Lauren Pytel and I recently reviewed 2017 predictions from twenty-one HCM thought leaders to see if the future will look much different from the past. We identified 13 general trends. Then, because I like wine, we categorized the trends using the newly developed HCM Technology “Wine Bottle Index” (WBI).
- Old vs New Wine: A ‘1’ on the wine scale means the trend is “old wine”; it is not a new idea or concept. A ‘5’ means it is something that has not shown up in forecasts from previous years.
- Old vs New Bottles: A ‘1’ on the bottle scale means little has changed in the technology associated with the trend. A ‘5’ means the trend is radically transforming due to technology, innovation.
- Bottle size: We divided the trends into four categories based on their prevalence. From smallest to largest they are split, liter, magnum, and jeroboam.