The Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends to Focus on in 2015 from Gartner

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The Gartner symposium showcases analysts’ strategic technology trends with the most potential for impact over the next few years. These trends fall into three broad categories: the merging of the real and virtual worlds, the advent of intelligence everywhere, and the technology impact of the digital business shift.

As David Cearley, vice president & Gartner Fellow stated: “We have identified the top 10 technology trends that organizations cannot afford to ignore in their strategic planning processes. This does not necessarily mean adoption and investment in all of the trends at the same rate, but companies should look to make deliberate decisions about them during the next two years.”

These top strategic technology trends are:

Merging of the real and virtual worlds –

1. Computing Everywhere
2. The Internet of Things
3. 3D Printing

The advent of intelligence everywhere –

4. Advanced, Pervasive and Invisible Analytics
5. Context-Rich Systems
6. Smart Machines

The technology impact of the digital business shift –

7. Cloud/Client Computing
8. Software-Defined Applications and Infrastructure
9. Web-Scale IT
10. Risk-Based Security and Self-Protection

The differences between 2015 and 2014 predictions are fairly minimal in terms of category, the stand outs for next year are: “Advanced, Pervasive and Invisible Analytics”, “Context-Rich Systems”, and “Risk-Based Security and Self-Protection”. The following are excerpts high-lighting these new categories from the Gartner press release: Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015:

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Advanced, Pervasive and Invisible Analytics

Analytics will take center stage as the volume of data generated by embedded systems increases and vast pools of structured and unstructured data inside and outside the enterprise are analyzed. “Every app now needs to be an analytic app,” said Mr. Cearley. “Organizations need to manage how best to filter the huge amounts of data coming from the IoT, social media and wearable devices, and then deliver exactly the right information to the right person, at the right time. Analytics will become deeply, but invisibly embedded everywhere.” Big data remains an important enabler for this trend but the focus needs to shift to thinking about big questions and big answers first and big data second — the value is in the answers, not the data.

 

Context-Rich Systems

Ubiquitous embedded intelligence combined with pervasive analytics will drive the development of systems that are alert to their surroundings and able to respond appropriately. Context-aware security is an early application of this new capability, but others will emerge. By understanding the context of a user request, applications can not only adjust their security response but also adjust how information is delivered to the user, greatly simplifying an increasingly complex computing world.

 

Risk-Based Security and Self-Protection

All roads to the digital future lead through security. However, in a digital business world, security cannot be a roadblock that stops all progress. Organizations will increasingly recognize that it is not possible to provide a 100 percent secured environment. Once organizations acknowledge that, they can begin to apply more-sophisticated risk assessment and mitigation tools. On the technical side, recognition that perimeter defense is inadequate and applications need to take a more active role in security gives rise to a new multifaceted approach. Security-aware application design, dynamic and static application security testing, and runtime application self-protection combined with active context-aware and adaptive access controls are all needed in today’s dangerous digital world. This will lead to new models of building security directly into applications. Perimeters and firewalls are no longer enough; every app needs to be self-aware and self-protecting.

 

About Gartner

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Excerpts from the Gartner press release: Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015:

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