Envisioning the Future of IT Sets the Stage for Disruptive Change

IT has taken on a pervasive role in the world economy, fostering innovation at an incredible pace. Because of this, it is hugely important to predict where the IT industry is heading in the near and long term. 

Get insights from our top executives on how Cisco Technology Radar foresees emerging technology transitions, builds visions around them, and shapes our internal and external innovation strategy.

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Innovation is accelerating in IT

Megatrends and transitions are occurring in months rather than years. From mobility and video to cloud and network programmability, there is no end in sight.

The implications of this are amazing. Faster rates of new product introduction. Increasing product complexity. And a highly volatile technology landscape, where disruption occurs more easily.

IT Innovation is expanding other industries’ technological frontiers

Innovation within the industry is a pivotal source of growth. IT innovation is overflowing into distant domains, expanding other sectors’ technological frontiers.

Consider, for example, Internet protocols like IPv6. Since its introduction, IPv6 has accelerated innovation across a wide range of industries, including the medical sector with e-health and the automotive industry with connected cars.

Crucial enabling factors speeding up innovation in IT

Many factors contribute to this sustained progression and widening impact, including:

  1. Increased research and development (R&D) spending: The information and communications technology (ICT) industry invested $139 billion in 2013 and is the largest private-sector R&D investor in the United States. This investment translates yearly into thousands of patents filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  2. Access to venture capital funding: This has allowed for the creation of new ventures and sustained the development of small startups. Venture capitalists have invested considerable funding in the ICT industry, ranging from software to mobility. And, more recently, to the Internet of Things (IoT).
  3. Talent development: Since the year 2000, the top 250 ICT companies have employed 4 percent of the entire business sector in the United States. The industry consistently attracts and feeds new talent.


Cisco Technology Radar envisions the future of IT

To continue advancing the technological frontier, and encouraging global economic growth, we need a comprehensive vision of where the IT industry is heading.

Cisco Technology Radar meets this need. It is the foundation of Cisco internal and external innovation strategy. 

The program builds on Cisco employees’ passion for technology combined with data-driven inputs from the latest trends in academic research, patenting activity, and venture capital funding.

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