During its annual IT predictions Webcast, analyst firm IDC Canada forecasted that 2016 is on track to become the year of the IoT developer as adoption in the enterprise begins to slowly ramp up.
“Canadian companies outside the technology sector are going to launch their own connected products and solutions,” according to Tony Olvet, group vice-president of the research team at IDC Canada. “All of these need to connect back to their owners. That requires developers.”
At the moment, he said, IoT development in Canada still lags behind its international counterparts. “The majority of Canadian enterprises are in that ad hoc or opportunistic phase.”
Shift from mobile to IoT
Last month, IDC conducted a Webcast where the analyst firm released its estimates of future global IoT adoption.
IDC forecasted that the number of installed IoT devices around the world will double to a total of 22 billion within three years.
More than 200,000 new IoT apps and services are expected to be created worldwide within that period as IoT spending continues to grow.
Frank Gens, senior vice-president and chief analyst at IDC, said companies should begin developing their IoT impact plans and start redirecting IT developer teams towards IoT instead of mobile development.
Canadian mobile market
IDC Canada sees the local smartphone market going down by 7.5 per cent in 2016 – this is the first time the analyst firm released a negative forecast for the market since IDC began tracking it.
Mobile apps adoption, however, will continue to grow. By 2018 nearly 60 per cent of Canadian businesses will have adopted a “mobile first” approach to app development.
IDC predicts the influx of more collaborative mobile apps in the enterprise. Adoption will likely be led by the airline industry and health sector.
Lars Goransson, group vice-president and general manager of IDC Canada said cognitive will be the “buzzword for 2016.”
Cognitive computing relates to the simulation of human thought processes in a computerized model. This branch of computing involves self-learning systems that use data mining, pattern recognition, and natural language processing to mimic the way the human brain works.
According to Goransson, at least half of all developers will include some cognitive attributes in the applications by 2020.
This could be bad news for many workers. IDC said as many as half of today’s supply chain jobs could disappear when cognitive computing begins to be integrated with robotics
He said cognitive apps will play an important role in healthcare, finance, retail, government and manufacturing.
While Canadian enterprises will be experimenting with cognitive computing by next year, the technology will not reach mainstream adoption until 2020 because of a shortage of analytics talent in Canada, Goransson said.
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