As 2018 draws to a close, Matt Aslett, Research VP, 451 Research looks ahead to 2019 and the key trends the research company’s Data, AI and Analytics team is anticipating for the year ahead, including the continued rise of DataOps; the increased importance of data science operationalisation; mainstream adoption of AI and machine learning; data platforms evolution; and the confluence of distributed database and blockchain technology in supporting the move towards planetary-scale data processing and analytics.