Top 10 Emerging Technologies 2019 from World Economic Forum
August 06, 2019
The World Economic Forum has just published the 2019 Top 10 Emerging Technologies that they consider most important for the sustainable, inclusive future for humanity for the next five years.
These technologies are in the early stages of development and as their potential is unlocked many may alter the way that industries and governments operate. Potentially they may be major disrupters with much added value for both societies and economies.
While some will impact digital transformations, others may positively impact the environment and carbon footprint of organisations; many will enable the creation of new products and services with opportunities for new business generation.
The big questions are what do they mean for our enterprises and organisations, how do we successfully plan for their capabilities and integrate them smoothly into our businesses?
One of the roles of today’s Enterprise Architects and Engineers is to investigate and plan for the usage of these new technologies and other technologies in their organisations. Their role is to ensure that their enterprise is responsive to the changes required and able to maximise the value their enterprises can achieve from them.
TOGAF Enterprise Architectures have both the agility and the backbone needed to do this. By operating regular emerging technology visioning workshops as part of the Enterprise Architecture vision phase we can identify and design the strategic technology architecture that will deliver the potential of these technologies.
Essentially, by focusing the Enterprise Architecture framework around technology capabilities the Enterprise Architect can rapidly identify, create and integrate the operational capabilities needed to add value and achieve the benefits throughout the enterprise’s infrastructure. See Figure 1.
This is a flexible way to use the TOGAF framework. Having determined where the technologies can be applied and the opportunities they provide the business questions start coming… where, when, with what and how do we build them into our business infrastructure? What needs to change and where is the value achieved? Who needs to use them and what competencies and skills do we need to be successful?
As the Technology Architecture is made up of three major components – the technology services, logical technology components and the physical technology components – the framework can relate the business capabilities and usage of the emerging technologies to the technology architecture. Through applying the TOGAF framework the businesses, data and applications deliverables can be determined for different stages of development and the strategy blueprint starts to emerge giving the Enterprise a way forward and answering the big questions – what do they mean to our organization and how do we plan for their capabilities?
Over the next few weeks we will explore these emerging technologies and how to use the TOGAF framework to develop the strategy blueprints. The technologies are:
1. Bioplastics for a circular economy
2. Social Robots
3. Tiny Lenses for miniature devices
4. Disordered Proteins as Drug Targets
5. Smarter Fertilizers can reduce environmental contamination
6. Collaborative telepresence
7. Advanced Food Tracking and Packaging
8. Safer Nuclear Reactors
9. DNA Data Storage
10. Utility-Scale Storage of renewable energy
For more information on these see the WEF report at;
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