F5 Announces Future of Apps Report Forecasting Radical Changes in Society

  • EMEA Report Predicts How Applications Will Dramatically Change the Way We Live and Work

F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) today unveiled a dedicated report on the future of applications, highlighting major trends and projections that will significantly impact society.

Commissioned by F5 Networks, a leading application security and cloud solutions expert, the Future of Apps draws upon research conducted by The Foresight Factory. The report leverages a proprietary bank of technological and sociological trends, combined with original research from 25 markets across EMEA, and interviews with leading experts and eminent entrepreneurs specialising in the automation, biometrics, IT and technology sectors.

The Future of Apps highlights the evolution of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, as well as the need for new collaborative models to support heightened transparency demands. It also charts the rise of new app interfaces (including augmented and virtual reality) and the potential-rich influence of blockchain technologies and edge computing.

 “This unique report provides an insightful view into the future of apps and the rapid transition to a powerfully immersive digital and app-centric society,” said Josh McBain, Director of Consultancy, Foresight Factory.

“Physical and digital worlds are blurring. We now have the opportunity for unprecedented productivity and efficiency at both a corporate and individual level.  More than ever before, embedded biometrics and AI will enable humans to take greater control of their personal data. However, these technological shifts will bring significant risks to an increasingly fraught threat landscape, including the dangers of self-replicating AI, autonomous vehicle hacks or the weaponization of the Internet of Things. We now need to be prepared for when cybercriminals hack the human or even breach the brain.”

Lizzie Cohen-Laloum, Senior Vice President EMEA Sales, F5 Networks, said:“There is growing pressure on organisations and developers to stay relevant. Demands are changing at lightning pace and security concerns are surging. The Future of Apps indicates how the balance of power is shifting away from businesses, creating immense opportunities for those capable of delivering apps with speed, adaptive functionality and security. This is particularly true as apps increasingly harness the cloud and sit at the heart of complex ecosystems incorporating everything from voice and biometrics to haptics and augmented reality.”