The Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2014 – from the Global Technology Research firm, Gartner, Inc.

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Global Technology Research firm, Gartner never ceases to delight. At the recent Gartner Symposium/ITxpo earlier this month in Orlando, Florida, Gartner advised organizations to put the following ten technologies on their watch list!


These strategic technology have the potential to significantly impact companies in the short term. These emerging technologies will be disruptive to current IT and business. Some may require notable investment, providing benefits to early adopters and hurdles to those slower to embrace them. These technologies demonstrate a nexus of social, mobile, cloud and information which opens up new opportunities and risks.


Here’s a summary based on Gartner’s Press Release, but you can watch Gartner present these can’t-afford-to-ignore trends on the Gartner on Demand.


Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends:

Converging Forces …

1. Mobile Device Diversity and Management
Managing the ubiquitous connection and BYOD trend of intermingling personal and professional devices, is stressing organizations. Gartner recommends “that companies better define expectations for employee-owned hardware to balance flexibility with confidentiality and privacy requirements.”

2. Mobile Apps and Applications
“Apps will grow and applications will shrink” as ameliorated JavaScript performance will make of HTML5 and the browser a mainstream enterprise application development environment. Gartner suggests that developers aim at expanding UI models including expanded voice and video to connect people in new and different ways.

3. The Internet of Everything
The extension of the Internet to everything, including enterprise assets and consumer items, is largely unexplored. As we go from IoT > IoE (Internet of Things to Internet of Everything), management, monetization operation, and extension can be applied to people, things, information, and places.

4. Hybrid Cloud and IT as Service Broker
Gartner suggests that the future integration/interoperability of cloud services requires the rethinking of cloud design. More deployment compositions will emerge as cloud service brokerages evolve.

Derivative Impact …

5. Cloud/Client Architecture
The continuing evolution of power and capability of mobile devices is increasing the demand on networks, the cost of networks, and the need to manage bandwidth use. And as mobile users demand ever more complex uses, the need will be for higher levels of server-side computing and storage capacity.

6. The Era of Personal Cloud
The push for more personal cloud technologies will lead to a shift toward services and away from devices, as the personal cloud takes over some of the role that the various devices have traditionally had.

7. Software Defined Anything
Software-defined anything (SDx) is defined by “improved standards for infrastructure programmability and data center interoperability driven by automation inherent to cloud computing, DevOps and fast infrastructure provisioning.”

8. Web-Scale IT
Large cloud services providers such as Amazon, Google,, and the like are re-inventing the way in which IT services can be delivered.  Gartner suggests that IT organizations should align with and emulate the processes, architectures, and practices of these leading cloud providers.

Future Disruption …

9. Smart Machines
Smart machines may be the most disruptive era in the history of IT according to Gartner.. This will consist of propagation of: contextually-aware intelligent personal assistants, smart advisors, advanced global industrial systems, and autonomous vehicles.

10. 3-D Printing
At a 75% growth rate in the coming year and 200% in 2015, Gartner suggests that “the consumer market hype has made organizations aware of the fact 3-D printing is a real, viable and cost-effective means to reduce costs through improved designs, streamlined prototyping and short-run manufacturing.”

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