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A preview of 2015 tech trends, Part II

Trends to Look for

Continuing last week’s discussion of Gartner Inc’s October projection of IT developments for 2015, one of the trends I described last week deserves a closer look:

Breaking news on the Internet of Things (IoT)

Tony Fadell, the visionary behind NEST Labs, the breakthrough IoT home automation company, was interviewed November 11 on Charlie Rose. He explained that when he sold his company to Google early this year it was to achieve his goal of marshalling the required resources to jumpstart availability of a new generation of home and office automation devices.

A former Apple engineer and Steve Jobs confidante, Fadell and his NEST partners have already launched programmable thermostats, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. What is most amazing about these new devices is their brilliant, ergonomic design. They are beautiful, with seamless presentation and marketing, much like Apple products. As is the case for human or virtual assistants, they learn about our behaviors and preferences over time.

NEST Thermostat

NEST Thermostat

The NEST Thermostat, for example, adjusts temperature settings according to weather it ‘senses’ we are at home, can be programmed to turn off when you are away, and adjusts your preset patterns based on actual behavior. In addition, it communicates with other IoT appliances with new, emerging wireless protocols that bridge the gap between Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other languages. On a related front, context-aware security is emerging as an integral part of ToI.

Google has been branching out into new domains for years. Years before purchasing NEST, it was looking for ways to develop an ecosystem that would actively shape consumers’ digital–and even physical–environments. This is in addition to its expanding smartphone and tablet Android system use, Google Glass, self-driving vehicles, and other initiatives.

Other trends to look for in 2015–

  • Resource Management

Gartner emphasizes a growing awareness of organizations about energy usage, based on compute-to-consumption ratios and KPI consumption. By 2017 expect to see energy management to become an enterprise-level discipline.

  • Software-Defined Infrastructure and Applications

Networking, storage, data center and security software are all rapidly evolving. Cloud service software, for example, is now easier to configure thanks to advances in APIs (application programming interfaces).

  • Fabric Data Centers

Fabric data centers provide a higher level integration of monolithic servers, storage and networks. Gartner predicts companies will eventually use ‘fabric-based computers,’ which will enjoy globally shared resources, as well.

  • Mobility

Gartner describes a “seamless shift between computing and communicating.” The report emphasizes that the Cloud and advances in data centers technology are making it easier to meet the portable device needs of consumers despite the challenges of.

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