The Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013

Analysts have examined top industry trends at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo and identified the top 10 technologies that will be strategic for most organizations in 2013.

According to Gartner, “a strategic technology may be an existing technology that has matured and/or become suitable for a wider range of uses. It may also be an emerging technology that offers an opportunity for strategic business advantage for early adopters or with potential for significant market disruption in the next five years.”

As highlighted by analysts, these technologies impact the organization’s long-term plans, programs, and initiatives and IT leaders should factor them into their strategic planning process over the next two years.

The Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013 includes:

Mobile Devices – By 2013, Gartner believes that mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web access device worldwide and that by 2015 over 80% of the handsets sold in mature markets will be smart phones.

Mobile Applications and HTML5 – For the next few years, six mobile architectures – native, special, hybrid, HTML 5, Message, and No Client will remain popular and employed by organizations.

Personal Cloud – Gartner estimates that personal cloud will gradually replace the PC as the location where individuals keep their personal content, access their services and personal preferences, and center their digital lives.

Enterprise App Stores – Gartner predicts that by 2014, many organizations will deliver mobile applications to workers through private application stores.

The Internet of Things – This concept describes how the Internet will expand as physical items such as consumer devices and physical assets are connected to the Internet. Key elements of the Internet of Things which are being embedded in a variety of mobile devices include embedded sensors, image recognition technologies, and NFC payment.

Hybrid IT and Cloud Computing – The internal cloud services brokerage (CSB) role is emerging as IT organizations realize that they have a responsibility to help improve the provisioning and consumption of inherently distributed, heterogeneous and often complex cloud services for their internal users and external business partners.

Strategic Big Data – Big Data is moving from a focus on individual projects to an influence on enterprises’ strategic information architecture. Leading organizations are moving towards multiple systems, including content management, data warehouses, data marts and specialized file systems tied together with data services and metadata, which will become the “logical” enterprise data warehouse.

Actionable Analytics – Analytics is increasingly delivered to users at the point of action and in context. With the improvement of performance and costs, IT leaders can afford to perform analytics and simulation for every action taken in the business. The mobile client linked to cloud-based analytic engines and big data repositories potentially enables use of optimization and simulation everywhere and every time.

In Memory Computing – The execution of certain-types of hours-long batch processes can be squeezed into minutes or even seconds allowing these processes to be provided in the form of real-time or near real-time services that can be delivered to internal or external users in the form of cloud services.

Integrated Ecosystems – The market is undergoing a shift to more integrated systems and ecosystems and away from loosely coupled heterogeneous approaches. Driving this trend is the user desire for lower cost, simplicity, and more assured security.

(Source: Gartner)

On their own or together, these innovative and converging technologies, including analytics, cloud, big data, mobility, and social media will revolutionize businesses and society and organizations need to prepare for this change and decide about adopting them in the near future.

More detailed information on the strategic technologies for 2013 can be found on Gartner’s website.

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