Posted by:Monica Samuel December 18th, 2012

Gartner recently published its preview on the technology trends of 2013 that will govern IT strategies and have enterprise decision makers brainstorming in boardrooms. Truly, 2012 has been a stupendous year with technology trends evolving at a speedy pace along with the profusion of smartphones, tablets, other mobile devices, high-speed cellular connectivity, private and public clouds, cloud platforms for almost every aspect of IT – PaaS, IaaS, SaaS, DaaS … and network virtualization.

Technology has created a metamorphosis of sorts. Communication has evolved and supporting devices have become accessible to masses. The mobile, cloud and web market has received a complete facelift.

Gartners’ Take on Technology Trends in 2013

Gartner defines a strategic technology as ‘one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt.’ Key trends for 2013 include:

Mobility & IT Consumerization

In China, web users on smartphones exceed those using the web via PCs. The phenomenon will become global by 2013, Gartner predicts. In the enterprise space too, IT will be unable to restrict the devices coming in (possibly, iOS, Google and Windows 8 in that order). Applications will not be standardized for Windows but will have to be developed to work on disparate devices, form factors and platforms. Moreover, 80% of the phones sold in mature markets will be smartphones.

Long-term shift to platform agnostic solutions

Touch-optimized mobile applications will gain prominence and there will be move (over time) from native mobile apps to platform agnostic technology (HTML5) that works on heterogeneous devices. The current milieu of native, web, HTML5, hybrid, special, Message and NoClient will continue for a while with native apps predominating.

Cloud storage

Users will gradually move away from physical hard disks to personal clouds for storing their personal content. Anytime, anywhere access to information on any device will be the mantra. Accordingly, there will be renewed emphasis on cloud management, security and mobile device management.

Rising popularity of Enterprise App Stores

Recently, Google launched Google Play Private Channels for enterprises to launch their apps to private users. More enterprises will launch enterprise app stores to do away with OS vendor restrictions, licensing terms and expense. IT may soon adopt the role of ‘market manager providing governance and brokerage services to users and potentially an ecosystem to support apptrepreneurs.’

The Internet of Things (IoT)

IoT is the extension of mobility to more than smartphones and tablets. Devices such as car sensors, machine and cloth chipsets, healthcare boards, etc., will tap into the Internet via NFC, data networks, WiFi, LE or Bluetooth. Along with the new range of devices and apps, will come new challenges.

Cloud Management by IT

IT is seeing the rise of the internal cloud services brokerage (CSB) role whose task is to facilitate provisioning and consumption of inherently distributed, heterogeneous and complex cloud services for their internal users and external business partners.

Strategic Big Data

From data to data warehouse is going to be the need of the day with increase in data volume, velocity and complexity. Traditional data stores will give way to file systems, content management systems, data marts, and the like.

Actionable Analytics and In-memory Computing

Real time analysis and statistical information available on mobile devices via cloud services will create transformational opportunities, drive proactive critical actions, and synergize communication. Vendors will create solutions on this theme to make the approach mainstream.

Integrated Ecosystems

Multifunctional appliances, cloud-based marketplaces and brokerages, and mobile OS vendors will drive a move towards integrated ecosystems versus isolated heterogeneous approaches.

Other trends that we think could become important in 2013 are open source software, NoSQL databases, private clouds, and unconventional security solutions.

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