ABI Research Whitepapers

It's not always easy keeping up with the latest trends, challenges, and market changes related to transformative technologies. Fortunately, our whitepapers can give you the intelligence you need.

All of our whitepapers are written by our analysts — proven, trusted, and experienced experts in fields such as mobile devices, 5G, Internet of Things, home automation, digital security, and other technologies that reshaping industries, workforces, and entire economies.

Check out our full library of ABI Research whitepapers below.

  • Artificial Intelligence Meets Business Intelligence

  • Sept. 27, 2019

    ABI Research forecasts that the total installed base of devices with Artificial Intelligence will grow from 2.694 billion in 2019 to 4.471 billion in 2024, as companies across the world—and across different industries—embrace the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI). There are billions of petabytes of data flowing through AI devices every day and the volume will only increase in the years to come. The challenge now facing both technology companies and implementers is getting all of these devices to learn, think, and work together. Multimodal learning is the key to making this happen, and it is fast becoming one of the most exciting—and potentially transformative—fields of AI.

  • The Five Myths of 5G

  • Sept. 5, 2019

    Despite the launch of 5G commercial services in the United States, Europe, South Korea, and Japan, the telecommunications industry is struggling to translate the potential of 5G into real commercial opportunities. Deploying a single 5G network that can address all requirements and pain points of multiple industry verticals has proven extremely difficult.

  • The 5 Reasons Why Your IoT Project May Fail

  • July 17, 2019

    The Internet of Things is the foundation upon which concepts like big data, connectivity, and machine learning can thrive — with the power to revolutionize organizations, industries, and economies. However, many IoT projects often struggle to scale, and investments in IoT often fail, due to companies' inability to understand and maximize its potential.

  • How to Optimize Digital Transformation in Manufacturing Companies

  • June 21, 2019

    With the continuous introduction of new technologies — artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, autonomous vehicles, digital twins, etc — the industrial and manufacturing industry is in the midst of a sea change. But for the companies in the industry, it can feel more like a river — one that is winding, quickening and getting more difficult to navigate by the minute. Every new technology coming down that river offers an opportunity to enhance your operation and grow your business. However, without the right understanding of these technologies — and how they fit together — it is impossible to know when to jump in, let alone where to go, what to do, and how to do it.

  • The 6 Biggest Cybersecurity Risks Facing Utilities

  • April 25, 2019

    The utilities industry is rapidly modernizing its infrastructure, adding more digitized equipment and connectivity across devices, plants, and systems. This evolution to “smart infrastructure” represents a positive, paradigm shift for the industry. Unfortunately, the security policies of many utilities have not evolved along with it, leaving them incredibly vulnerable. In this whitepaper, we’ll explore the evolving technological ecosystem, the mounting risks, and best practices for utility companies looking to steer clear of cybercriminals and threats.

  • The Industrial Revolution: Top Trends and Takeaways from Hannover Messe 2019

  • April 11, 2019

    The industrial, supply chain, and energy environment is facing significant global headwinds. Trade wars, political change, and global market mechanics are placing intense pressure on company outlooks. In response, many businesses are aggressively pursuing technology in order to increase productivity and drive profit margins. These were some of the critical themes to emerge at Hannover Messe 2019. Our analysts were at the conference, and they are sharing their first-hand intel to help you navigate this turbulent environment and seize new opportunities in our new whitepaper, The Industrial Revolution: The Top Trends and Takeaways from Hannover Messe 2019.

  • The Future of the Mobile Industry: 6 Brief Reads for Visionaries

  • March 7, 2019

    MWC 2019 could best be characterized as displaying an anxiety borne from an industry suffering from a combination of split personality disorder and ADHD. It is clear that we have an industry where its participants know there needs to be change, and without that change and a massive recalibration of its fundamental business model and modus operandi, it will become obfuscated. What we saw as a response to this deep-seated “need” is much misdirected energy and a lack of unification about how to achieve this massive change.

  • What Were the Bright Ideas That Visionaries Should Have Learned from CES 2019: 14 1-Minute Reads

  • Jan. 16, 2019

    With 180,000 visitors and more than 4,500 exhibitors, CES 2019 maintained the momentum from previous years at the intersection between consumer verticals (automotive, smart home, entertainment, and healthcare/wellness) and underlying technologies, such as computing and short-range wireless semiconductors and connectivity, AI (Artificial Intelligence), AR (Augmented Reality), robotics, and video. However, new and adjacent areas, including smart cities, retail, blockchain, and financial services, remained largely marginal. At the same time, focus was somewhat shifting from long-term visionary, transformational, and disruptive innovations to shorter-term incremental enhancements as well as using new technologies to improve existing products, services, and solutions.

  • The Use Cases of Quantum Computing

  • Dec. 7, 2018

    R&D advances represent the muscles of any advanced nation, and quantum computers are becoming essential for enabling great achievements in this area. The big economic powers are trying to move at the speed of light to establish their own quantum programs now. Investments in quantum computing market today is forecasted at US$177 million, but the total revenues are expected to substantially increase to just over US$15 billion by 2028. In this whitepaper, get an introduction to quantum computing, find out the hardware and software approaches are at stake, and learn about use cases emerging from this technology.

  • As-A-Service Model Key for Large-Scale Deployment of Indoor Location Services

  • Nov. 12, 2018

    Location-Based Services (LBS) have evolved dramatically over time and will continue to do so. The first waves of these services took the form of outdoor navigation services, proximity marketing solutions, and social applications that integrate points of interest. We are now starting to see the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) era, where many connected devices and objects will require high precision and seamless indoor and outdoor positioning technologies to enable use cases such as seamless way-finding, people and pet tracking, asset tracking, proximity services, geo-fencing, and geo-information services.

  • 2nd Annual Transformative Technology Trends Report

  • Nov. 6, 2018

    We are at two crossroads. The first is centered around fundamental operational realities that are beginning to take hold in many markets, combined with the notion that traditional methods for alleviating these accumulating pressures are proving less than optimal. Technology is being positioned as the force multiplier that will solve these issues. The second crossroad is centered around the outlook and fortunes of companies that supply technologies and technology-based services. The rapid growth of many of these companies was built around the consumer market or founded on IT and is now plateauing. Our second annual 3 BIG Trends Impacting the Most Compelling Transformative Technologies: 19 1-Minute Reads whitepaper will provide a first step in giving more clarity on technological choice, business application relevancy, and investment priority.

  • The American Industrial Revolution: Brief Reads for Visionaries

  • Sept. 21, 2018

    There are several emerging technologies that look set to enable manufacturers in developing markets to remain competitive: Additive manufacturing is on the cusp of being able to demonstrate its applicability for scale deployment. Generative design promises to reduce wastage, speed design processes, and revolutionize material usage. Virtualization, visualization, and digital twins are set to reduce machine downtime and machine commissioning time as well as improve the efficiency of all aspects of part and product manufacturing, from start to end. Cobots and autonomous material handling robots are set to enable a more efficient and zero touch environment that, not only optimizes the shop floor but also extends beyond the line to both ends of the process in the warehouse and eventually into the logistics supply chain. AI (Artificial Intelligence), sensorization, connectivity, and IoT (Internet of Things) will be key to optimizing productivity. However, they are currently being held back by conservative attitudes toward data management and connecting machines. This will change as the market pressure mounts. Download this whitepaper, “The Next American Industrial Revolution: Key Takeaways from IMTS 2018 and Hannover Messe USA – 4 Brief Reads for Visionaries,” that ABI Research discovered firsthand during the IMTS (International Manufacturing Trade Show) and Hannover Messe USA conferences.

  • Executive Summary: Smart Manufacturing Platform Ranking

  • July 26, 2018

    ABI Research published on July 19, 2018 a 35-page Competitive Assessment Report (CA-1254) that ranks 11 Smart Manufacturing platforms from major vendors. ABI Research ranked these platforms based on their proven innovation and implementation criteria framework.

  • The Top Strategic Recommendations for Industrial Technology Visionaries

  • June 28, 2018

    Manufacturers are increasingly turning to transformative technologies to support growth but also faced with numerous risks. ABI Research has identified several transformative technologies that manufacturers need to integrate into their digitization endeavors. Download our whitepaper to receive a high-level "Executive Overview" for each technology discipline as well as important "Strategic Recommendations."

  • Accelerating the Path to 5G with LTE Advanced Pro

  • June 25, 2018

    Mobile networks are in the middle of a vast transition, one that is more groundbreaking than any other periods of transition in the past 15 years: 5G is expected to bring a much bigger impact to the global economy than 3G and 4G. Mobile service providers transitioned from a voice-centric to a data-driven business model, which not only ushered in the era of the mobile Internet, but is now also creating new business opportunities in adjacent markets, including the Internet of Things (IoT), automotive, and many more.

  • Are Mobile Service Providers Doomed to Marginalization?

  • June 11, 2018

    Mobile service providers aim to address enterprise verticals, including manufacturing, transport and utilities, but have done little to truly address opportunities in these areas and build internal expertise before 5G achieves mainstream status. However, the discussions must be about solutions, not technologies. Uncover the opportunities available to MSPs, and what the future of the mobile industry holds in this enlightening whitepaper.

  • Automated Living: The Merging of Smart Mobility, Smart Cities and Smart Home

  • June 11, 2018

    This whitepaper focuses on the adjacencies and synergies between smart mobility, smart cities and the smart home. More importantly, how assets and technologies developed and deployed in one market can be leveraged for other markets. This can result in a more holistic and seamless experience and an automated living experience for consumers and citizens alike as well as optimized solutions across the markets.

  • The Rise & Outlook of Antennas in 5G

  • June 11, 2018

    The antenna has become a very complex and invaluable segment of the 5G network, and momentum is rapidly building up with 5G, particularly in light of recent announcements in the mobile service provider (MSP) world, on the standardization front, spectrum work and 3GPP, with Releases 15 and 16 making significant contributions. Our whitepaper takes a closer look at how antennas will become an increasingly critical element in the 5G network over the next several years.

  • How Blockchain is Impacting Manufacturing

  • April 11, 2018

    Blockchain is essentially a ledger technology that uses cryptography to provide an authoritative record of secure transactions. By doing away with a trusted centralized middle man responsible for the ledger, blockchain allows for a “trustless trust.” The three primary transformative features are immutability, transparency, and autonomy. This whitepaper details background information (defining blockchain, smart contracts and DAOs), industrial drivers, Industry 4.0 issues, barriers and challenges to blockchain, and blockchain use cases in industrial manufacturing and supply chain logistics.

  • The Top Questions & Answers Industrial Innovators

  • March 27, 2018

    What are the most compelling transformative technologies that will impact the industrial manufacturing market? From artificial intelligence and blockchain to IoT, this whitepaper provides the answers industrial innovators need to know.

  • Telco Innovation Benchmark

  • March 13, 2018

    ABI Research has attempted to measure telco innovation and benchmark leading global telcos in their efforts toward next-generation networks and, most important, toward 5G and enterprise verticals. To quantify telco technology and business innovation, ABI Research has assessed several metrics: patent portfolios, 3GPP contributions, open source involvement, R&D spend, and acquisitions and investments.