Technology is changing the world for better. Watch out the 10 hottest digital transformation trends for 2018.

Technology is shaping up the way we live our lives and the way businesses operate. Over the decades, we’ve seen some breakthrough technologies making remarkable contributions in the tech world. 2017 was another year of significant technology advancements.

We saw some promising technology innovations that started out small, but are driving a digital revolution now. In this article, let’s look at the top 10 digital transformation trends that are all set to disrupt the business landscape in 2018.

1. Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Artificial Intelligence is not a newbie in the digital world. We’ve all used some sort of AI based product or service at some point in time. But today, Siri, Alexa, chatbots and virtual assistants are becoming more popular than ever before, and consumers are widely accepting AI-powered services. This has stirred a revolution in businesses worldwide to deploy AI and improve the end-user experiences.

2. Internet of Things (IoT)
The past few years have seen a gradual but increasing trend in what we call Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is the concept of integrating everyday physical objects with internet. The era of intelligent things is certainly here. Predictions reveal that in the next five years, $6 trillion will be spent on IoT solutions globally, and about 24 billion IoT devices will be installed by 2020.

3. Edge Computing
Edge computing is growing rapidly with an increase in AI and IoT. It is an innovative concept that enables smooth processing of massive data produced by IoT powered devices. This Edge-IoT partnership is proving to be revolutionary, and sooner or later, all businesses and all industries will adopt edge based computing solutions to deliver best-in-class services.

4. Cloud Adoption
Cloud based storage solutions are trending for a while now. As long as there’s big data, cloud is here to stay. Companies across the globe are adopting cloud platforms to store massive business data, improve efficiencies and attain maximum data security. Today, a movement to cloud is a strategic investment, and 73% companies are planning to move to a cloud based data center within the next two years.

5. Advanced Analytics
Big data has taken the world by storm, and most companies have already reached a stage of data saturation. With growing volumes of data, there’s a growing need for smart, advanced analytics. Analytics is what gives meaning to big data and enables informed decision making in digital enterprises. The coming years will see a massive rise in data analytics as a service and an increase in data engineering and data science careers.

6. Mobile Enablement
The world’s connected to mobile devices, and entrepreneurs are realizing the fact that an effective mobile enablement strategy can impact their businesses in a positive way. Mobility enables businesses to reach out to massive target markets and brings productivity in the way employees perform. Studies predict that IT enterprises will spend about 25% of their software budgets towards mobile application development.

7. 5G Technology
We’ve seen generations of mobile networks pass by and soon enough the breakthrough 5G technology will take over. 5G will certainly be faster than 4G and is expected to deliver greater productivity with multi-gigabits per second. Though it is still in the development phase, it is all set to bring a revolutionary ‘Gigabit Smartphone’ era.

8. Blockchain
The world’s talking about Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. While it can still be a foreign term to many, the cryptocurrency or virtual currency market is on an all-time high, and is expected to grow enormously in the near future. Blockchain is the technology designed for accounting and verification of digital currencies and is certainly going to be a growing trend in 2018.

9. Augmented Reality (AR)
Digital transformation has also impacted the gaming industry in an impressive way. “Pokemon Go” was a game that used a digital interface by placing virtual objects in the real world. And ever since, Augmented Reality has been a hot trend in the gaming world. Apart from gaming, AR is being actively used in 3D viewers, reality browsers and to deliver a wide range of experiences.

10. Remote Workspaces
Telecommuting or remote workspaces is not a new advancement. It’s been trending for a long time now, and in the coming years, there will be a widespread acceptance to remote work from both employer and employee perspectives. Advancements in technology are enabling entrepreneurs to hire talent beyond boundaries and cultures and remote workspaces are the future of digital enterprises.

Digital transformation is touching all spaces of human life and all industries and businesses in multiple ways. It has already deeply impacted manufacturing, retail, healthcare, finance and banking industries. And with time, all enterprises are realizing the growing need to digitize. How long until you adopt these trending digital transformation technologies and match up with the changing times?

Prem Shankar Patel
Senior Manager
Prem brings nearly three decades of analytics and information management experience to Estuate. He is a recognized expert who has received several awards over the years. In 2003, he was awarded the Center of Excellence (CoE) Champion Award for introduction of advanced training and certification for BIDW architects and consultants. In FY03-04 and FY04-05, he received the Best Faculty of the Year Award for his significant and effective contribution as a faculty member in the delivery of BIDW training. Previously in 2005, he received the Feather in My Cap (FIMC) Award for defining metrics for BIDW projects and establishing organizational norms. Prior to joining Estuate, Prem worked in various strategic positions at Wipro Limited and R S Software (India) Ltd. He holds an M. Tech in Computer Science from the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.
Nagaraja Kini
Founder and Chief Financial Officer
Nagaraja has more than two decades of engineering, business development, consulting, alliances and management experience in software development, integration and implementation. He has worked extensively with global teams to consistently simplify ERP implementations for businesses. Nagaraja brings with him the commitment, willingness, and capability to anticipate and act on the continually evolving needs of a business.
Prior to founding Estuate, Nagaraja served at Oracle as Director in Application and Industry Solutions group within Global Sales Support. Nagaraja holds a Master of Technology in Industrial Electronics from the National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, and a Bachelor’s in Engineering from the SJ College of Engineering, Mysore, India.
Marc Hebert
Chief Operating Officer
Marc joined Estuate in December, 2008 as its first Chief Operating Officer. Marc is a recognized expert on offshore outsourcing. He has appeared on CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight, was interviewed in Investor’s Business Daily, and has been widely quoted in major media publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Financial Times, New York Times and Boston Globe on offshore outsourcing. He is recognized as an “IBM Champion” for his role in expanding the market for IBM’s Information Lifecycle Governance product line.
Prior to Estuate, he served in leadership roles at large global corporations, including as the CMO at Virtusa Corporation; EVP, Marketing and Alliances for Sierra Atlantic; and Vice President for eight years at Oracle Corporation. Marc holds a Bachelor of Science degree in experimental psychology from Harvard University, and an MBA from Stanford University.
Seemakiran Upadhya
Global Delivery Head and Managing Director, India
Seemakiran brings to Estuate more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry. She has been successful in building high-performing teams for the Delivery, Sales, and Operations departments. She was instrumental in setting up Estuate’s India center. Prior to joining Estuate, Seemakiran worked at Satyam, where she developed, tested, and implemented software projects in Oracle Technologies across multiple domains. She is highly proficient at working with a global client base.
Seemakiran holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Karnataka University.
Prem Shankar Patel
Senior Manager
Prem brings nearly three decades of analytics and information management experience to Estuate. He is a recognized expert who has received several awards over the years. In 2003, he was awarded the Center of Excellence (CoE) Champion Award for introduction of advanced training and certification for BIDW architects and consultants. In FY03-04 and FY04-05, he received the Best Faculty of the Year Award for his significant and effective contribution as a faculty member in the delivery of BIDW training.
Previously in 2005, he received the Feather in My Cap (FIMC) Award for defining metrics for BIDW projects and establishing organizational norms. Prior to joining Estuate, Prem worked in various strategic positions at Wipro Limited and R S Software (India) Ltd. He holds an M. Tech in Computer Science from the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.
Sreekantha B. S.
Head Strategic Projects
Sreekantha brings to Estuate more than 33 years of experience in IT. He has successfully sold and delivered over 130 turnkey software projects worldwide for various clients across a variety of sectors - from software, finance, manufacturing, utilities, services, and more.
Prior to joining Estuate, Sreekantha led Buzznet (a Malaysian software company) for 17 years and Inventa Corporation (a US-based software company having an office in Malaysia) for 6 years. Through his experience, Sreekantha brings in-depth knowledge of software engineering, delivery, and implementation of software projects across all technology sectors that have emerged over the last 30+ years. Sreekantha holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics & Communications from Mysore University and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from Newport University, USA.
Naveen Shankar
Associate Director – Talent Acquisition
Naveen is a seasoned professional in the field of Human Resources and brings to Estuate a rich experience of 14 years. He holds more than 12 HR-related certifications, including some in the space of Diversity & Inclusion. Over the years, he has been consistently recognized as a change maker in his respective organizations.
Before joining Estuate, Naveen led ForthPage as the Director-Cofounder. He has also worked with organizations such as General Electric, Time Inc., and Lumen Technologies in critical HR-centric roles. Naveen holds a Master of Business Administration from XLRI - Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur.
Piyush Singh
Practice Head - Insurance
Piyush has fifteen years of work experience, including one year with Estuate. Piyush holds a Master of Computer Applications degree from Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune. Piyush is a highly accomplished professional with a wealth of experience in IT services and product engineering. Piyush has worked with PwC and Accenture in the past and his last positions were Delivery Manager and Dev Lead respectively.
He has received the Great Performance award from PwC and the ACE award from Accenture. Piyush has also delivered many end-to-end projects on a medium to large scale.
Subbarao Satyavolu
Vice President - Service Delivery, Americas
Subbarao is a results oriented Senior Leader with 30+ years experience in Enterprise Solution Consulting, Enterprise Program Management, Digital Enterprise Transformation/IT Modernization, Product Engineering, Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), IT Service and Operations Management (ITSM/ITOM) and Strategic Account management. Global experience in building & managing high performing teams in solving complex business & technological challenges for the clients
Subbarao is a proven problem solver with extensive experience in the IT industry. He has been recognized as an outstanding performer by his employers, Hitachi/Sierra Atlantic and Computer Sciences Corp (CSC). Subbarao has also been certified in Six Sigma and Project Delivery Excellence by CSC University. In addition, Subbarao is certified in Supply Chain Management and IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL). He holds an M. Tech in Computer Aided Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur.
Satya Bobba
SVP, Global Head of GRC and Customer Success
Satya Bobba brings more than 20+ years of experience in building market-leading enterprise SaaS products and solutions. Her experience spans engineering, cloud strategy, business development and customer success. Her passion is to help customers achieve GRC goals while simplifying their processes and reduce implementation costs. She brings more than 14 years of domain experience in building and delivering GRC solutions to top enterprise customers across Financial Services, Life sciences, Hi-Tech, Healthcare and Quality verticals.
Prior to joining Estuate, she worked at MetricStream as AVP Cloud Strategy, Global Head of Platform Engineering and Head of Advanced Engineering GRC Products and Services. Earlier in her career, at AOL and Netscape she held technical roles in enterprise server technologies and personalization frameworks. She has a bachelor degree in Computer Science from Andhra University.
Prasanna Kulkarni
Vice President - Sales and Marketing
Prasanna is a seasoned Technology & Sales leader with over two decades of valuable global experience. Prasanna has been with Estuate for the past 5 years, leading the Sales and Marketing department with excellence. Prasanna holds a Bachelor of Engineering from GCoE, Amravati and a Stanford Advanced Program Management qualification from Stanford Center for Professional Development. Before joining Estuate, Prasanna held various leadership roles at HCL, Wipro, Nihilent Technologies, and Godrej.
Stanley Perumal
Global Practice Delivery Lead
Stanley Perumala is the Global Practice Delivery Lead with 8.6 years at Estuate. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from International Technological University, which is his area of specialization. Stanley has 16 years of experience and has held various positions at Netpace, Cognizant and Hewlett-Packard.
He has received multiple accolades for his achievements such as building an innovation segment with zuora and leading the BRM practice. Stanley is a key contributor for the BRM practice, having built the team from the ground up and building the core team for the same.
Prakash Balebail
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Prakash brings more than two decades of software development & implementation experience, including over 16 years in several key roles in Oracle Corporation. His management principle has been to provide commitment to continuously improve how he serves all of his customers, partners, and employees by anticipating their needs and exceeding their expectations through a culture of creativity & forward thinking.
Prior to founding Estuate, Prakash was the Senior Director in Oracle Applications Global Sales Solutions team, which built complex Oracle E-Business Suite application demonstrations for Sales activities. Additionally, he had leadership roles in the development of Oracle’s much-acclaimed Business Flow Accelerator (BFA) for the E-Business suite. During this time, Prakash also built the highly-regarded India operations team from the ground up. Prakash holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Karnataka University in India.