The Internet of Things (IoT) is a key enabling technology for digital businesses. Approximately 3.9 billion connected things were in use in 2014 and this figure is expected to rise to 25 billion by 2020. And while deployment is growing, there are factors slowing down the rate of adoption. Security and privacy are among the top key concerns among enterprises. Gartner's research explores the increasing proliferation of the IoT, provides detail on the adoption and direction of IoT and how IT leaders can develop successful strategies for specific use cases.
Digital business is the creation of new business designs by blurring the digital and physical worlds. Digital business promises to usher in an unprecedented convergence of people, business, and things that disrupts existing business models. With more than seven billion people and businesses, and at least 35 billion devices, communicating, transacting, and even negotiating with each other, a new world comes into being: the world of digital business. Gartner's digital business research examines what is driving this convergence and how IT leaders can take their place among the digital leaders of the future.
Gartner's 2015 top 10 strategic technology trends are the prime enablers behind new digital business opportunities. Their disruptive power stems from merging virtual and physical worlds, the growth of intelligence everywhere, and the emerging new realities of IT.
The Gartner Worldwide IT Spending Forecast is the leading indicator of major technology trends across the devices, IT services, data center systems, enterprise software and telecom services markets, and across geographies. IT and business executives are using these highly anticipated quarterly reports as they refine their strategy and road map to prioritize investments and identify opportunities within the IT market, and to base their critical business decisions on proven methodologies.
Digital business disrupts IT, redefines the power of the consumer, and redraws the lines of competition across multiple industries. Businesses must act rapidly to respond to fundamental changes in competitive challenges, customer demands and technology use models. Gartner's Predicts 2015 Special Report points out the multiple ways CIOs, IT leaders, marketing leaders and technology providers can use technology to deliver real-world business value.
The nexus of forces describes the convergence and mutual reinforcement of four interdependent trends: social interaction, mobility, cloud, and information. The forces combine to empower individuals as they interact with each other and their information through well-designed ubiquitous technology.
Although technology has seen unprecedented advancements, the sales models used to take those products to market have remained largely unchanged. Gartner’s Future of IT Sales Reports provides tools and best practices for making go-to-market choices a source of differentiation and competitive advantage.
The 2014 Gartner Hype Cycle Special Report evaluates the market promotion and perception of value for over 2,000 technologies, services and trends in over 119 areas. This year, we're also exploring the impact of the megatrends affecting the Hype Cycles and profiles across all research areas. This report tells a story of how technologies, services and strategies evolve from market hype and excitement of value to becoming a mainstream part of business and IT.
Adopting mobility, cloud, information intelligence, and collaboration are a given into today's world. But the key to unlocking the true potential of these technologies is not to use them individually to solve tactical problems. The key is to use them in concert to revolutionize the business model, improve customer services, and streamline processes.
Digital business is causing changes on a scale and at a frequency that is unprecedented. New opportunities can be captured through use of many emerging technologies, new products and services. These Cool Vendors, while not exhaustive, will support digitalization and the notion of "Big Change."
Our annual Supply Chain Top 25 identifies the companies that best demonstrate leadership in applying demand-driven principles to drive business results.
Hybrid IT is the result of combining internal and external services, usually from a combination of internal and public clouds, in support of a business outcome. Interest in the public cloud has been tempered by adoption risks, leading to architectures that connect internal core services and critical data to external, commoditized services.
The media tablet market did not exist in early 2010. But now, millions of workers use these tablets in the enterprise every day and the tablet market is just the tip of the mobility iceberg. Just below the surface lies a torrent of innovations that include mobile applications, social media, mobile health, cloud computing, mobile payments, interconnected machines, mobile collaboration, and wireless technologies.
Professional Effectiveness stems from the realization of IT practitioners that their organizations need to change how they work and that their culture must change to allow collaborative innovation with their business peers.