Technology trends for 2015

These trends have the potential for a significant impact in the next three years

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Technology trends for 2015 David W. Cearley, vice president and Gartner Fellow.
By  David W. Cearley Published  December 16, 2014

Gartner's top strategy technology trends cover three themes: the merging of the real and virtual worlds, the advent of intelligence everywhere, and the technology impact of the digital business shift.

The trends have the potential for a significant impact on organisations in the next three years. This does not necessarily mean adoption and investment in all of the trends at the same rate. But companies should look to make deliberate decisions about them during the next two years.

Computing everywhere
As mobile devices continue to proliferate, Gartner predicts an increased emphasis on serving the needs of the mobile user in diverse contexts and environments, as opposed to focusing on devices alone.

The Internet of Things
The combination of data streams and services created by digitising everything creates four basic usage models - manage, monetise, operate and extend.

Advanced, pervasive and invisible analytics
Analytics will take centre stage as the volume of data generated by embedded systems increases and vast pools of structured and unstructured data inside and outside the enterprise are analysed with a focus on the answers, not the data.

Context-rich systems
Ubiquitous embedded intelligence combined with pervasive analytics will drive the development of systems that are alert to their surroundings and able to respond appropriately.

Smart machines
Prototype autonomous vehicles, advanced robots, virtual personal assistants and smart advisors already exist and will evolve rapidly, ushering in a new age of machine helpers. The smart machine era will be the most disruptive in the history of IT.

Cloud/client computing
The convergence of cloud and mobile computing will continue to promote the growth of centrally coordinated applications that can be delivered to any device.

Software-defined applications and infrastructure
Agile programming of everything from applications to basic infrastructure is essential to enable organisations to deliver the flexibility required to make the digital business work.

Web-scale IT
More organisations will begin thinking, acting and building applications and infrastructure like web giants such as Amazon, Google and Facebook.

Risk-based security and self-protection
All roads to the digital future lead through security. However, in a digital business world, security cannot be a roadblock that stops all progress. Organisations will increasingly recognise that it is not possible to provide a 100% secured environment. Once they acknowledge that, they can begin to apply more sophisticated risk assessment and mitigation tools.

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