From this year on, the digital change will once again accelerate dramatically. Because knowledge and know-how about the use of new technologies are no longer reserved for specialists. In the past, development departments or individuals with impressive titles like Chief Digital Officer were the masters of the change process. However, this is exactly what will change from 2020 onwards, with the pressure to innovate reaching the specialist departments. From now on, every employee can become an innovation driver. For companies, however, this also has a downside: those who do not move are in danger of being left behind.
China and the USA will continue to extend their technological lead until 2025. The dominant technologies will be 5G, artificial intelligence, edge computing, the Internet of things and autonomous driving. In the field of artificial intelligence, China already held 46 percent of the world’s patents in 2017.
Many countries will only play a minor role in driving the dominant technologies of the future. In the development of innovative applications, however, companies and corporations worldwide have the opportunity to make the years starting in 2020 a decade of new beginnings. By doing what has made them successful so far: Not only analyzing business trends, but also developing ideas and implementing innovations.