Gartner held their annual Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Florida during October. There they talked about the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2013. Some of these will be very familiar to IBMers as they are areas we have been working in for quite some time as you will see from the links below.
What stands out are three main themes, mobile, cloud and data. Mobile and cloud could be said to be two sides of the same coin, with data being the edge that wraps around and connects them together. The final point about integrated ecosystems just demonstrates how technology is being more closely linked together. The idea has always been there but perhaps the means are only now being seen.
Here is the top ten with just a small selection of examples from IBM I've added in:
- Mobile Device Battles
Gartner predicts that by 2013 mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web access device worldwide. (IBM Mobile strategy)
- Mobile Applications and HTML5
For the next few years, no single tool will be optimal for all types of mobile application. (IBM acquires app maker Worklight, debuts new enterprise apps)
- Personal Cloud
The personal cloud will gradually replace the PC as the location where individuals keep their personal content. (IBM Cloud Storage - Future Solutions video)
- Enterprise App Stores
Gartner believes that many organizations will deliver mobile applications to workers through private application stores. (Why businesses are creating their own internal app stores)
- The Internet of Things
The IoT will enable a wide range of new applications and services while raising many new challenges. (IBM has talked about this for some time video)
- Hybrid IT and Cloud Computing
As staffs have been asked to do more with less, IT departments must play multiple roles in coordinating IT-related activities, and cloud computing is now pushing that change to another level. (IBM unveils local enterprise cloud service) (IBM offers hybrid cloud) (Thoughts on Cloud)
- Strategic Big Data
Big Data is moving from a focus on individual projects to an influence on enterprises’ strategic information architecture. (Big recognition for IBM Big Data) (IBM's Strategy for Big Data and Analytics)
- Actionable Analytics
Analytics is increasingly delivered to users at the point of action and in context - more decision flexibility at the time and place of every business process action. (IBM Bets Big on Analytics)
- In Memory Computing
Millions of events can be scanned in a matter of a few tens of millisecond to detect correlations and patterns pointing at emerging opportunities and threats "as things happen." (Is all in-memory the best for Analytics?)
- 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. Driving the trend for vendors the ability to have more control of the solution stack and obtain greater margin in the sale as well as offer a complete solution stack in a controlled environment, but without the need to provide any actual hardware.