This study places the key digital technologies which will be adopted by 2030 into a broad yet deep perspective.

Its ranking of the most promising technologies in the period ahead is based on a diversity of sources. They range from existing third-party analyses and the founded viewpoints of the IDATE DigiWorld technology analyst to an extensive survey held among a community of technology experts and innovators.

Beyond the ranking, the study offers an analysis of the survey results, presenting aspects not only of the future of technology but also how they could affect business ecosystems and market uptake. It covers five domains: hardware, software/IT, network and telecommunications, user experiences and interfaces, and cybersecurity.
In all, over 50 technologies were considered as part of the survey.

To deepen the perspective even further, the report reassesses the evolution of previous forecasts in earlier IDATE studies of key technologies. The outcome is a roadmap of innovations which reflects the maturity and adoption levels of technologies in the time ahead.

Table of contents

1. Executive Summary
1.1. Key findings

2. Methodology and Definitions
2.1. The concept of ‘key technology’
2.2. Study methodology

3. The Top 15: The defining technologies of 2030
3.1. Top 15 technologies
3.2. Quantum computing
3.2.1. Concept and definitions
3.2.2. Use cases
3.2.3. Main players
3.3. Machine learning / deep learning / artificial intelligence
3.3.1. Concept and definitions
3.3.2. Growing features on the business and industrial landscape
3.3.3. Entering a new decade of AI
3.4. Edge computing
3.4.1. Concept and definition
3.4.2. A large range of applications
3.4.3. Main players

4. Analysis by Technology Domain
4.1. Hardware in 2030
4.2. Software in 2030
4.3. The network in 2030
4.4. User experience in 2030
4.5. Cybersecurity in 2030

5. Digital technologies 2015-2030
5.1. Previous studies and forecasts
5.2. Innovation map
5.3. Mainstream technologies
5.4. Wild cards technologies
5.5. Usual suspects and late bloomers

6. Annex: The 50 technologies reviewed in the survey
The 50 technologies reviewed

List of tables and figures

List of tables and figures

• The general study methodology
• Top technologies of 2025
• Top technologies of 2030, Top 10 technology families of 2030
• List of qubits technology currently developed in the world
• Multiple potential use cases and involvement of major industrial players
• Players involved in quantum computing
• List of verticals with an increase focus on machine learning / deep learning
• Breakdown of verticals by number of implementations in edge computing
• List of verticals with a growing focus on edge computing
• Main players of edge computing market, by type
• Ranking of hardware technologies
• Hardware technologies: drivers and barriers, by technology
• Ranking of software technologies
• Software technologies: drivers and barriers, by technology
• Ranking of network technologies
• Network technologies: drivers and barriers, by technology
• Ranking of UX technologies
• UX technologies: drivers and barriers, by technology
• Ranking of cybersecurity technologies
• Cybersecurity technologies: drivers and barriers, by technology
• Where are the technologies of 2030 positioned on the innovation map

Geographic area



  • Accenture
  • Airbus
  • Alibaba
  • Amazon
  • Amgen
  • AT&T
  • Atos
  • AWS
  • Baiduank of Austria
  • Barclays
  • BASF
  • Bayer
  • Bell Labs
  • Biogen
  • BMW
  • Bosch
  • BP
  • BT
  • Cisco
  • CiviQ
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Dassault Systems
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Dow Chemical
  • Dubai Electricity & Water Authority
  • DuPont
  • D-Wave
  • ExxonMobil
  • Fujitsu
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • Government of Switzerland
  • Honeywell
  • HPE
  • Huawei
  • IBM
  • IDQ
  • Intel
  • IonQ
  • JP. Morgan
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Microsoft
  • Mitsubishi
  • NASA
  • Nokia
  • Northrop Grumman
  • NSA
  • QCI
  • Qualcomm
  • QuintessenceLabs
  • Raytheon
  • Rigetti
  • UK Army
  • US Army
  • Volkswagen

Other details

  • Reference: M20640MRA
  • Delivery: on the DigiWorld Interactive platform
  • Languages available: English
  • Tags: cybersecurity, hardware, IT, key digital technologies, network, software, telecommunications, user experience

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