10 top technology trends to watch in 2019

Automation, biometrics, blockchain and quantum computing will be among the technologies having the greatest impact on business opportunities, says a new report from CompTIA.

10 top technology trends to watch in 2019

The newest member community established by CompTIA, the leading trade association for the global technology industry, is encouraging the adoption of new and emerging technologies to improve business outcomes, but in a rational, thoughtful way that makes sense for tech companies and their customers alike. “The channel is looking to cut through the consumer hype and build practices around those technologies that provide near-term and profitable extensions to their businesses,” said Jay McBain, principal analyst, global channels, Forrester Research, and vice chairman of the CompTIA Emerging Technology Community. ”These 10 technologies were stack-ranked by partners who are engaging with customers and finding interesting niches in the market.”

Impacting business opportunities and customer experiences

“It’s an exciting time for innovation on many fronts,” said Estelle Johannes, CompTIA’s staff liaison to the Emerging Technology Community. “The challenge for many organizations is to separate hype from reality, and to identify those new technologies that make the most sense for them. We’ve recruited some of the brightest minds in our industry to help lead that effort.” Among all the innovations generating a buzz in 2018, community leaders have identified 10 with the potential to make the greatest immediate impact on business operations for customers and to create business opportunities for IT channel companies. Here are the 10 trends they identified.
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Internet of Things

"The network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and connectivity which enables these objects to connect and exchange data."
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"The technology by which a process or procedure is performed without human assistance."
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Artificial intelligence

"Also known as machine intelligence, AI is intelligence demonstrated by machines, in contrast to the natural intelligence displayed by humans and other animals."
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Augmented reality / virtual reality

"Augmented reality (AR) is a direct or indirect live view of a physical, real-world environment. Virtual reality (VR) is a compute-generated scenario that simulates a realistic experience."

5G Wireless

"5th generation wireless systems, abbreviated 5G, are improved wireless network technologies deploying in 2018 and later."

3D Printing

"The process in which material is joined or solidified under computer control to create a three-dimensional object, with material being added together such as liquid molecules or power grains being fused together."


"Unmanned crafts that have a host of applications."
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"Also known as realistic authentication, biometrics is used in computer science as a form of identification and access control."
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"A continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography."
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Quantum computing

"Computing using quantum mechanical phenomena, such as superposition and entanglement."