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2021 and innovation trends that promise to revolutionize

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It is almost 2021 and hubs, trends, and technologies that promise to further transform the expanding market is coming with it. The so-called 4th Industrial Revolution marks an era of unprecedented innovation, and the changes and adaptations that needed to be made during the pandemic upgraded the society to a new digital level, a new reality.

In addition to the giants of innovation, such as Silicon Valley in the USA, Japan, and China, that has been taking up space in the New Economy, other countries, such as Israel and Portugal, also stand out. Despite being small, Israel is one of the most advanced countries in the world, according to the United Nations Global Innovation Index, and today it is recognized as one of the most important entrepreneurship hubs.

Portugal, on the other hand, overcame severe economic crises and today, thanks to a series of public policies focused on infrastructure, it has become a global house of startups, one of the world’s leading technology hubs. In addition to having a strong network of investors, the country also has a large “creative mass”, and it easily attracts talents from different cultures.

Strategies and Technologies for 2021

According to Gartner’s studies, the strategic technology trends for the next year involve about 3 main topics: People centricity, independence of location, and resilient delivery.

Experts from global markets, such as China, the USA, and Brazil, also emphasize that the focus will not be on the technology itself, but on the movement of the brands to act more humanely.

Combinatorial innovation becomes part of this new scenario and allows organizations to act with greater flexibility to face potential challenges of the coming years.

Top Strategic Technology Trends by Gartner


1. Privacy Enhancing Computation

This technology is an essential advance to guarantee the use of data without compromising confidentiality. Privacy-Enhanced Computation Techniques (PETS) use techniques to minimize the possession of personal data without losing the functionality of an information system.

2. Total Experience

Multi experience, customer experience, employee experience, and user experience are trends that reinforce the importance of keeping the relationships inside and outside the digital environment, changing the culture of companies, and transforming business results.

3. Internet of Behaviors

The use of data on digital habits to influence behaviors becomes an important tool for companies and public agencies in different countries; however, there is a concern about how to collect, browse, and use this information without violating the new law.

4. Distributed Cloud

Distributed clouds allow for a geographically dispersed infrastructure, but with governance and operations centralized in a single responsible provider. Greater cost reduction, security, and compliance for a market still in transformation.

5. Anywhere Operations

In short, this type of operation allows businesses to be accessed, processed, and delivered anywhere, regardless of where customers, employees, and partners are. A vital model for companies to grow in the face of the challenges generated by COVID-19.

6. Cybersecurity Mesh

This distributed architectural approach ensures greater control over all operations, with scalable, flexible, and reliable cybersecurity. A modular and responsive proposal, which centralizes the orchestration of security policies more quickly and effectively.

7. Intelligent Composable Business

In general, this trend emphasizes the importance of flexibility and agility in decision making by organizations. In order to do so, it is necessary to improve access to information, increase autonomy across the company, and enhance the ability to respond quickly to market changes.

8. AI Engineering

Instead of having isolated and specialized projects, A.I. engineering makes them part of the DevOps process and provides a clearer way to generate value in operationalization, in addition to increasing performance, scalability, and reliability.

9. Hyperautomation

Hyperautomation is driven by a scenario where companies become increasingly digital and with complex legacy business processes, which need optimized, connected, and accessible technologies.

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Sources: Gartner, Forbes