#eWEEKchat Tuesday, Nov. 10: New Tech to Expect in 2021

#eWEEKchat PREVIEW: Plan to join us on Tuesday, Nov. 10, for an #eWEEKchat about “New Tech to Expect in 2021,” and how IT will continue to innovate in the post-pandemic world--whenever that will begin.


On Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. PDT/2 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. GMT, @eWEEKNews will host its 92nd monthly #eWEEKChat. The topic will be  "New Tech to Expect in 2021,” and it will be moderated by eWEEK Editor Chris Preimesberger.

Some quick facts:

Topic: "New Tech to Expect in 2021”  

Date/time: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m. PDT / 2 p.m. EDT / 7 p.m. GMT

Participation: You can use #eWEEKchat to follow/participate via Twitter itself, but it's easier and more efficient to use the real-time chat room link at CrowdChat. Instructions are on that page; log in at the top right, use your Twitter handle to register, and the chat begins promptly at 11 a.m. PT. The page will come alive at that time with the real-time discussion. You can join in or simply watch the discussion as it is created. Special thanks to John Furrier of SiliconAngle.com for developing the CrowdChat app.

Our in-chat experts this month are Don Foster, Global Vice President of Sales Engineering at Commvault; Michael Ringman, CIO of TELUS International; Kobie Botha, Chief Product Officer at JourneyApps.

Chat room real-time link: Usehttps://www.crowdchat.net/eweekchat. Sign in with your Twitter handle and use #eWEEKchat for the identifier.   

Innovation: Where is it happening?

“First,” “only” and “new.” These are three words all tech journalists want to hear--as long as they’re not spin. If one or more of these words are included in a new product description, that’s cause for readability; if all three are relevant, then that probably signals a legitimate news story.

We love breaking news and analysis of valuable new products and services in eWEEK. This is a key part of our value proposition in this venerable publication, which began life as PC Week in 1984, the first year of the Macintosh PC. 

Here are just a few recent examples of IT innovation topics eWEEK has covered in this crazy pandemic year 2020:

IBM Z and Linux Innovation: 20 Years and Counting

HP Innovation Summit: From Consumer Products To MicroFluidics

How Cisco Systems Has Revved Up its Webex Innovation Engine

Pro Hearing Tech Reaches the Masses Through Earbuds

Celonis Launches IT’s First Execution Management System

Highlights from NVIDIA’s Landmark GPU Technology Conference

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold: Literally the Most Flexible Notebook

There are a lot more examples like this in the pages of eWEEK. This is what we do at our publication; we’re in constant contact with companies, thought leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and inventors to serve as a conduit for distributing cool IT product and service facts and figures. We also have a team of accomplished analysts (Rob Enderle, Charles King, Zeus Kerravala, Frank Ohlhorst, Roger Kay, Peter Burris, Brian Solis, Eric Kavanagh, Laurie McCabe and several others) who explain the business and technical values of new and innovative products and services.

In this next #eWEEKchat, we’ll discuss stories like those noted above and also talk about what we might expect from the IT world in 2021. With the continued addition of AI and ML in more and more apps and devices and 5G connectivity about to supercharge the engines we all use, the anticipation of even more great products is very high indeed.

The fact is, most of the IT innovation right now is coming from cloud-service providers such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, Zoom, Facebook, Google, Slack, TigerGraph, C3.ai, Atlassian and others. Innovation is also coming from IT-related companies in specific sectors, such as Tesla, Oracle, Accenture, Dell EMC and from a whole new crop of startups.

Remote workplaces forcing innovation

More and more enterprises are moving toward remote infrastructure--especially during the current global pandemic--indicating that a cloud-powered future is taking root and becoming standard. Managing cloud adoption is one of the enterprise’s top priorities for 2021 and for the next few years. A boom of new cloud services is, therefore, imminent. Most of these new apps will include some sort of automation and/or artificial intelligence as a component.

Seed questions

Here are examples of seed questions we'll pose to our audience on Nov. 10:

  • In what sectors of IT are you seeing real innovation at this time?
  • What new products did you see this past calendar year that were particularly useful for you?
  • What one product or service would you like to see come into the markets in 2021?
  • Who are some of the young startup “stars” in the cloud-service sector and what innovation do they bring to the table?
  • Identify some companies--older or younger--that you see innovating new products and services.
  • Name some companies that you wish would show innovation in their sectors.
  • Name an innovative product you use on a regular basis that didn't exist five years ago?
  • How is your own company innovating in its sector? Offer some specific examples.

Join us Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. Pacific / 2 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. GMT for an hour. Chances are good that you'll learn something valuable.

#eWEEKchat Tentative Schedule for 2020*

xJan. 8: Trends in New-Gen Data Security
xFeb. 12: Batch Goes Out the Window: The Dawn of Data Orchestration
xMarch 11: New Trends and Products in New-Gen Health-Care IT
xApril 8: Trends in Collaboration Tools
xMay 12: Trends in New-Gen Mobile Apps, Devices
xJune 9: Data Storage, Protection in a Hypersensitive Era
xJuly 14: Next-Gen Networking
xAug. 11: Next-Gen Cloud Services and Delivery
xSept. 8: Confidential Computing and Next-Gen Security
xOct. 13: Innovation at Legacy IT Companies
Nov. 10: New Tech to Expect in  2021
Dec. 8: Predictions and Wild Guesses for IT in 2021

*all topics subjects to change

Chris Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger is Editor-in-Chief of eWEEK and responsible for all the publication's coverage. In his 15 years and more than 4,000 articles at eWEEK, he has distinguished himself in reporting...