Cloud, Mobility, 3D Printing Make Gartner's 2014 Key Technologies List

 
 
By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2013-10-14 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

At the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo this month, analysts outlined what they are calling the top strategic technologies for 2014 and beyond. They defined a strategic technology as one that has the potential to make a significant impact on the enterprise over the next three years, with a high potential for disrupting IT or the business, the need for organizations to make a major financial investment and a risk attached for those late to adopt it. There aren't a lot of real surprises on this list, which is heavy on the cloud and mobility, but there are some that are beginning to get a lot of vendor and business attention. Those include the Internet of things, 3D printing and software-defined anything, from networks to data centers. "We have identified the top 10 technologies that companies should factor into their strategic planning processes," Gartner analyst David Cearley said in a statement. "This does not necessarily mean adoption and investment in all of the listed technologies, but companies should look to make deliberate decisions about them during the next two years." In this slide show, eWEEK gives a quick look at Gartner's top strategic technologies.

 
 
 
  • Cloud, Mobility, 3D Printing Make Gartner's 2014 Key Technologies List

    by Jeffrey Burt
    1 - Cloud, Mobility, 3D Printing Make Gartner's 2014 Key Technologies List
  • Getting a Handle on the Growing Numbers of Mobile Devices

    The size of the mobile workforce will only grow, fueled by such trends as bring-your-own-device (BYOD), and along with that growth will come increasing diversity in the kinds of mobile devices and how they're being used. Even with all this, most companies still only have policies around network access based on corporate-own and managed devices. Policies around employee-owned hardware need to be reviewed, updated and expanded.
    2 - Getting a Handle on the Growing Numbers of Mobile Devices
  • Developers Should Aim for Flexibility, Adaptability in UIs

    Developers need to start building expanded user interface models that offer richer voice and video, and that span a variety of devices, according to Gartner analysts. They should develop ways that they can take apps and use them as building blocks to build larger applications, and create adaptable programming structures that can assemble the building blocks into content optimized for each device.
    3 - Developers Should Aim for Flexibility, Adaptability in UIs
  • Time to Start Thinking About the Internet of Things

    Vendors from IBM to Cisco Systems to Intel are looking at the Internet of things as a huge growth opportunity, with intelligence and compute capabilities being built into everything from cars to appliances to clothes. However, most enterprises—and even most vendors—have yet to really explore the possibilities and are not ready for them. That needs to change.
    4 - Time to Start Thinking About the Internet of Things
  • Getting Your Head in the Hybrid Cloud

    Enterprises need to start designing private clouds with the idea of making them into hybrid clouds in the future. A key to managing all this will be the job of a cloud service broker, for handling such tasks as aggregation, integration and customization of services.
    5 - Getting Your Head in the Hybrid Cloud
  • The Development of the Cloud/Client Architecture

    In this architecture, the client is a rich application running on an Internet-connected device, with the server being a set of application services hosted in a scalable cloud computing platform, the Gartner analysts said.
    6 - The Development of the Cloud/Client Architecture
  • A Shift in Personal Clouds

    Personal clouds will move away from devices and toward services, with the device specifics becoming increasingly less important for businesses to worry about, though devices will still be necessary. Employees will use a range of devices, with the personal cloud becoming the primary hub among them.
    7 - A Shift in Personal Clouds
  • Anything Can Be Software-Defined

    Gartner analysts are talking about software-defined anything (SDx), which touches on everything from better and easier infrastructure programmability and interoperability in the data center, fueled by automation that is found in cloud computing, development and operations, and fast infrastructure provisioning. SDx also incorporates such initiatives as OpenStack, OpenFlow and the Open Compute Project, and standards will continue to pop up. That said, enterprises should challenge their vendors to ensure their commitment to true interoperability standards, they said.
    8 - Anything Can Be Software-Defined
  • Enterprises Should Emulate Cloud Services Providers

    Such large providers as Google, Amazon and Facebook are changing the way IT services can be delivered, and their scale goes beyond such size to include aspects like speed and agility. Enterprises should look to these providers and their architectures, processes and practices, the combination of which Gartner calls Web-scale IT.
    9 - Enterprises Should Emulate Cloud Services Providers
  • Smart Machines Are Coming

    The era of smart machines will run through at least 2020, with continued growth in the numbers of contextually aware, intelligent personal assistant, smart advisers—like IBM's Watson—advanced industrial systems and, to some extent, autonomous vehicles. People and enterprises alike will invest in their own smart machines, which will add fuel to the continued consumerization of IT, the analysts said.
    10 - Smart Machines Are Coming
  • The Democratization of 3D Printing

    Global shipments of 3D printers will grow 75 percent in 2014 and will nearly double the following year, the analysts said. Some very expensive versions of these "additive manufacturing" devices have been around for two decades, there is a nascent but growing market for systems in the $500-to-$50,000 range, and the noise around the consumer market for the technology should tell organizations that 3D technology is real.
    11 - The Democratization of 3D Printing
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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