The Strategist

Accenture highlights tech trends for business in the coming years

02/18/2021 - 02:47

Consulting firm Accenture has prepared a new report presenting the key technology trends that will affect business in the coming years.

According to the report's authors, leadership in digital adoption has now become particularly important, with the revenues of leaders growing five times faster than that of the laggards, compared with only two times the gap between 2015 and 2018. 

In addition, the pandemic has significantly accelerated the digital transformation of businesses, a process that took about a decade to complete, eventually taking one or two years.

Accenture, which surveyed 6,200 technology experts and business representatives, identified five key technology-related trends over the next three years. 

The first is that companies' ability to create value is increasingly dependent on their adoption of technology and the creation of competitive IT systems, and therefore all companies are becoming partly technology-driven. 

The second relates to so-called digital twins - virtual copies of real production facilities, supply chains, etc. - and their importance will also grow in the coming years. 

The third important trend is the democratisation of innovation, in which, increasingly, the average employee can be an innovator, technologically optimising his or her work. 

A fourth trend is related to the third, which is DIY (do-it-yourself) in the workplace - meaning that people, primarily in remote working environments, are creating their own workspaces in a variety of places: at home, in the office, or elsewhere. 

Finally, the last trend is the creation of complex ecosystems with a large number of participants.