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2021 is the year to evaluate 5G business use cases
5G is fast shifting from a hyped potential technology to real world delivery. By mid-2021, Telstra anticipates 75 percent of Australians will have access to 5G, which means that now is when business use case evaluation should occur. This is a technology worth investing the time to review, as early adopters will be positioned to gain a competitive edge.
First business use cases on horizon
For Australian businesses, 5G will be an enabler for many emerging technologies through the delivery of increased speed and decreased latency. Telstra estimates a 50-100% improvement in speed for end users and a reduction in latency of 96%. In business-critical processes when every millisecond matters, delivering close to real time data will transform the decision-making of humans and machines.
THE EMPOWERED EDGE
Half of enterprises will deploy edge computing by 2021
By the end of 2021, more than 50% of large enterprises will deploy at least one edge computing use case to support IoT or immersive experiences, versus less than 5% in 2019, according to Gartner.
The empowered edge refers to the shift of compute power from centralised cloud to edge devices. This allows data collection, information processing, and delivery to be placed closer to the sources of the information. The benefits are keeping traffic local to reduce latency and providing some form of autonomy for edge devices. Empowered Edge is also referred to as Device Democracy. Over the next few years, IT services at the edge will evolve rapidly.
Extending digital reach to the edge
By 2023, more than 50% of new enterprise infrastructure deployed will be at the edge rather than corporate data centres, and through 2028, there will be a steady increase in the embedding of sensor, storage, compute and advanced AI capabilities in edge devices.
INTERNET OF EVERYTHING
Next wave of Internet growth
The Internet of Everything is the next wave of Internet growth. It takes the Internet of Things to the next level – the level of integration not just with ‘things,’ but with people, processes and data. The promise of IoE is bridging the physical and digital worlds.
IoE moves from data to action
IoE intelligently joins people, process, data and things in one vast distributed network to make connections more relevant and valuable. Rather than the IoT passive approach of retrieving data from sensors, IoE moves the conversation to a far more active approach where action in the physical world is what matters i.e. the data retrieved from sensors is analysed and the insights are translated into a physical action as a consequence. It improves business and industry decision-making, and is more relevant to people’s lives than IoT.
Cloud everywhere and nowhere
The next conceptual shift in the evolution of cloud is ‘distributed cloud.’ To stay competitive in the digital-first economy, digital services must be able to run anywhere and anytime. Organisations are responding by re-thinking the placement of applications and data analytics, based on network latency, customer population clusters and geopolitical limitations.
How to get ahead of the curve
The best way to get ahead of the curve is to start looking at the cloud as anything you can control and scale from a web browser, not just a data centre or virtual machine, and to begin mapping application requirements against the three types of cloud architectures – Centralised, Overlay and Distributed.
It is time to leverage wearables in the workplace
One third of IT organisations will have a ‘Wear Your Own Device’ policy by 2023 to address augmented humans in the workforce.
This prediction from Gartner reflects the rush of businesses globally to leverage use cases for augmented humans. Human augmentation is the use of technology to enhance a person’s cognitive and physical experiences.
It’s already happening…
Consumers have lost any reticence or fear of being ‘tracked’ and have embraced wearables like smartwatches and fitness trackers in large numbers. This trend is escalating with IDC forecasting a 30% increase for the worldwide wearable market by 2023. It’s time that Australian enterprises consider how physical augmentations can be leveraged to benefit their business.