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Emerging Technologies

Emerging technologies such as machine learning, blockchain, voice-enabled solutions, and process automation have all grown increasingly popular in recent years. Whether a technology is brand new or has been gaining traction over time, it’s natural to question how these emerging trends can drive value for your customer base or create new possibilities for your business operations. Maintaining up-to-date relevance over our 45-year history, we provide practical guidance for applying the latest technology within the context of your business. Our outlook is pragmatic—just because a technology is new and trendy, doesn’t mean it is right for your business. We’ll work with you to uncover and explore new emerging tech use cases through proof-of-concept or pilot programs. Then, if and when the time comes to implement, you’ll be ready. Our collaborative approach marries new tech with the strengths and drivers of your ecosystem—to go beyond strategic thinking to make innovation a reality, whether that means building new ways to engage customers or creating solutions that disrupt your market.

Areas of Expertise

Our areas of expertise continually evolve depending on the use case and latest applicable processes and tools. Recent initiatives and feasibility explorations include:
  • Blockchain / Distributed Ledger Technology
  • Business Process Automation
  • Robotic Process Automation
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Machine Learning (ML)
  • Extended Reality (XR)
  • Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Voice-Enabled Technology
  • Conversational Architecture (e.g. Alexa)

Use Case Exploration

Our experts help clients explore the value of emerging technology through innovation sessions and comparative hackathons. We also educate business and technical stakeholders through focused hands-on technology demonstrations and provide guidance in each stage of the solution development.
Form ideas for business improvement

We offer emerging technology workshops and competitive hackathons where stakeholders can build upon their own internal expertise through a focused, hands-on experience.

Learn and experiment quickly

We help you to learn about new technology and experiment in quick iterations, guiding you to apply the latest tech concepts to specific, relevant use cases.

Enrich knowledge across teams

We help you to understand the magnitude of effort associated with emerging tech initiatives and clarify which concepts are most valuable to your organization.

Technology Readiness Assessment & Proof-of-Concept

You’ve identified a preferred technology and want to build a convincing case to prove your business is ready to use it. Now what?
Technology Overview and Use Cases Evaluation

Receive guidance to gain an understanding of key concepts for a technology, identify how it impacts your business, and evaluate possible use cases relevant for a proof-of-concept.

Current State Analysis and Roadmap

Conduct an analysis of your current environment to identify strengths, gaps, and desirable components for integrating future solutions related to the selected emerging technology.

Single Use Case Proof-of-Concept (PoC)

Develop a functioning software solution, using agile methodologies and SPR’s technical subject matter experts, along with cloud architecture and UI/UX design and development. Determine next steps to derive value, based on findings from new working software.

Blockchain Exploration: Exploring Blockchain in the Building Technology Industry

Blockchain Exploration: Exploring Blockchain in the Building Technology Industry

A facility-monitoring services provider chose a single use case to explore how blockchain technology enables regulators and facility operators to ensure compliance and better monitor the facilities that house highly-regulated materials. SPR developed a blockchain solution that could be compared to legacy processes and applications, leading to a deeper understanding of the newer tech and possible adoption scenarios.