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Gartner Symposium ITxpo: Gartner Names Top 10 Tech Trends

Mobile and Cloud Innovations Dominate List of Trends from Top Researchers

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By: Roger Hughlett

October 9, 2013 | Analysts

Making a bit of news itself this week, Gartner released a new list of 10 technologies and trends that will affect most organizations in 2014.

Gartner defines a “strategic technology” as one with great potential to have a significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Some of the major factors researchers took into account included the technology’s potential for disruption to IT or business, the need for a major investment, or the risk of being late to adopt.

“We have identified the top 10 technologies that companies should factor into their strategic planning processes,” said Gartner Analyst David Cearley. “This does not necessarily mean adoption and investment in all of the listed technologies, but companies should look to make deliberate decisions about them during the next two years.”

You can read more about the trends and the research from Gartner here. But I’ll give you the 10 trends and a couple thoughts on each. In no particular order, here is the list:

1. Mobile Device Diversity and Management

There are unexpected consequences to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives, and the total number of mobile devices in use for a single organization is going to make managing those extremely important to enterprises.

2. Mobile Apps and Applications

HTML5 and the browser as a mainstream enterprise application development environment has opened up the flood gates for mobile apps. Developers will have to work harder because of increased competition but every business will be touched by mobile in coming years.

3. The Internet of Everything

The Internet is more than PCs and mobile devices. Now the Internet includes your refrigerator and your car. All that translates into more data to be crunched and analyzed.

4. Hybrid Cloud and IT as Service Broker

Combining personal clouds with external private cloud services is going to be a major trend as it has already gained considerable attention. Companies that are expanding into hybrid cloud computing from private cloud services are taking on the role of cloud service brokers (CSBs).

5. Cloud/Client Architecture

The client is a rich application running on an Internet-connected device and the server is a set of application services hosted in an increasingly elastically scalable cloud computing platform in the cloud/client architecture. The increasingly complex demands of mobile users will drive apps to demand increasing amounts of server-side computing and storage capacity.

6. The Era of Personal Cloud

The personal cloud era will mark a power shift away from devices toward services. Access to the cloud and the content stored or shared from the cloud will be managed and secured.

7. Software Defined Anything

Software-defined anything (SDx) is a collective term that encapsulates the growing market momentum for improved standards for infrastructure programmability and data center interoperability driven by automation inherent to cloud computing, according to Gartner. Vendors may not want to abide by standards that have the potential to lower margins and open broader competitive opportunities, even when the consumer will benefit.

8. Web-Scale IT

Web-scale IT is a pattern of global-class computing that delivers the capabilities of large cloud service providers within an enterprise IT setting by rethinking positions across several dimensions. Large cloud services providers such as Amazon, Google and Facebook are re-inventing how IT services are delivered.

9. Smart Machines

The smart machine era is set to explode with a proliferation of “contextually aware, intelligent personal assistants, smart advisors (such as IBM Watson), advanced global industrial systems and public availability of early examples of autonomous vehicles,” says Gartner. The future is now.

10. 3-D Printing

Worldwide shipments of 3D printers are expected to grow 75 percent in 2014 followed by a near doubling of unit shipments in 2015. Manufacturing on demand is within our reach and will be coming to major U.S. corporations soon.

Trends in Dynamic Case Management and BPM Software

Those interested in trends that are specific to case management and BPM software may want to check out recent research reports by CITO Research on search-based, natural language analytics and data-first development.

About the Author

Roger Hughlett was a member of the Marketing Team with MicroPact from 2013 - 2015.