blockchain may still be some years away in terms of true large-scale commercial usage. Indeed, figure 1 from the survey that we did for the research also suggests healthy skepticism about blockchain. Back then, the emphasis was on cloud and SaaS along with data mining and big data. The study also suggested to us that AI, ML and automation were likely to gain traction sooner than blockchain with more respondents seeing those technologies as having significant or some impact. This was reflected also in plans for investment in the next 12-24 months. It’s also interesting to note where microservices and VR or augmented reality fell in the pecking order as well. In 2021, Cloud and SaaS appear to us to be in the rearview mirror. Data remains very important and must be an area of future investment? What does appear to have really taken off is automation. We see this driven by the work from home environment that has been with us for… continue reading
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