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October 17th, 2014

Our take on a few of Gartner’s Top Technology Trends for 2015

We had a great time attending and sponsoring the 2015 Gartner Symposium/IT Expo in Orlando, Florida. It was a heady opportunity to step back and look at the big picture – envisioning where things are going and what it means to us all.

Gartner published a list of 10 Top Technology Trends for 2015 at the event. Looking at the five trends that resonated most with us, there’s a fascinating progression that begins with the concept of “Computing Everywhere,” adds “Advanced, Pervasive, and Invisible Analytics” and leads ultimately to the world of “Smart Machines.” Gartner predicts that “The smart machine era will be the most disruptive in the history of IT.” We believe they’re right – and it’s both scary and exciting. Guess that’s what “disruptive” means.

Computing Everywhere

Gartner predicts, “an increased emphasis on serving the needs of mobile users in diverse contexts and environments, as opposed to focusing on devices alone.”

We couldn’t agree more. We’ve been saying for quite a while now, what matters isn’t the device. It’s the user. Where are they? What are they doing? What are they going to do next? The device enables you to gather information, build understanding, and engage in a relevant way. A simple metaphor: It’s not about the phone. It’s about the conversation.


The Internet of Things

Gartner points out that the IoT has given rise to four usage models — “Manage, Monetize, Operate and Extend.” But these four basic models can be applied beyond IoT to assets, services, people and places, by enterprises from all industries.

Our take: Mobile and IoT are helping usher in not just new technologies and capabilities, but a new way of thinking – about everything.


Advanced, Pervasive and Invisible Analytics

According to Gartner, “Analytics will take center stage as the volume of data generated by embedded systems increases and vast pools of structured and unstructured data inside and outside the enterprise are analyzed.”

We think: There’s really a new level of abstraction needed – it’s not about the technology, the devices, the data. It’s about what you can do when you have access to new information, everywhere.


Context-Rich Systems

Gartner says, “Ubiquitous embedded intelligence combined with pervasive analytics will drive the development of systems that are alert to their surroundings and able to respond appropriately.”

We’re already seeing some exciting applications in the world of cybersecurity in our work with the Department of Homeland Security. The combination of continuous monitoring with near-real time analytics enables systems to be proactive – responding to threats before humans can.


Smart Machines

Finally, according to Gartner, “Deep analytics applied to an understanding of context provide the preconditions for a world of smart machines. This foundation combines with advanced algorithms that allow systems to understand their environment, learn for themselves, and act autonomously. Prototype autonomous vehicles, advanced robots, virtual personal assistants and smart advisors already exist and will evolve rapidly, ushering in a new age of machine helpers. The smart machine era will be the most disruptive in the history of IT.”

Dare we say it? It all sounds like a world where machines become more like people – with advanced analytics and embedded intelligence – and people become more like machines – with instant global connectivity, memory and processing power.

Reminds us of a white paper we recently put together on how M2M and Big Data Analytics are Transforming the World check it out!

Or for more on Gartner’s Top 10 Technology Trends, visit here.


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