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    The Internet of Things is causing the worlds of informational technologies and operational technologies to collide, and this collision will only get louder as suppliers and enterprises confront its complexity, opportunities, and challenges. The IT and OT Convergence sector examines the communications and protocol technologies linking the physical and digital domains and vying to create the smart factories and next-generation industrial processes of the future. The next generation enterprise will also need to implement new technologies such as beacons, augmented and virtual reality, and innovative uses of wearable technologies to create a more seamless workplace of machines and people. Billions of new connected endpoints also require that security be a top priority from the shop floor through to the data center. Finally, special focus is given to key markets that present some of the greatest complexities and opportunities as IT and OT merge and compete, including smart transportation, smart cities, and industrial robotics.

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    B2B and B2B2C Artificial Intelligence: Bots Are The New GUI

    4Q 2016

    Bots—a form of scripting software that automates tasks—are the new GUI. Instead of touching or clicking on graphical icons and menus, text and verbal conversation will drive the next generation of the application interface. Chatbots add a conversational layer to these scripts to include messaging and natural voice inputs. The bot invasion in application development can be seen in a series of recent announcements where enterprise brands are adopting scripting in messaging platforms.



    Dominique Bonte

    Managing Director and Vice President, B2B

    Dan Shey

    Managing Director and Vice President, B2B

    Dan Kara

    Research Director

    Michela Menting

    Research Director

    Jeff Orr

    Research Director

    Patrick Connolly

    Principal Analyst

    Ryan Martin

    Senior Analyst

    Phil Sealy

    Senior Analyst