In case you missed it, Gartner recently announced their latest revision to their strategic technologies list. The revised list is announced annually at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando. This post provides an overview of the trends on Gartner’s list of Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014. The ten are all very important, but I wonder why Big Data, Analytics, and Social are not mentioned. Regarding #9 Smart Machines, I think we are a few years away from seeing a smart machine market fully develop, but when cognitive systems do go mainstream, the impact will be highly disruptive across all business processes and enterprise applications.
1) Mobile Device Diversity. Gartner says the explosion of mobile devices and user interfaces will make “everything everywhere” strategies unachievable from now through 2018. Bring your own device (BYOD) programs have caused IT and Finance organizations a bunch of stress. Gartner recommends a complete review of BYOD programs to better define expectations and to balance flexibility with confidentiality and privacy requirements.
2) Mobile Apps & Applications. Gartner says HTML5 and mobile browsers will be the focus of enterprise application development. Developers should focus on improving the user interface via richer voice and video in order to connect people in new and different ways. It’s like a gold rush era for creating apps for all different and we should not expect any consolidation to happen soon.
3) The Internet of Everything. Internet of Things (IoT) is now increasingly being referred to as the Internet of Everything (IoE). Sensors and devices are increasingly being embedded into all sorts of enterprise assets and consumer items. Gartner says that most organizations have not yet fully grasped the potential of IoE and not operationally or organizationally ready. Gartner identifies four basic usage models that are emerging: Manage, Monetize, Operate, Extend and recommends these four basic models should be applied to any of the four “internets” (people, things, information and places).
4) Hybrid Cloud and IT as Service Broker. Gartner says the future of cloud computing are hybrid clouds. This is an environment where clouds can talk to each other. So enterprises should design private cloud services fro the ground up so that full integration/interoperability is possible.
5) Cloud / Client Architecture. Gartner says that cloud and client computing models are shifting. In the future cloud and 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. The cloud is the control point and system, and applications can span multiple client devices.
6) The Era of the Personal Cloud. Gartner says that there is a shift in importance coming away from personal devices and towards personal cloud services. Users will use a collection of internet connected devices. The personal cloud and the applications we all run as individuals will become the core control point.
7) Software Defined Everything (SDx). Gartner sees an increased role for software in the datacenter. Software is now able to data center more hardware more efficiently and easily than ever imagined before. With Software-Defined Everything, the computing infrastructure is virtualized and delivered as a service. Gartner says there is growing market momentum for improved standards for infrastructure programmability and data center interoperability driven by desires to implement cloud computing, DevOps and fast infrastructure provisioning.
8) Web Scale IT. Gartner says that large cloud services providers such as Amazon, Google, Salesforce.com, and others are re-inventing the way in which IT services can be delivered. Gartner recommends that IT organizations should align with and emulate the processes, architectures, and practices of these leading cloud providers.
9) Smarter Machines. Gartner suggests that the “the smart machine era will be the most disruptive in the history of IT”. Gartner further predicts that “Through 2020, the smart machine era will blossom 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. Gartner says that the market for smart machines will include solutions like
- contextually aware, intelligent personal assistants
- smart advisors
- advanced global industrial systems
- autonomous vehicles
10) 3D Printing. According to Gartner, 3D printing is not just for printing toys and jewelry. Gartner says that 3D printing will have a high impact on many industries, including consumer products, industrial and manufacturing. Gartner is predicting that shipments of 3-D printers will grow 75 percent in 2014 and 200 percent in 2015.