Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014

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Each year, Gartner compiles a list of the top technology trends that have the potential to affect individuals, businesses and IT organizations during the next three years. For the second consecutive year, the Nexus of Forces — mobile, social, cloud and information — permeates most of Gartner's Top 10 list as it continues to drive change and create new opportunities.

David Cearley, Gartner VP & Gartner Fellow, discusses the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2014.

Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014

1. Web-Scale IT

Strategic Technology Trend: Web-Scale Singularity Means Goodbye to Conventional IT Wisdom

4 February 2014

During the past decade, leading cloud services organizations have been experimenting with new ways to deliver IT services. Their efforts have resulted in a singularity event that changed the trajectory of the IT landscape. Enterprise IT leaders ignore this development at their own risk.

2. Smart Machines

Top 10 Strategic Technologies — The Rise of Smart Machines

29 January 2014

IT leaders need to aggressively examine and act on the promise, threat and effects of smart machines on work patterns (man-machine collaboration), staffing shifts and enterprise business opportunities.

3. 3D Printing

Strategic Technology Trend — 3D Printing Transforms Organizations

7 February 2014

3D printing transforms organizations, industries and markets. CIOs, CTOs and IT leaders must learn about and apply the key 3D printing trends that are driving changes to their organization.

4. The Era of Personal Cloud

How the Personal Cloud Impacts IT Organizations

6 February 2014

As the personal cloud rises in importance, IT organizations will find current approaches to dealing with users will fail. IT leaders must be flexible and respond with new techniques, tools and policies, or risk irrelevance with their user base.

5. Software-Defined Anything

Hype Cycle for Virtualization, 2013

31 July 2013

Server virtualization is a mature technology but, as an IT initiative, it can still be disruptive to IT users and providers. Virtualization provides a foundation for software-defined anything, cloud computing and cost-effective, greener data center projects.

Software-Defined Networking Will Change the Data Center Network Vendor Landscape

26 November 2013

Adoption of software-defined networking will spark a new race among traditional and new data center networking vendors with a reorganization of the supply side, creating competition and opportunities for all vendors.

6. Mobile Device Diversity and Management

Managed Diversity Defines Best Practices for BYOD and Endpoint Management Policies

27 August 2013

Our consumer-driven, BYOD culture pressures IT leaders to give enterprise end users a wider range of device choices. Gartner's managed diversity model is a structured compromise that offers end-user device choice while protecting enterprise assets and supporting end-user productivity.

ODMs and EMS Companies Are Ready to Capture Their Share of the Future Wearable Device Market

23 October 2013

With the rise of wearable devices, pioneered by Google and Samsung, more OEMs, original design manufacturers and electronics manufacturing service companies are exploring the market to develop products for the Internet of Things in the long term. By 2016, this market is expected to top $10 billion.

7. Mobile Apps and Applications

Use Mobile Apps to Provide Customer Value, and Revenue Will Follow

24 January 2014

IT and business leaders supporting e-commerce should incorporate the five attributes of successful mobile apps, which improve the customer experience. Providing a valuable customer experience will increase mobile commerce app adoption, drive usage, and increase both loyalty and revenue.

How Apps Will Impact the Management of Application Development

29 August 2013

Apps, an emerging software construct that ties value to purposefulness, will have dramatic impacts for enterprise IT application leaders on design strategies, software life cycle management and funding arrangements.

8. The Internet of Everything

The Potential Size and Diversity of the Internet of Things Mask Immediate Opportunities for IT Leaders

19 July 2013

The Internet of Things will be big, but just how big depends on exactly what is included. This research helps business and IT leaders understand this emergent technology and applications, and describes how IT leaders can help identify significant new opportunities.

Forecast: The Internet of Things, Worldwide 2013

18 November 2013

The Internet of Things will include 26 billion units installed by 2020. IoT product and service suppliers will generate incremental revenue exceeding $300 billion, mostly in services, in 2020. It will result in $1.9 trillion in global economic value-add through sales into diverse end markets.

9. Hybrid Cloud & IT as a Service Broker

2014 Strategic Road Map for Business Process Innovation in Hybrid IT

15 January 2014

No cloud service stands alone, but mastery over hybrid IT eludes all but a few enterprises. This road map prepares line-of-business managers and IT leaders to capitalize on the contributions that cloud makes to business process innovation.

10. Cloud/Client Architecture

Client-Cloud Applications: The Rebirth of Client/Server Architecture

7 June 2013

Enterprises are faced with the increasing power of mobile devices, the advantages of cloud computing as a delivery model for applications, and the need for better and more-differentiated user experiences. The client-cloud application model sits at the intersection of these trends.

Hype Cycle for Application Development, 2013

25 July 2013

Application development organizations continue to face rapid changes. Cloud and mobile will change the type of applications developed, while the need for business agility will change how they are developed.

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