As Gartner played host to 10,000 IT pro at the Gartner Symposium IT Expo in Orlando this week, a new list of top 10 strategic technology trends for 2013 emerged, comprising Mobile device battles, mobile applications and HTML 5, personal cloud, internet of things, hybrid IT and cloud computing, strategic big data, actionable analytics, mainstream in-memory computing, integrated ecosystems and enterprise app stores, Computerworld has reported.
Here are notes on each of the 10 trends that help in understanding them better and stay better equipped for future:
Mobile device battles: Increasingly as mobiles eclipse desktop experience, consumerization will drive tablets into the enterprise. Mobile devices will surpass PCs to become the most common Web access tools by 2013.
In 2015, 80% handsets in mature markets will be smartphones and 20% Windows phones. Tablet shipments may soon account for 50% laptop shipments and Windows 8 is well positioned to take third place behind Apple and Android. As a niche player Windows 8 is most likely to appeal to enterprise buyers.
Mobile applications and HTML 5: HTML 5 will emerge as the preferred mainstream application developer environment. Though the users will move from native apps to HTML5, native apps will continue to offer best experience.
Personal Cloud: As services gain precedence over devices, Cloud will emerge the favored hub for apps, content and preferences.
Internet of Things: While trying to decipher the Internet of things, it has to be understood that 50% of internet connections are things. In 2011, 15 billion things on Web translate to 50 billion+ intermittent connections. By 2020, 30 billion connected things are likely to translate into 200 billion intermittent connections. Embedded sensors, image recognition and NFC emerge as key technologies while in most enterprises single exec will monitor Internet connected things.
Hybrid IT and Cloud Computing: Changing role of IT departments demands they play a bigger role in coordinating IT related activities.
Strategic Big Data: With the death of single corporate data warehouse, multiple systems need to be linked. This calls for organization focus on non-traditional data types and external data sources.
Actionable Analytics: Cloud, packaged analytics and big data are likely to witness momentum in 2013, 2014. Mobile devices gain access to data that support business decision making.
Mainstream In-Memory Computing: Helps in boosting performance, response time while enabling provision of real-time business intelligence. SAP and other enterprise framework will accelerate application delivery leveraging memory capability.
Integrated Ecosystems: Software and services are likely to address infrastructure or application workload and there is likely to be additional shipment of "appliances," where software is delivered as hardware. Besides, virtual appliances are likely to grow in popularity over next five years.
Enterprise App Stores: More than 70 billion downloads a year may become the norm by 2014. Most organizations may deliver mobile apps to employees via application stores by the same time.