Gartner's top 10 trends will drive the future of the intelligent digital mesh. Enterprise architecture and technology innovation leaders must prepare for the impacts of these disruptive trends on people, businesses and IT departments, and determine how they can provide competitive advantage.
There is a lot of promise in the Internet of Things (IoT) as a means to create business value, but there is also a lot of hype. In fact, a recent Gartner survey found that unclear business benefits is the top barrier to IoT efforts overall. In addition, since IoT is not a singular technology per se, but rather a general wave of technology, the opportunities to create value can vary considerably across industries, as well as between functional areas within an organization. Clearly, there is a pressing need for an overarching business benefits framework that planners can use to identify where and how IoT can deliver business value, and to define and organize IoT initiatives.
Big data investments continue to rise but are showing signs of tapering. The concept is transitioning toward specific impacts to business areas and metrics. This normalization reintroduces IT challenges around leadership, funding and skills for data and analytics leaders.