In its latest predictions, technology analyst Gartner Inc warned that a number of innovative and disruptive technologies will reach a point of revolutionary convergence in 2013, reports Gail Purvis.
Social, mobile, cloud and information trends were building up into a nexus of converging forces, according to Gartner vice president and fellow David Cearley. Innovative and disruptive on their own, the confluence of these forces would revolutionise business and society, undermine old business models and create the basis for a next wave of technology.
“This does not necessarily mean enterprises should adopt and invest in all of the listed technologies; but need to be making deliberate decisions about how they fit with their expected near future needs,” Cearley said.
The top 10 strategic technology trends identified by Gartner for 2013 include:
- Mobile device battles
- Mobile applications and HTML5
- Personal cloud
- Enterprise app stores
- The internet of things
- Hybrid IT and cloud computing
- Strategic big data
- Actionable analytics
- In memory computing
- Integrated ecosystems