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    Top 10 Strategic Technology

    Trends for 2014

    Gartner

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    Introduction

    Gartner, Inc. today highlighted the top ten technologies and trends thatwill be strategic for most organizations in 2014. Analysts presented theirfindings during Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, being held here throughOctober 10.

    Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for

    significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors thatdenote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or thbusiness, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late toadopt.

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    Top 10 Strategic Technology TrendsFor 2014 are :

    1. Mobile Device Diversity and Management

    2. Mobile Apps and Applications

    3. The Internet of Everything

    4. Hybrid Cloud and IT as Service Broker

    5. Cloud/Client Architecture

    6. The Era of Personal Cloud

    7. Software Defined Anything

    8. Web-Scale IT

    9. Smart Machines

    10. 3-D Printing

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    1. Mobile Device Diversityand Management

    Through 2018, the growing variety of devices, computing styles, usercontexts and interaction paradigms will make "everything everywhere"strategies unachievable.

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    2. Mobile Apps and Applications

    Gartner predicts that through 2014, improved JavaScript performance wilbegin to push HTML5 and the browser as a mainstream enterpriseapplication development environment. Gartner recommends thatdevelopers focus on creating expanded user interface models includingricher voice and video that can connect people in new and differentways. Apps will continue to grow while applications will begin to shrink

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    3.The Internet of Everything

    The Internet is expanding beyond PCs and mobile devices into enterpriseassets such as field equipment, and consumer items such as cars andtelevisions. The problem is that most enterprises and technology vendorshave yet to explore the possibilities of an expanded internet and are notoperationally or organizationally ready.

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    4. Hybrid Cloud and IT as ServiceBroker

    Bringing together personal clouds and external private cloud services is animperative. Enterprises should design private cloud services with a hybridfuture in mind and make sure future integration/interoperability is possibleHybrid cloud services can be composed in many ways, varying fromrelatively static to very dynamic.

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    5. Cloud/Client Architecture

    Cloud/client computing models are shifting. In the cloud/clientarchitecture, the client is a rich application running on an Internet-connected device, and the server is a set of application services hosted inan increasingly elastically scalable cloud computing platform.

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    6. The Era of Personal Cloud

    The personal cloud era will mark a power shift away from devices towardservices. In this new world, the specifics of devices will become lessimportant for the organization to worry about, although the devices will stibe necessary.

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    7. Software Defined Anything

    Software-defined anything (SDx) is a collective term that encapsulates thegrowing market momentum for improved standards for infrastructureprogrammability and data center interoperability driven by automationinherent to cloud computing, DevOps and fast infrastructure provisioning.

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    8. Web-Scale IT

    Web-scale IT is a pattern of global-class computing that delivers thecapabilities of large cloud service providers within an enterprise IT settingby rethinking positions across several dimensions. Large cloud servicesproviders such as Amazon, Google, Facebook, etc., are re-inventing theway IT in which IT services can be delivered.

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    9. Smart Machines

    Through 2020, the smart machine era will blossom with a proliferation ofcontextually aware, intelligent personal assistants, smart advisors (such asIBM Watson), advanced global industrial systems and public availability ofearly examples of autonomous vehicles.

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    10. 3-D Printing

    Worldwide shipments of 3D printers are expected to grow 75 percent in2014 followed by a near doubling of unit shipments in 2015. While veryexpensive additive manufacturing devices have been around for 20years, the market for devices ranging from $50,000 to $500, and withcommensurate material and build capabilities, is nascent yet growingrapidly.

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    Summary