Strategic Technology Trends for 2013

Gartner-Top-Ten-Stategic-Tech-Trends-2013Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, identifies the top 10 technologies that will be strategic for most organizations by 2013. “IT leaders should factor into their strategic planning processes over the next two years,” said David Cearley, vice president and Gartner fellow.

The forces of social, mobile, cloud and information are converging with new and advancing technologies to revolutionize business and society, disrupting old models and creating new opportunities. Garnet calls this the “Nexus of Forces” and it is the basis of the technology platform of the future.

The top ten list:

Mobile Device Battles
Next year is the year that more mobile phones will access the internet worldwide than personal computers, and by 2015 in mature markets more than 80 percent of the handsets sold will be smartphones.

Mobile Applications and HTML5
The big six mobile architectures (native, special, hybrid, HTML 5, Message and No Client) will remain popular, but as HTML5 evolves and strengthens, the trend will be away from native apps to web apps.

Personal Cloud
Instead of keeping personal files at home on the PC, personal clouds will become the storage location of choice allowing access to data, services, and preferences from any location. Platform neutral, managed diversity and mobile device management will be the rule of the day.

Enterprise App Stores
By 2014 IT departments will deliver the organizations mobile apps to employees through private application stores. The role of IT evolves to manage governance and brokerage services to users.

The Internet of Things
The growing connection of devices to the internet through embedded and mobile technologies such as sensor devices, image recognition technologies, and mobile payments is enabling a vast array of new applications and services, as well as challenges.

Hybrid IT and Cloud Computing
IT departments are starting to manage the various distributed cloud services for internal users and external customers, giving rise to the role of ‘internal cloud services brokerage’.

Strategic Big Data
Evolving from single project databases, Big Data is being positioned as the enterprises’ strategic information architecture. Harnessing Big Data will require multiple systems, including content management, data warehouses, data marts and specialized file systems tied together with data services and metadata.

Actionable Analytics
The next generation of Analytics will provide simulation, prediction, and optimization of decision-making for all business processes.

In Memory Computing
The possibility of concurrently running transactional and analytical applications against the same dataset opens unexplored possibilities for business innovation.

Integrated Ecosystems
The market is undergoing a shift to more integrated systems and ecosystems, offering lower cost, simplicity, and more assured security.

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Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013

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