Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013

by Istvan Fekete on April 30, 2013

What technology trend will have a significant impact on your business or organization in the next three years? Gartner has the answer: the market research company has identified the top 10 technologies and trends, which they define as strategic technology. Gartner defines strategic technology as one with the potential to have a significant impact on enterprise, meaning need for a major investment or even the risk of being late to adopt.

This doesn’t mean, though, that enterprises and organizations must adopt and invest in all of the listed technologies, but rather to make decisions about how they fit with their expected needs in the near future.

These technologies are revolutionizing business and society, and disrupting old models and creating new leaders, as they are the successful combination of converging forces: social, mobile, cloud and information.

Here are the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2013:

Mobile device battles: The desktop experience is fading in the light of the mobile experience, with consumerization driving tablets into the enterprise market. In 2013, mobile devices will surpass PCs to become the most common Web access tools, and by 2015, smartphones will account for 80% of handsets. Microsoft bet high with Windows 8, but it will need some time to put a dent into the mobile market.

Mobile applications and HTML 5: No single tool will be optimal for all types of mobile apps. The most popular mobile architectures will be: native, special, hybrid, HMTL 5, Message and No Client.

Personal Cloud: Users will gradually replace their PC as their storage location with a personal cloud. This will be the glue that connects the web of devices they choose to use during different aspects of their lives.

Enterprise App Stores: By next year, Gartner believes many organizations will develop and deliver mobile apps to workers through private app stores.

The Internet of Things: Over 50% of Internet connections are things. Just two years ago, there were over 15 billion things on the Web, with more than 50 billion intermittent connections. By 2020, Gartner forecasts there will be 30 billion connected things with over 200 billion intermittent connects.

Hybrid IT and Cloud computing: IT departments will play multiple roles in coordinating IT-related activities.

Strategic Big Data: Data volume, variety, velocity, and complexity will force changes, and leading organizations will proceed with multiple systems tied together.

Actionable Analytics: Cloud, packaged analytics, and big data will accelerate throughout the year and into 2014. Mobile devices will have access to the data, supporting business decision-making.

In Memory Computing: IMC will go mainstream, and expectations will change as it enables real-time cloud service business intelligence.

Integrated Ecosystems: Gartner sees a new trend toward virtual appliances on the rise, which will gain popularity over the next five years.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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