YPO Global Pulse: The Business Impact of 10 Disruptive Technologies

The new YPO Global Pulse focuses on gathering insight from chief executives around the world on those topics that influence businesses, leadership and impact.

The March 2018 Global Pulse survey provides learning about the understanding, attitudes and investment plans of chief executives around the world, regarding the 10 disruptive technologies that are attracting attention right now.

The survey was conducted between 6-15 February 2018 and gathered learning from 842 YPO members across 28 industry sectors and 15 regions of the world.

Last Updated: March 2018

Key Findings

  • Of the 10 technologies surveyed, cloud computing and business intelligence (BI) are key technologies attracting the most widespread attention and investment among most CEOs globally.
    • Two-thirds of chief executives surveyed said cloud computing and business intelligence are likely to impact their businesses this year, and more than half expect to invest in these technologies in the next 12 months.

  • Given the scale and severity of recent high-profile consumer data breaches, cybersecurity is a disruptive technology that chief executives have prioritized, with 53% of chief executives expecting it to impact their business and 47% stating that they are likely to invest in cybersecurity technology in the coming year.
  • Although artificial intelligence (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are widely noted as technologies likely to impact most industries, most CEOs surveyed are not actively investing in those technologies yet.
    • Within architecture and engineering sectors, 83% of business leaders expect VR to impact their business and 64% plan to invest in it over the next 12 months, as compared to only 23% of all chief executives surveyed willing to invest in these technologies now.

  • Similarly, artificial intelligence (AI) is perceived as likely to impact businesses, but CEOs are less likely to invest in AI this year as cloud computing, business intelligence, cybersecurity and digital/mobile payment applications, which are commanding more immediate attention and likely candidates for investment in the next 12 months.
  • Although there has been much media attention and discussion around blockchain and cryptocurrency, most CEOs do not see either of those technologies as particularly likely to impact their businesses and are not likely to invest in those technologies. However, blockchain has gained the attention and investment of CEOs in the financial services sector.
    • More than half (58%) of chief executives in financial services expect blockchain technology to impact their organization over the next 12 months, and as many as 40% expect to make investments in the technology.

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