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A preview of 2015 tech trends, Part I

Can’t image life without my big screen PC

There’s been a lot of Internet buzz in recent weeks about technology research company Gartner Inc’s October projection of IT developments for 2015. I’ve discussed some of these trends in previous blogs. I’ll explore several others individually in future posts.

Here’s Segment I of trends described by Gartner analyst, David Cearley, at the firm’s annual Symposium/Itxpo:

Computing everywhere

There will be an acceleration of ‘computing everywhere’ as smart-phone technology continues to advance exponentially. Are you already comfortable using your small (now somewhat larger) mobile device screen? If not, invest time to become proficient in using your smartphone (or wearable) because mobile devices are now standard work and personal communication tools that are increasingly essential to professional and personal success. An interesting footnote: laptops and desktops are not disappearing as many IT marketers had been expecting just a short time ago. In fact, sales for these products are up. I, for one, can’t image life without my big screen PC!

“The Internet of Things (IOT)

As discussed in previous blogs, the Internet of Things, only now being introduced into household appliances, has already gained ground in digital business products and industrial processes. Internet linked ‘things’ are becoming increasingly aware of their surroundings, even learning from them. They are already communicating with us and one another in ways unimaginable just a few years ago.

3D printing

It’s a given that private use of 3D printing will thrive in coming years as it becomes increasingly affordable. Industrial, biomedical, and consumer 3D printing applications are already helping companies reduce costs.

Big analytics

The Deep Web and the Internet of Things are among factors generating Big Data with limitless potential for rich analysis. Every app, for example, needs an analytic component. All systems benefit from analytics because they are indispensable to helping organizations and individuals make decisions on a daily, even minute-to-minute basis.

Cloud Mobile Device Architecture

Cloud computing allows coordinated applications to be delivered to any device. With greater storage, lower bandwidth requirements and software breakthroughs, multiple device apps are increasingly standard and expected.

Web-Scale IT

Corporate intranets are now being modeled after internet goliaths like Amazon and Google. Web-Scale IT, as with DevOps, involves operations and development engineers working together through an organization’s service lifecycle, from design through development to¬†production support.

Risk based security and self-protection

While 100% security may never be feasible, expect a new generation of risk assessment and mitigation tools to emerge beginning in 2015. Security is becoming multi-faceted, expanding beyond perimeter defense to include things like advances in application design protection and dynamic/static application security.


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