Just as we rely on technology and electronics for our dailies, we ought to think what is next for us to come? Gartner Inc. highlighted from their symposium last October 5-9 at Orlando, Florida the top ten strategic technology trends we will expect this 2015. Gartner Inc. defined strategic technology as an idea that has a potential to create a huge impact for the next three years. David Cearley, vice president and Gartner Fellow said that they have identified these trends that they think organizations cannot afford to ignore in their strategic planning. He added that these trends cover three themes: merging real and virtual worlds, the onset of intelligence everywhere, and the technology impact of the digital business shift.
According to Gartner Inc. here are the top 10 trends we should watch for this 2015:
- Computing Everywhere Gartner predicted a much more advancement on mobile devices catering new contexts and environments for the end users. Aside from wearable devices, there is also the idea of consumer electronics and connected screens in both workplace and public spaces. This advancement will pose more management challenges for IT authorities to control their user endpoint devices. It will also become challenging for them to provide extraordinary user design experience for their customers.
- The Internet of Things User-oriented computing will be the thing in 2015. All devices, searches and data leading to the Internet of Things will be connected to the Internet of Me. All searches on one single concept (for example housing) might lead to assets (property list of properties), services (property developers or real estate firms), people (real estate agents), places (list of properties near the area of search) and systems (mortgage systems). Gartner stressed that all industries can leverage to the four basic internet models. These are Manage, Monetize, Operate, and Extend.
- 3D Printing For the next three years, 3D printing is about to get cheaper and its market will grow around 98% in 2015 alone. Industries, biomedical and consumer applications will continue displaying the advantages of using 3d printing as a cost-effective measure. They will reiterate that using this technology will reduce costs through improved designs, streamlined prototyping, and short-run manufacturing without sacrificing product quality.
- Advanced, Pervasive and Invisible Analytics Gartner indicates that analytics will be on the spotlight as it will collect huge number of data generated from embedded systems. These vast pools of structured and unstructured data will be analyzed inside and outside the enterprise. Mr. Cearley said that every app now gathers data from its users and these data can be used in analysis primarily on customer and product research. He added, Organizations need to manage how best to filter the huge amounts of data coming from the Internet of Things, social media and wearable devices, and then deliver exactly the right information to the right person, at the right time. Analytics will become deeply, but invisibly embedded everywhere.” Apparently the answer rely on the numbers or stats not the data itself.
- Context-Rich Systems In relation to embedded analytics and intelligence, this feature will make every system alert and responsive to their surroundings. Context-aware security understands the context of a user request thus alerting the system and respond on a possible security threat. It somehow simplifies the complexities brought about by the advanced computing world.
- Smart Machines Self-taught machines will emerge as they are programmed to understand context data and analytics making them act accordingly. This is predicted to evolve rapidly thus making this technology the most disturbing in the history of IT. Expect more prototype autonomous vehicles, advanced robots, virtual personal assistants, smart advisors and other forms of machine helpers starting the new age of machine helpers.
- Cloud/Client Computing With the emergence of cloud computing over the past years, it is anticipated to synchronize files and applications across multiple devices. This enables apps to use intelligence and storage effectively lowering bandwidth costs. This will provide enhanced experience for gamers as they are able to use multiple screens and wearables while playing.
- Software-Defined Applications and Infrastructure To keep up with the ever-changing demands of digital business, the computing industry should move away from static models and resort to software-defined applications and infrastructure. This along with cloud services are configurable through rich API’s to access their function and content programmatically.
- Web-Scale IT – As defined by Gartner Inc. Web-scale IT is a pattern of global-class computing that delivers the capabilities of large cloud service providers within an enterprise IT setting. It is implemented by web giants such as Amazon, Google and Facebook setting a commercial hardware platform. This platform embraces cloud-optimized and software-defined approaches to reach mainstream. DevOps is said to be the first step in achieving Web-Scale IT for many organizations.
- Risk-Based Security and Self-Protection It is certain that with all this advancements comes the issue of security and protection. It is certain that security measures will go from perimeter defense to multi-faceted approaches. Expect security measures built directly into applications making each app self-aware and self-protecting against threats and viruses.