When it comes to the tech industry, it’s always riveting to look into the future. Tech holds so much in store for the world in 2017 that it is becoming increasingly hard to single out The Next Big Thing. There might be two, three, five of them coming at the same time: artificial intelligence with machine and deep learning; establishment of virtual and augmented realities; self-driving taxis and driverless product transit; comfort and consistency of IoT.
The important question is: how will these technologies influence the way enterprises work? And what’s happening in enterprise tech — and particularly enterprise software? First and foremost, the workforce steadily continues to go mobile as desktop becomes secondhand. Thus, more and more companies will develop business applications and enterprise software to empower their employees and clients. Companies will leverage big data, shift to microservices, and incorporate the latest in enterprise mobile security.
For a closer look, let’s explore what tech would bring to businesses through modern harbingers of change — startups. Some of them succeed, most of them don’t, but they always reflect the current tech trends.
Enterprise mobile security — Exabeam
This company from San Mateo, California offers enterprise security software that noses out digital James Bonds — internal hacker spies. The backbone of this software aegis consists of security-based data science and a sophisticated tracking system. According to Sequoia’s Carl Eschenbach, Exabeam’s feats also include simplicity and well-designed UX. Sounds like a great aid to enterprise mobile security.
Big data and business applications — Qubole
Big data hasn’t become that big yet, but this startup already plans to take it to the cloud. Qubole promises data scientists could easily take the information kept in commonly used storage systems, set it up in the cloud like Google or Amazon — and start their analysis. Backed up by $50 million funding and helmed by Facebook’s former big data team, Quoble could take enterprise cloud services and business applications to soaring highs.
Enterprise software for dark data— Lattice Data
A lot of useful big data is often dark — not collected and structured properly. Lattice’s proprietary software, built on top of Stanford’s DeepDive technology, would quickly shed light on “dark” information like text and images, which could be leveraged, for instance, in the sales process. Expect serious enterprise software — the startup is founded by Standford and Michigan University computer science professors.
AI in enterprise software — Prospera
Chatbots aren’t there yet, but Prospera has already started bringing AI to business — agriculture, to be specific. Gathering a team of computer scientists, physicists, and leaders of the industry, they developed a technology that monitors and analyzes plant’s entire life cycle using climatic data and visual data from the field. The information is then provided to growers — both on desktop and mobile, which would drastically improve enterprise mobility.
Enterprise mobility management products — WorldView
Though WorldView isn’t going to take the title of Space Galileo from Elon Musk, their idea could bring positive change to a lot of industries. The startup plans to send balloons into stratosphere that will allow, among other things like space travel, to collect data. The crux is it would be much cheaper than the expensive satellites available to very few corporations. This is enterprise mobility rocketed (or ballooned, to be more specific) straight into space.