Orlando - What will rock IT's world in the next three years?
All flavors of mobile devices carried in bunches by end-users, a swell of interconnected and supportive mobile apps, personal clouds, hybrid clouds, Web-scale IT, the Internet of Everything and robotics are among a few.
End-users may triple the number of devices they carry, management suites will morph and 25 billion things on the Internet will be addressable through apps with interfaces that cover touch, voice and video. There is also a dose of 3D printing options, and some SAML thrown in (see No. 4) to meet identity and access demands.
This is Gartner's view of the world as laid out in its Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014. It was presented to CIOs and other IT executives at the annual Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Fla. And yes, mobile, cloud and big data are forcing functions.
Last week, in a forward-looking, scene-setting session (an annual CIO favorite), David Cearley, a Gartner Fellow and vice president, presented to a packed house a proposed future for IT.
Here's how it looks (and not in any particular order for the first eight, according to Cearley).