According to Gartner, the next five years of digital transformation could determine whether a business is built to withstand disruption. As part of that, the firm recently outlined seven incoming digital disruptions leaders should be aware of today to ensure their organization is prepared.

  1. Emerging computing technologies. Daryl Plummer, distinguished research VP and Gartner Fellow, believes computer operating capacity doubles every two years and that new models disrupt existing markets. As nontraditional computing methods like quantum and neuromorphic computing become more mainstream, CIOs should prepare for these and other emerging innovations by creating new tech roadmaps, implementing trials, and monitoring for long-term game changers.
  2. DNA data storage. By 2025, Plummer predicts company data may be stored on artificial DNA. This approach will enable organizations to store massive amounts of information for longer periods of time and recall it as needed.
  3. Dispersed cloud environments. As the distributed cloud structure increases in popularity, CIOs should ask for packaged hybrid services from their cloud providers. This will make it easier for organizations to reap the advantages of a dispersed cloud ecosystem early on and, as a result, get a leg up on the competition.
  4. Space-based computing power. Satellites give organizations a comprehensive view of data that is difficult to obtain from Earth—for example, climate issues or natural disasters.
  5. Augmented humans. Technologies like computer-based thought control, brain interfaces, and mind-linking technology sound futuristic, but Gartner believes companies should prepare for how new innovations can expand human capabilities now.
  6. Expanded biohacking. The amount of available health data is exploding as healthcare organizations increasingly use sensors and analytics to guide treatment. As a result, CIOs should view bodily data as the new security frontier and determine how policies may have to evolve in light of this emerging vulnerability.
  7. Behavior tracking and management tech. Biometric tracking and edge computing offer companies numerous opportunities to personalize the digital experience and make better, more real-time decisions. However, it’s also important that CIOs weigh these technologies with their respective security concerns and ensure that customer/employee privacy is not jeopardized by these innovations.

For more on these digital trends and how you can get ahead of them, check out this piece in CIODive here.