The Disrupted Future of Business

Survey identifies five technologies that promise to change business practice.
The Disrupted Future of Business

THE FIVE TECHNOLOGIES with the most power to disrupt business in the future are the cloud, the Internet of Things, big data, artificial intelligence, and data analytics. That’s the conclusion of a new report by InsightBee, a custom research and analytics firm. The company surveyed IT directors, CIOs, and top executives at more than 340 companies in India, the U.K., the U.S., Germany, China, and Singapore.

The survey uncovered a wealth of other findings. For instance, 73 per­cent of Chinese leaders think there is a harmful effect on business when a company fails to embrace disruptive technologies, but only 19 percent of those at U.S. companies feel that way. Globally, one in three companies report that they lack a mechanism to measure the impact or ROI of adopt­ing disruptive technologies—but only 17 percent of Chinese firms feel they lack such a metric.

Over the next three years, 40 percent or more of the global companies surveyed say they will invest in cloud computing, big data, data analytics, the Internet of Things, and mobile apps and platforms. Over the next 12 months, companies in the U.S. anticipate making their biggest invest­ments in cloud computing, 3-D printing, advanced robotics, and big data.

“There is strong agreement across the board that disruptive technol­ogies will be game-changers, and you need to adopt them quickly to stay in the game,” says Manoj Madhusudanan, co-founder of InsightBee, a division of Evalueserve.

Read the Global Survey on 2017 Technology Trends at

This article appeared in print in the March/April 2017 issue.