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AI, 5G and IoT the top emerging technologies for 2020: CompTIA

July 2, 2020  

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July 2, 2020 – Artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G wireless networks will have the biggest impact on companies involved in the business of technology in the coming years, according to the Emerging Technology Community of CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association).

Those two technologies lead the community’s 3rd annual list of the emerging technologies that offer “the most immediate opportunities for tech firms to generate new business and revenues”.

“Our ranking represents a consensus viewpoint that emerged after some spirited debate and discussion with the community,” said Microsoft’s Michael Haines, who also chairs CompTIA’s Emerging Technology Community.

IoT led the pack in 2019, but has slipped to 3rd Place for 2020.

“We’re not proposing that every solution provider and channel partner needs to immediately add these technologies to their menu of products and services,” Haines added. “But these innovations will have a sweeping impact on the business of technology. Companies need to prepare now for the sea changes ahead.”

“Of the two, AI is probably going to have the most short-term impact as it becomes embedded in almost every software system, and is used in process automation to make increasingly smarter systems,” said John Rice of Think Channel LLC, and member of CompTIA’s Emerging Technology Community executive council.

“5G’s effect will take a little longer to be seen, but will be no less impactful, providing the increased speed and decreased latency to give other technologies the foundation they need to reach their potential.”

Augmented and virtual reality and biometrics also moved up on the 2020 list, while blockchain and robotics slipped a few positions. Natural language processing and quantum computing were added to this year’s list. Drones and 3-D printing dropped out of the Top 10.

CLICK HERE to check out CompTIA’s full infographic.