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Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015

The merging of the real and virtual worlds, the advent of intelligence everywhere, and the technological impact of the digital business shift will be the areas of maximum development.

January 2015

Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015. The merging of the real and virtual worlds, the advent of intelligence everywhere, and the technological impact of the digital business shift will be the areas of maximum development.

The Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2014 highlighted the top 10 technology trends considered to be especially strategic in 2015, i.e. the key innovations which businesses will have to adapt to in the coming years. The experts highlight three areas: the merging of the real and virtual worlds, the advent of intelligence everywhere, and the technological impact of the digital business shift.
 

Computing Everywhere
The diffusion of mobile phones and wearable devices will continue to snowball, and this will lead to increased emphasis on serving the changing needs of the mobile user in diverse contexts and environments, as opposed to focusing on devices alone. This will involve manufacturers in intense technological challenges, but also in a major shift to developing new dimensions in user experience design.

The Internet of Things
The combination of data streams and services created by digitizing everything creates four basic usage models — Manage, Monetize, Operate and Extend.
The Internet of Things (assets and machines) is not the only way to leverage these four models:
for example, the pay-per-use model can be applied to assets, services, people, places and systems.

3D Printing
Forecasters point to a phenomenal boom in sales of 3D printers world-wide: no less than 98% in 2015, and ongoing spectacular growth in coming years. New industrial, biomedical and consumer applications will continue to demonstrate that 3D printing is a real, viable and cost-effective means of reducing costs through improved designs, streamlined prototyping and short-run manufacturing.

Advanced, Pervasive and Invisible Analytics
The Internet of Things, mobile and wearable devices, web sites and social networks will produce an ever-swelling flood of structured and unstructured data. The challenge for major companies will be to develop the ability to analyze and order this Niagara of data and thus be able deliver exactly the right information to the right person, at the right time.

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.

Smart Machines
Deep analytics applied to an understanding of context provide the preconditions for a world of smart machines. This foundation will combine with advanced algorithms that allow systems to understand their environment, learn for themselves, and act autonomously.

Cloud/Client Computing
The convergence of cloud and mobile computing will continue to promote the growth of centrally coordinated applications which can be delivered to any device. In the near term, the focus for cloud/client will be on synchronizing content and application state across multiple devices and addressing application portability across devices.

Software-Defined Applications and Infrastructure
Agile programming of everything from applications to basic infrastructure is essential to enable organizations to deliver the flexibility required to make digital business work.

Web-Scale IT
Web-scale IT is a pattern of global-class computing that provides the capabilities of large cloud service providers within an enterprise IT setting. More organizations will begin thinking, acting and building applications and infrastructure like Web giants such as Amazon, Google and Facebook.

Risk-Based Security and Self-Protection
In this digitally-based panorama, security will continue to be a more and more pivotal issue, even though it will perhaps never be possible to provide a permanent 100 percent secured environment. Once organizations acknowledge this fact, they can begin to apply more attention and resources to sophisticated risk assessment and mitigation tools.

 

Reference:

http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2867917