Gartner is an information technology research and advisory company. David Cearley is the vice president of Gartner and he wrote, “These technologies are emerging amidst an integration of several forces – social, mobile, cloud and information. Together they are revolutionizing business and society, disrupting old business models and creating new leaders.” The top 10 strategic technology trends for 2013 include:
The growth in mobile phone use for Web access, data access and business is starting to take over PCs, ending Window’s dominance over corporate platforms. Windows is now only one of a variety of environments IT will need to support.
This fact emphasizes the importance of IT departments to be able to troubleshoot and support a myriad of mobile devices for different platforms. One size does not fit all.
David Cearley the vice president of Garner wrote: “”By 2015 media tablet sales will reach around 50% of laptop shipments and Windows will be in third place behind Android and Apple… We believe that Microsoft’s share of the client platform (PC, tablet, smartphone) will likely be reduced to 60% and it could possibly fall below 50%.”
Growth of mobile centric apps and interfaces
By 2014, there will be more than 70 billion mobile application downloads from app stores. These apps will change the way we interface with our devices and apps through voice, touch, or gestures.
End User experience
A new recent development is context-aware computing or using information about an end user’s environment, activities, connections and preferences to improve the quality of user interaction. A contextually aware system will anticipate the user’s needs and proactively serve up the most appropriate, customized content, products or services.
“Internet of Things”
The physical world itself is becoming a type of information system. This process is called the “Internet of Things”, where sensors and actuators embedded in physical objects—from roadways to pacemakers—are linked through wired and wireless networks, often using the same Internet Protocol (IP) that connects the Internet.
The “internet of things” is the notion and process of more objects are becoming embedded with electronic sensors and gaining the ability to communicate. These new developments of information networks are forecasted to create new business models, improve business processes, and reduce costs and risks.
More companies will adopt cloud methodologies. Going forward, enterprise IT will be concerned with developing hybrid private/public cloud apps, improving security and governance, stated Cearley.
The amount of data in our world has been increasing rapidly, and analyzing large data sets—so-called big data—will become key to business competition, understanding new waves of productivity growth, innovation, and consumer surplus, according to research by MGI and McKinsey’s Business Technology Office. The increasing volume and detail of information captured by enterprises, the rise of multimedia, social media, and the Internet of Things will ensure continued exponential growth in data for the future.
Virtually integrated IT environments
Virtual applications are increasingly prevalent in current IT environments. Virtualization allows businesses to tap into resources in an inexpensive manner. Resources are distributed and designated to handle specific workloads, making them scalable. Virtualized IT environments can be distributed across data centers and geographies among many other benefits.
Enterprise App Stores
Enterprise application stores are on the rise. These enterprise apps will let IT manage and control certain apps. Their true value is behind the corporate firewall, where IT can maintain security and control, and where employees can get the apps they need, when they need them, in a user-friendly, familiar self-service environment.