Top Ten Technology Trends for 2014

According to analysts at Gartner, Inc., there are 10 major technologies which are expected to affect business significantly in 2014.

Some are existing technologies which have expanded or stabilized, making them ideal candidates for implementation; while others are relatively new tech, with the possibility of early adoption allowing businesses to gain an edge.

If you company has or plans to implement a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy, parameters for acceptable use, privacy, employee rights and company confidentiality need to be hammered into place sooner than later, since this is expected to be the norm by 2018.

2. Mobile Apps
HTML5 is being boosted by improved JavaScript, and is expected to become the standard in the coming year. Bulky applications continue to be replaced by more user friendly apps; these, in turn, are becoming building blocks that can be “snapped together” to form larger, more comprehensive applications.

3. Hybridization of the Cloud
Personal, private and public clouds will be required to intersect and interact on a compatible level. Adopting a hybrid attitude now and readying your company for integration with a CSB (cloud service broker) could put you well ahead of the competition when it comes to computing.

4. Computing Architecture
The scalable cloud platform allows a higher power of computing, but client based applications may be less expensive in the long run. Decide if your company will benefit more from having a higher percentage of its computing and storage needs handled client-side or server-side.

5. Digitization
The internet isn’t something you access only from PCs, laptops, tablets and phones anymore. Capability is being built into cars, field equipment, and even televisions, changing the way we interact with the objects around us. Early adapters must be innovative and expect a significant investment.

6. Service vs. Devices
While devices will still be necessary, the services they allow access to are the main selling point as we move into 2014. Users are shifting to a collection of devices using the same service as the market consolidates and “personal clouds” emerge.

7. Interoperable Infrastructure
Software-defined anything (SDx) is a collective term that incorporates initiatives such as OpenStack, OpenFlow, the Open Compute Project and Open Rack, with a focus on interoperability and adaptable infrastructure. You will have to determine if and how you should be using SDx initiatives moving forward.

8. Reinvented IT
Global class computing is being used by many top companies to reinvent the way IT services are delivered, creating a web-scale IT universe. This can allow you to build systems that reduce cost and waste and recover from failure rapidly.

9. 3-D Printing
The number of 3D printers shipped worldwide has a projected growth of 75% in 12014, followed by a doubling of the resulting figure in 2015. This is existing tech that has recently exploded into visibility, with real world applications encouraging more and more people to jump on the trend.

10. Smart Machines
By 2020, some projections expect that individuals as well as businesses will be using smart machines to be more accurate and successful. With higher intelligence and contextual awareness, machines could make a big impact on your industry.

Business owners should be examining all of these trends and making decisions as to their potential use and benefit in the next 24 months. The future is here – will you be a leader or a follower?

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