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Smarter, faster AI and X analytics: Gartner unveils top 10 AI trends for 2020

By Shannon Williams
Tue 23 Jun 2020
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Smarter, faster AI, augmented data management and 'X analytics' are amongst the top technology trends for 2020, according to new analysis from Gartner. 

The analytics firm has released its top 10 data and analytics technology trends for 2020 that it says can help organisations prepare for a post-pandemic reset.

“To innovate their way beyond COVID-19, data and analytics leaders require an ever-increasing speed and scale of analysis in terms of both processing and access to succeed,” explains Rita Sallam, research vice president at Gartner. 

Sallam says data and analytics leaders should examine the following 10 data and analytics trends to accelerate renewal and recovery:

1. Smarter, Faster, More Responsible AI

By the end of 2024, 75% of organisations will shift from piloting to operationalising artificial intelligence (AI), driving a 5x increase in streaming data and analytics infrastructures.

"Within the current pandemic context, AI techniques such as machine learning (ML), optimisation and natural language processing (NLP) are providing vital insights and predictions about the spread of the virus and the effectiveness and impact of countermeasures," Sallam.

"Other smarter AI techniques such as reinforcement learning and distributed learning are creating more adaptable and flexible systems to handle complex business situations; for example, agent-based systems that model and stimulate complex systems."

2. Decline of the Dashboard

Sallam says dynamic data stories with more automated and consumerised experiences will replace visual, point-and-click authoring and exploration. 

As a result, the amount of time users spend using predefined dashboards will decline. The shift to dynamic data stories that leverage for example augmented analytics or NLP, means that the most relevant insights will stream to each user based on their context, role or use.

3. Decision Intelligence

By 2023, more than 33% of large organisations will have analysts practicing decision intelligence, including decision modelling, according to to Gartner. 

Decision intelligence brings together several disciplines, including decision management and decision support. It provides a framework to help data and analytics leaders design, model, align, execute, monitor and tune decision models and processes in the context of business outcomes and behaviour. 

4. X Analytics

Sallam says Gartner coined the term “X analytics” to be an umbrella term, where X is the data variable for a range of different structured and unstructured content such as text analytics, video analytics, audio analytics, etc.

"During the COVID-19 pandemic, AI has been critical in combing through thousands of research papers, news sources, social media posts and clinical trials data to help medical and public health experts predict disease spread, capacity-plan, find new treatments and identify vulnerable populations," she explains. 

"X analytics combined with AI and other techniques such as graph analytics will play a key role in identifying, predicting and planning for natural disasters and other crises in the future."

5. Augmented Data Management

Augmented data management uses ML and AI techniques to optimise and improve operations. It also converts metadata from being used in auditing, lineage and reporting to powering dynamic systems. 

"Augmented data management products can examine large samples of operational data, including actual queries, performance data and schemas. Using the existing usage and workload data, an augmented engine can tune operations and optimise configuration, security and performance," Sallam explains. 

6.Cloud is a Given

By 2022, public cloud services will be essential for 90% of data and analytics innovation. As data and analytics moves to the cloud, data and analytics leaders still struggle to align the right services to the right use cases, which leads to unnecessary increased governance and integration overhead. 

"The question for data and analytics is moving from how much a given service costs to how it can meet the workload’s performance requirements beyond the list price," Sallam says. 

"Data and analytics leaders need to prioritise workloads that can exploit cloud capabilities and focus on cost optimisation when moving to cloud."

7. Data and Analytics Worlds Collide

According to Gartner, data and analytics capabilities have traditionally been considered distinct entities and managed accordingly. Vendors offering end-to-end workflows enabled by augmented analytics blur the distinction between the two markets.

"The collision of data and analytics will increase interaction and collaboration between historically separate data and analytics roles. This impacts not only the technologies and capabilities provided, but also the people and processes that support and use them. The spectrum of roles will extend from traditional data and analytics to information explorer and citizen developer as examples." 

8. Data Marketplaces and Exchanges

By 2022, Gartner says 35% of large organisations will be either sellers or buyers of data via formal online data marketplaces, up from 25% in 2020. 

Data marketplaces and exchanges provide single platforms to consolidate third-party data offerings and reduce costs for third-party data.

9. Blockchain in Data and Analytics

Blockchain technologies address two challenges in data and analytics. First, blockchain provides the full lineage of assets and transactions. Second, blockchain provides transparency for complex networks of participants.

Outside of limited bitcoin and smart contract use cases, ledger database management systems (DBMSs) will provide a more attractive option for single-enterprise auditing of data sources. By 2021, Gartner estimates that most permissioned blockchain uses will be replaced by ledger DBMS products.

10. Relationships Form the Foundation of Data and Analytics Value

Sallam says by 2023, graph technologies will facilitate rapid contextualisation for decision making in 30% of organisations worldwide. 

"Graph analytics is a set of analytic techniques that allows for the exploration of relationships between entities of interest such as organisations, people and transactions. 

"It helps data and analytics leaders find unknown relationships in data and review data not easily analysed with traditional analytics."

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