Do you remember how we lived 10 years ago? No Facebook, no twitter, no clouds, no smart phones, no tablets. How did we live back then? It’s hard to imagine living without the technology we use today and this is the result of the rapid pace at which technology is developing. With such a rate of development it becomes important to stay on top of the latest technology trends. Gartner Inc. just came out with a list of technology trends to stay on top of for 2014. Here are 8 of the latest tech trends that you need to keep an eye on for the coming year.
8. Mobile Device Diversity:
The diversity of mobile devices is increasing rapidly with so many new devices being launched all the time. This diversity is going to cause a problem in the next few years as it will get harder and harder to manage the workforce with BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs. To ensure compatibility and security, companies will have to enforce stricter rules as to what devices their employees can use.
7. Mobile Apps:
6. Expansion of the Internet:
The internet of things is going to become the internet of everything. The internet is expanding into other products such as televisions and cars and these manufacturers need to find a way to utilize this opportunity to the best of their ability. Gartner predicts that four usage models of manage, monetize, operate and extend, will need to be used by vendors.
5. Expanding Clouds:
The cloud services will also continue to expand and a hybrid cloud service will emerge which combines the personal cloud with private cloud services. The IT sector will have to evolve as a cloud service broker. The architecture of the cloud/client service will also need to be improved and managed better. Bandwidth management and decrease in computing and storage footprint for clients will be considered valuable. Server side storage and computing capabilities will also need to be improved.
4. Personal Cloud:
The personal cloud will become more important and devices will be able to offload some of their burden on to the cloud. The device specifications won’t matter as much as the cloud capabilities provided by the service provider to the personal cloud users. This will also help the user to own multiple devices and use them with a personal cloud.
3. Software Defined Anything:
SDx is a term for software defined anything. Software defined networks will make the network abstract just as server virtualization has done for the servers. Software defined storage will be the next logical step in managing resources in the ever growing world of data. Cloud services will lead to the development of software defined anything. It will also help in developing a Web Scale IT service platform.
2. 3-D Printing:
3-D printing is growing rapidly and projected to grow at 75% next year and 200% by 2015. It allows for short run manufacturing and streamlined prototypes. Designs can be improved and products can be developed and delivered more cost effectively. 3-D printing is real and viable and it is about to change the whole manufacturing sector. The growth will be led by consumer hype that the companies can’t ignore.
1. Smart Machines:
Smart machines will get better and more user products will get smarter. It is predicted to be one of the most disruptive era in the history of IT. We will see an increase in contextually aware, intelligent devices that will be sued as personal assistants, smart advisers such as the IBM Watson, advancement of the global industrial system etc. Vehicles will get smarter and we will see autonomous vehicles emerging. These smart machines will lead to an increase in the overall market and strengthen the consumer culture once enterprise buying commences in earnest.