Gartner named the top 10 technologies and trends in IT that will be strategic for most organizations in 2013. The analysts presented their findings at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo conference, which was held in Orlando last week.
Gartner calls a strategic technology that can have a major impact on the corporate market in the next three years. These technologies are formed at the junction of four converging forces – social networks, mobile devices, and cloud information management.
10 main strategic trends in IT in 2013 are:
The Onslaught of Mobile Devices
Gartner predicts that by 2013, mobile phones will overtake PCs, becoming the most popular device to access Web in the world, and by 2015, over 80% of all mobile phones sold in mature markets will be smartphones.
However, only 20% of these devices will use Windows. By 2015, the supply of media tablets will amount to almost 50% of notebook shipments and Windows 8 will occupy the third place after the Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.
Native Mobile Apps and HTML5
In the market of tools for creating both consumer and enterprise applications, there are more than 100 vendors. Now Gartner classifies mobile software development tools into several categories. In the next few years there will be no single tool suitable for all types of mobile applications.
Private cloud is gradually replacing the PC as a place where users keep their personal content and where they subscribe to the service and store personal settings. Private cloud will cause a unique combination of services, web resources, and means of communication that will be the basis of their work with the computer and communication.
Corporate Showcase Applications
Organizations face the need to showcase their own applications, as some vendors will limit their display to only certain types of devices and applications. Gartner expects that by 2014, many organizations will provide mobile applications to employees through private showcases applications.
Internet of Things
Internet of Things is a concept that describes how the Internet will expand to the extent that physical objects, consumer devices and physical assets would become more attached to the web. Key elements of Internet of Things, which are embedded in such objects, are built-in sensors, pattern recognition technology and NFC-payments.
Smart phones and other smart devices do not just use the cellular network, they communicate via NFC, Bluetooth, LTE and Wi-Fi with a wide range of devices and peripherals – watches, displays, medical sensors, smart posters and home entertainment electronics.
Hybrid IT and Cloud Computing
Gartner predicts that CIOs will do more roles with less resources and cloud computing will push them to go in that direction but it requires more strategy planning. This new mediation role will allow IT departments to consolidate and expand its influence within the organization and become an important force in the face of new, more complex requirements associated with the growing adoption of cloud as an approach to the consumption of IT.
Strategic Big Data
Companies will start abandon the concept of single data warehouse containing all the information to go to multiple systems with multiple content management, several data warehouses and management of specialized information.
As productivity and lower cost, IT managers can now afford to adopt the analysis and simulation for each business process. With the cloud, data warehousing and mobility, data analytics, optimization and simulation can be used anywhere and at any time.
In-Memory computing technology can handle real time and huge amounts of data for internal and external users. The analysis firm says we can now more quickly detect correlations between events in millions of tens of milliseconds. The ability to run applications in both transactional and analytics against the same data set, opens unexplored possibilities for business innovation.
The market is transitions towards more integrated systems and ecosystems because users want to take advantage of lower cost, simplicity and security. To meet this demand, companies will intervene on several points including combine hardware and software appliances and packaged services.
‘Only 20% of devices expected to use Windows’ is a courageous statement to make – one I strongly disagree with. Microsoft have incorporated virtually every trend you have identified as core developments for their latest operating system – that includes individual and business consumers, They’re also well aware of the shift from web, to tablet and mobile devices. The PC Surface addresses many of the perceived short-comings of tablet devices. In summary, Microsoft are going to be one of the most powerful influences in a very technologically innovative year ahead.