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The tech IT professionals love: 5G, cloud management, Graph API


Looking at the enterprise technology landscape, three areas have industry experts and watchers excited: 5G, cloud management and Graph API.

Much of this technology is just getting started. But participants in a recent IDG TECH(Talk) Twitter chat said they love what they’ve seen of it so far – and look forward to how this trio can improve the enterprise.

5G networks

Promising, interesting, game-changing – that’s how IT experts describe 5G. Despite wireless providers’ claims, 5G is not ubiquitous, and it won’t be anytime soon. It’s going to take time to get the infrastructure in place and have devices that can take advantage of it. And some, including Wayne Anderson, security and compliance architect at Microsoft, say the high speed and reliability advantages are still to be proven.

Still, the tests and use cases have IT professionals excited. The biggest appeal?  Increased speed. 5G networks have potential download speeds of 20Gbps, which is not only faster than 4G but faster than cable internet connections, according to Josh Fruhlinger in What is 5G? How is it better than 4G? Plus, 5G significantly reduces network latency, which is critical for Internet of Things uses such as telemedicine and autonomous vehicles that require fast transmissions.

“5G is looking extremely promising: better coverage, less energy consumption, low latency, high data rates. This is a game-changer that will take us to new levels,” said Scott Schober, CEO of Berkeley Varitronics Systems, during the Twitter chat. “We are working with a lot of the carriers and teams actively testing, and they are making some great progress. There is enough money and marketing behind this, so they have to make it happen sooner than later.”

5G installations are starting to appear, such as Whirlpool’s private 5G network, provided by AT&T for its fleet of driverless vehicles. The company is in the process of rolling out the 5G network across the plant, and hopes to make 80% of its 100 vehicles driverless. Other opportunities for the company include applications for the shop floor and emergency management.



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