This year’s Accenture Technology Vision highlights five emerging themes “that reflect the shifts being seen among the digital power brokers of tomorrow.” These five trends represent Accenture’s newest stance that “every business is a digital business,” which was first introduced in the 2013 report. Each year, Accenture’s Technology Vision identifies the emerging technology trends that will impact large enterprises in the next 3-5 years. The 2015 Executive Summary has been made available and the full report will be released Feb. 17. You can read the Executive Summary and overview of the report hereThe five key trends are: The Internet of Me, Outcome Economy, Platform(R)evolution, Intelligent Enterprise and Workforce Reimagined. Here are selected trend highlights, directly quoted from the Executive Summary:

The Internet of Me: Our world, personalized. As everyday objects are going online, so too are experiences—creating an abundance of digital channels that reach deep into every aspect of individuals’ lives…. To gain control over these points of access, they are creating highly personalized experiences that engage and exhilarate consumers—without breeching the customer’s trust.

Outcome Economy: ….As leading enterprises come face-to-face with the IoT, they are uncovering opportunities to embed hardware and sensors in their digital toolboxes. They are using these highly connected hardware components to give customers what they really want: not more products or services, but more meaningful outcomes.

The Platform (R)evolution: Defining ecosystems, redefining industries. Among the Global 2000, digital industry platforms and ecosystems are fueling the next wave of breakthrough innovation and disruptive growth….In short: Platform-based ecosystems are the new plane of competition.

Intelligent Enterprise: Huge data, smarter systems—better business. ….Business and technology leaders must now view software intelligence not as a pilot or a one-off project, but as an across-the-board functionality—one that will drive new levels of evolution and discovery, propelling innovation throughout the enterprise.

Workforce Reimagined: Collaboration at the intersection of humans and machines. ….Advances in natural interfaces, wearable devices, and smart machines will present new opportunities for companies to empower their workers through technology.

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