brightsolid were delighted to hold their fourth annual Tech Trends breakfast at the Carmelite hotel in Aberdeen.

Tech Trends 2017

The event, aimed at end users and partners in Aberdeen’s IT community, brought upwards of 50 people together to discuss some of the latest trends in technology. We were joined by five excellent keynote speakers, read on for a summary of their discussions below.

Our first speaker was Ben Daniel from Bristow Group. Ben’s talk focussed on unmanned aerial systems including the advantages and constraints of using them and how it can complement your current kit.

After the keynotes finished Ben and some of his team demonstrated their technology during the networking session as they had brought some of their drones along to the hotel.

Secondly, we heard from a representative of the new innovation body- the Oil and Gas Technology Centre. An industry-led research and knowledge organisation that is backed by the UK and Scottish Government, their aim is to fund and direct projects that unlock the full potential of the UK North Sea. Steve spoke about four key trends they have been seeing across the energy industry:

  • Addressing corrosion, seeing many new sensor types that address this
  • Decommissioning – spurring some interest in robotics
  • Collaboration – cross industry interest
  • Trends towards a data driven world, from monitoring to where we are now to gaining insight and moving to predictive, and autonomous mode.

Return 2 Scene’s Sean Huff captivated the audience with a talk on visual technology, explaining that he is passionate about turning data into something that people can understand. He spoke about the desperate need to evolve this type of technology as the amount of data we hold increases and becomes more complex to understand. Organisations run the risk of putting their data into disparate silos, not getting the opportunity to grasp the bigger picture and understand how data can improve their business.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the technological topic of our time, but how can it affect the future of Council Services? We were delighted to be joined by Aberdeen City Council’s Head of IT and Transformation, Simon Haston. He believes that AI will help free employees from mundane tasks to focus on innovating and achieving strategic objectives. With demands on council services constantly increasing and budgets continually reducing, he is hoping that data driven automation, IT enhancements and artificial intelligence will be the key factor in improving council services.

Our final speaker of the morning was Energy Voice’s Editor, Rita Brown who had recently returned from participating at OTC in Houston. Rita shared insights from the Energy Voice’s latest report: #Oil2017 New World Order. Their research showed that oil and gas companies are feeling positive about technology and are actively looking for new ways to innovate. It was also argued that digital could shave 20% off Capex costs for the energy sector.

Thanks to everyone who came to our breakfast, we truly hope it surpassed your expectations.

Interesting in learning more about IT trends and innovation? One Gartner Analyst outlines 7 IT Trends that are changing 2017.