Leading IT research and advisory company Gartner have identified the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2015. Three themes dominate the illuminating list:
- Merging of real and virtual worlds
- The rise of intelligence everywhere
- The IT impact of the digital business shift
Key is the continued proliferation of computing everywhere and the internet of things, with mobility being central. The convergence of mobile computing and cloud will continue to promote the growth of centrally coordinated applications that can be delivered to any device.
Cloud architecture is positioned at number 7.
“Cloud is the new style of elastically scalable, self-service computing and both internal applications and external applications will be built on this new style,” said David Cearley, Vice President and Gartner Fellow.
He added that while network and bandwidth costs may continue to favour apps that use the intelligence and storage of the client device effectively, co-ordination and management will be based in the cloud. In the near term the focus for cloud/client will be on synchronising content and application state across multiple devices and addressing application portability across devices. Over time applications will evolve to support simultaneous use of multiple devices.
At number 8, software-defined infrastructure and applications also rest on the dominance of the cloud.Gartner claim that software defined networking, storage, data centres and security are maturing.
“To deal with the rapidly changing demands of digital business and to scale up – or down – systems rapidly, computing has to move away from static to dynamic models,” said Cearley.
At number 10 Gartner identifies risk-based security and self-protection, stating that “all roads to the digital future lead through security. However, in a digital business world security cannot be a roadblock that stops all progress”. Organisations will continue to realise it is a struggle or impossible to deliver 100% secured environments, and employ greater application of sophisticated risk assessment and risk mitigation tools.
Here is the top ten list of technology trends that Gartner say organisations cannot afford to ignore:
1. Computing Everywhere
2. The Internet of Things (IoT)
3. 3D Printing
4. Advanced, Pervasive, Invisible Analytics
5. Context-Rich Systems
6. Smart Machines
7. Cloud/Client Architecture
8. Software-Defined Infrastructure and Applications
9. Web-Scale IT
10. Risk-Based Security and Self-Protection