Gartner - Top 10 technology trends 2014
Post on 13-Sep-2014
Gartner: Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2014
The Internet of EverythingThe Internet is expanding into enterprise assets and consumer items such as cars and televisions. The problem is that most enterprises and technology vendors have yet to explore the possibilities of an expanded Internet and are not operationally or organizationally ready. Gartner identifies four basic usage models that are emerging: Manage Monetize Operate ExtendThese can be applied to people, things, information, and places, and therefore the so called Internet of Things will be succeeded by the Internet of Everything.Hybrid Cloud and IT as Service BrokerGartner suggests that bringing together personal clouds and external private cloud services is essential. Enterprises should design private cloud services with a hybrid future in mind and make sure future integration/interoperability is possible. Early hybrid cloud services will likely be more static, engineered compositions, and Gartner suggests that more deployment compositions will emerge as cloud service brokerages evolve.Cloud/Client ArchitectureAs the power and capability of many mobile devices increases, the increased demand on networks, the cost of networks, and the need to manage bandwidth use creates incentives, in some cases, to minimize the cloud application computing and storage footprint, and to exploit the intelligence and storage of the client device. Gartner also notes that as mobile users continue to demand more complex uses of their mobile technologies, it will drive a need for higher levels of server-side computing and storage capacity.The Era of Personal CloudThe push for more personal cloud technologies will lead to a shift toward services and away from devices. The type of device one has will be less important, as the personal cloud takes over some of the role that the device has traditionally had with multiple devices accessing the personal cloud.Software Defined AnythingSoftware-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. Dominant vendors in a given sector of an infrastructure-type may elect not to follow standards that increase competition and lower margins, but end-customer will benefit from simplicity, cost reduction opportunities, and the possibility for consolidation.Web-Scale IT
Large cloud services providers such as Amazon,Google,Salesforce.com, and the like are re-inventing the way in which IT services can be delivered. Gartner points out that the capabilities of these companies exceed the scale in terms of sheer size to also include scale as it pertains to speed and agility. The suggestion is that IT organizations should align with and emulate the processes, architectures, and practices of these leading cloud providers. The combination of the aforementioned three among others is how Gartner defines Web-scale IT.Smart MachinesGartner suggests that the the smart machine era will be the most disruptive in the history of IT. These will include the proliferation of contextually aware, intelligent personal assistants smart advisors (e.g.,IBM,Watson) advanced global industrial systems autonomous vehiclesThe company also projects that smart machines will strengthen the forces of consumerization after enterprise buying commences in earnest.3-D PrintingThe growth of 3-D printers is projected to be 75 percent in the coming year, and 200 percent 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.