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SANTA CLARA, California, Jan 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- 2017 is finally here; what will it bring? Will it be the year when mobile technology is reconciled with what it should be used for (interactive communications, photography, commerce, and entertainment) rather than what some are using it for now (bullying, rumor mongering, threats and the spread of violence)? Will augmented and virtual reality services finally deliver on the long-term promise of improving ways to do business, and expanding ways to bring customer entertainment to a heightened sense of realism?

These questions scrape just the surface of what Frost & Sullivan's latest analysis, Stratecast Predictions 2017: The Year Ahead will address. The Stratecast | Frost & Sullivan analysis offers insights into 19 forecasted technology trends to expect within the next year and provides several views into the multiple dimensions of the communications marketplace, including those tied to:

  • Big Data & Analytics
  • Business Communication Services
  • Cloud Computing
  • Connected Home & Consumer Communication Services
  • Operations, Orchestration, Data Analytics & Monetization (ODAM)
  • Secure Networking

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In observance of the New Year and the growth opportunities it will bring, Stratecast | Frost & Sullivan is please to unveil two of the 19 technology trend predictions below:

1.    Return of the SI (Systems Integrator)

"After laboring to drive integration costs down, CSPs are seeing the trend forcibly reverse as unfamiliar technologies emerge, several environments simultaneously transform, and ecosystems diversify," said Tim McElligott, Senior Consulting Analyst, Operations, Orchestration, Data Analytics & Monetization (ODAM) Global Competitive Strategies, Stratecast | Frost & Sullivan. "System integration and consulting services will become major components of operations again."

2.    AI Rides Its Expanded Footprint to a Prominent Big Data Role 

"For decades, artificial intelligence (AI) was an interesting technology in search of viable commercial applications," noted Jeff Cotrupe, Industry Director, Big Data & Analytics at Stratecast | Frost & Sullivan. "Propelled by IBM and its Watson cognitive solution, the focus now is on using AI to search through massive volumes of raw data to provide actionable insight—sometimes in seconds.

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