This year for some reason I have taken much more notice of what is forecasted for the year ahead – mainly in my areas of interest of course. On Monday I had a look at what we can expect in the global economy during 2013 and today I share some insights on what we can expect on the Technology front.
I have always been very interested in technology and I try to stay up to date, although it is a field that changes at an amazing pace! I would like to share this article by BusinessTech’s Staff Writer – quoting Gartner, Inc., an information technology research and advisory company, on the Top 10 strategic trends in technology for 2013:
1. Mobile Device Battles
Gartner predicts that by 2013 mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common web access device, worldwide; and that by 2015, over 80 per cent of the handsets sold in mature markets will be smartphones.
This means the end of the Windows-dominated era, as consumerisation will mean organisations won’t be able to force users to drop or adopt specific devices.
“Businesses will need to support a greater variety of form factors, reducing the ability to standardise PC and tablet hardware. The implications for IT are that the era of PC dominance with Windows as the single platform will be replaced.”
2. Mobile Applications and HTML5
The market for tools to create consumer and enterprise facing apps is complex with well over 100 potential tools vendors, the research firm said.
“For the next few years, no single tool will be optimal for all types of mobile application so expect to employ several. Six mobile architectures – native, special, hybrid, HTML 5, Message and No Client will remain popular.”
Gartner noted that there will be a long term shift away from native apps to web apps as HTML5 becomes more capable, but “native apps won’t disappear, [they] will always offer the best user experiences and most sophisticated features.”
3. Personal Cloud
The personal cloud will gradually replace the PC as the location where individuals keep their personal content, access their services and personal preferences and centre their digital lives.
“It will be the glue that connects the web of devices they choose to use during different aspects of their daily lives.”
4. Enterprise App Stores
By 2014, many organisations will deliver mobile applications to workers through private application stores.
“With enterprise app stores the role of IT shifts from that of a centralised planner to a market manager providing governance and brokerage services to users and potentially an ecosystem to support ‘apptrepreneurs’.”
5. The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a concept that describes how the internet will expand as physical items, such as consumer devices and physical assets, are connected to the internet.
Key elements of the IoT which are being embedded in a variety of mobile devices include embedded sensors, image recognition technologies and NFC payment.
“As a result, mobile no longer refers only to use of cellular handsets or tablets”.
6. Hybrid IT and Cloud Computing
A recent Gartner IT services survey revealed that the internal cloud services brokerage (CSB) plays an emerging role within organisations.
“This is because businesses realise that they have a responsibility to help improve complex cloud services for their internal users and external business partners”, the firm noted.
In South Africa however, bandwith is still slow and quite expensive, so I think Cloud Services might take some time to catch on.
7. Strategic Big Data
Big Data is moving from a focus on individual projects to an influence on enterprises’ strategic information architecture. Dealing with data volume, variety, velocity and complexity is forcing changes to many traditional approaches.
“This realisation is leading organisations to abandon the concept of a single enterprise data warehouse containing all information needed for decisions.”
“Instead they are moving towards multiple systems, including content management, data warehouses, data marts and specialised file systems tied together with data services and metadata, which will become the “logical” enterprise data warehouse.”
8. Actionable Analytics
Analytics is increasingly delivered to users at the point of action and in context and with the improvement of performance and costs, IT leaders can afford to perform analytics and simulation for every action taken in the business.
9. In Memory Computing
The execution of certain-types of hours-long batch processes can be squeezed into minutes or even seconds, allowing processes to be provided in the form of real-time, or near real-time services. Numerous vendors will deliver in-memory-based solutions over the next two years driving this approach into mainstream use.
“Millions of events can be scanned in a matter of a few tens of millisecond to detect correlations and patterns pointing at emerging opportunities and threats ‘as things happen’. The possibility of concurrently running transactional and analytical applications against the same dataset opens unexplored possibilities for business innovation.”
10. Integrated Ecosystems
Gartner says: “The market is undergoing a shift to more integrated systems and ecosystems and away from loosely coupled heterogeneous approaches. Driving this trend is the user desire for lower cost, simplicity, and more assured security.”
This trend will manifest in three levels:
- Appliances: combining hardware and software, and software and services packaged to address and infrastructure or application workload.
- Cloud: cloud-based marketplaces and brokerages to facilitate purchase, consumption and/or use of capabilities from multiple vendors.
- Mobile: vendors including Apple, Google and Microsoft drive varying degrees of control across and end-to-end ecosystem extending the client through the apps.
And that concludes my Trend Talk. February is here and the year is truly underway, let’s see how much of this Trend Talk realises during the next 11 months.