Gartner’s Top 10 IT Trends: A Glimpse at Impacting Technologies

Gartner analyst David Cearley leads the annual Gartner Symposium to name 10 strategic technologies that will impact organizations all over the world. The name list consists of technologies  already doing the rounds at various  thought leaders, but there are significant number of new entrants like – “personal cloud”, “integrated ecosystems”.

With a view at the global technological world, I agree with almost all of the listed technologies. Here’s the list, with a pinch of my analysis.

1. The Battle of the Mobiles : The battle is referred to the technology and computing giants like Apple,Google,Samsung,Asus and many others creating a whole gamut of mobile devices. Most important part of the battle , as I see it is that as customers choose their device, they rely on IT to support it through BYOD(Bring Your own Device Movement) Movement. With the evolution of corporate mobile management, enterprise want to go mobile compliant  faster,cheaper and secure.

2.Mobile Applications and HTML 5 : Social and enterprise mobile applications rule the app marketplaces today, make a radical impact on the economy.Is it odd that a revision of the markup language (still not approved and turned into what some call a living standard) is high up on the top tech list? Probably not, but the disruption inherent in HTML5 has been ongoing for a number of years. The “should we develop apps or Web?” argument continues in many companies.

3.PC=Personal Cloud :  In the clouds there is a fight between personal and professional data, starting with the smartphone device. It is a new entry in this list  and definitely it needs some constructive thoughts in this field. Its time enterprises should create a platform where employees can create their own clouds to differentiate corporate and personal data.

4.Internet of Things : The term  “Internet of Things” refers to uniquely identifiable objects (things) and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure. Analysts at Gartner believe that with  the decrease in cost of technology we would soon have a world filled with sensors and monitors.But its very skeptical whether networking experts are ready with systems that can manage the flow of data throughout the Internet.

5.The Hybrid IT and Cloud Structure : It refers to the creation of cloud  infrastructure that can mix both internal and external resources. With all the buzz around private secured cloud, I believe that enterprises should concentrate more on hybrid cloud infrastructure to take advantage of both.

6. NexGen Analytics : 2012 can be declared as the -“Year of Analytics” since so many organizations have invested and bore the fruit of analytics on both top line-bottom line of their enterprise. Analysts takes the call for analytics to be more – predictive,collaborative and pervasive. In the near future, analytics will not only predict what a consumer will buy, but create a collaborative decision making model.

7. Big Data: The increase adoption of internet has organizations trying to take advantage of the enormous amount of data that has been generated.Triggering on the big data alarm  in your company won’t make much sense unless there is a  plan about, how to gather the data, analyze the data, and create actions on the data. Making the wrong decisions faster is not a plan for big data success.

8. Dynamic In-Memory Computing : Technologists are today looking at Flash Drives( the one that you have memory stored in your pen drive) to be used in servers to enable reduce space,electricity consumption and heat emission. At its simplest, in-memory computing can be considered a solid-state replacement for spinning disks.Relentless price drop, technology maturation and integration are driving mainstream adoption despite notable technical challenges.

9.Low Energy Servers : Analysts at Gartner believe that with the threat of reduced resources and the sting of costs cutting, enterprises are using low energy servers which are both economical and ecological.

10. Enterprise Apps Stores :This is highly  interesting. The app store model that has proved to be so successful in the consumer market is held up as the way corporate users should go about selecting and provisioning their corporate apps. While the concept has been around for a couple years, I’ve seen very few examples of the corporate app store emerging from a prototype to full-blown deployment. I think it might have something to do with the difference between app store consumer developers out trying to make money and traditional in-house app development. The enterprise app store may be one of those emerging technologies that is always emerging.

Hope you are enlightened.

Cheers!!!

Sagar Mandal

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