Back in October, Gartner produced a list of the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014. These technologies were listed due to their potential to significantly impact business processes and the working world as we know it.
According to Gartner’s list, these technologies should be top of mind when evaluating current business processes and strategic planning. While it is not required to implement these technologies in order to be successful – it will provide a significant advantage over your competition.
Now that that we are more than halfway through 2014 – we can begin to look back at these predictions and see how the technology landscape has evolved. Below is the list of 10 Strategic Technology Trends proposed by Gartner. Has the list lived up to its potential?
Top 10 Technology Trends 2014
As technology continues to improve productivity, so too does the desire to work on the best available hardware. Many companies have seen a rise in the “bring your own device” (BYOD) working environment – increasing the need for device compatibility and cross platform access to business related programs.
Business professionals and consumers alike are being influenced by mobile apps. Professionals are utilizing apps to dramatically improve business processes and personal efficiency with streamlined communication and access to important information regardless of physical location. Consumers are utilizing apps to increase the value of their purchasing experiences. Companies such as Starbucks and Walgreens have successfully merged the buying experience with mobile applications – and have used to achieve business objectives and drive competitive advantage.
The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things is a concept of future networking. In this network – objects, tools, machines, etc. can be connected to the internet…and in turn each other. This will allow machines to communicate with one another without the need for human input.
Cloud and IT Services
Future business processes are more and more likely to rely on software as a service (SaaS) and business as a service (BaaS) solutions. Companies have been implementing a hybrid method of software and service to reinvent business processes and improve efficiency with new digital business strategies.
With the advantages of Cloud computing and the power of mobile devices – the need for a better client experience from Cloud services is on the rise. Improvements to the Cloud are meant to go beyond the typical client/server architecture in order to address a more complex world that includes smart devices and social interactions.
The Personal Cloud
As the Cloud continues to improve its client experience, it must also improve the user or personal experience. Whereas Cloud architecture focuses on the models used to deliver applications and content, the personal Cloud will instead focus on the experience of the individual when interacting with systems. Users are utilizing Cloud services in all aspects of their lives – on multiple devices. The collection of devices and services create a unique Cloud for each individual, which serves as the hub of that users “digital life”.
Software Defined Anything
Software Defined Anything (SDx) is a term that summates the growing move toward improved standards for infrastructure programmability and data center interoperability – driven by automation. Static infrastructures that require manual operation is neither cost effective nor flexible to support the growing demand for computer and Cloud-based integrations.
Web-Scale IT is a new way to deliver IT services, and is the result of the demand to create global access to Cloud services while utilizing automation and other software/policy models to drive efficiency and speed. As IT services and Cloud technologies continue to evolve, the demand for a scalable solution increases for companies large and small.
Smart machines are machines that are capable of doing what only people can do….or so we thought. Gartner predicts that we will see a rise in cost cutting opportunities created by the ability to replace some employees with smart machines. Smart machines will undoubtedly shape the future of business process automation as we know it.
With a constant rise in buyer interest and need for speed – there is a growing pressure on hardware to keep up. Because of this, all businesses need an easier to use tools and materials to consistently produce high-quality results. As products mature, organizations will eventually embrace and exploit the potential of 3D printing.
It would seem that Gartner’s list of strategic technologies is heavily focused on Cloud services and how they will evolve to improve the overall functionality of technology from architecture to the end user. Have you implemented any of these technologies over the last year? Has it revolutionized your business? Do you think this list still holds true? Let us know below!