'The Internet of Everything', 3-D Printing & IBM Watson: 2014 Tech Trends

Written by Oonagh Reidy     10/10/2013 | 11:50 | Category: PLATFORMS

Its elementary my dear Watson: "the smart machine era will be the most disruptive in the history of IT" say analysts Gartner.

Smart personal advisors such as IBM's Watson, are set to get big next year, along with 3-D Printing, The Internet of Everything, mobile apps, personal clouds. 

The Internet of Everything, where everything from cars to TV's are ran by internet, newly affordable 3D printers expected to grow 75 percent next year. 

 The personal cloud era is also upon us from next year, as is the mobile workforce, which has trebled in size.  

Tech is all about the next thing. So take a look at the trends hitting us in 2014, as predicted by analysts Gartner.

The top ten tech trends for organizations in 2014 were revealed Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, held in Orlando, Florida this week. 

"We have identified the top 10 technologies that companies should factor into their strategic planning processes," said Gartner Analyst, David Cearley. This doesn't necessarily mean adoption and investment in all of the listed technologies, but "companies should look to make deliberate decisions about them during the next two years", he says.   

The top 10 technology trends for 2014 include:

Mobile Device Diversity and Management

Through 2018, the growing variety of devices, computing styles, user contexts and interaction paradigms will make "everything everywhere" strategies unachievable. The unexpected consequence of bring your own device (BYOD) programs is a doubling or even tripling of the size of the mobile workforce. Enterprise policies on employee-owned hardware usage need to be thoroughly reviewed and, where necessary, updated and extended.

Mobile Apps and Applications

 Improved JavaScript performance will begin to push HTML5 and the browser as a mainstream enterprise application development environment. Apps will continue to grow while applications will begin to shrink. 

The Internet of Everything

The Internet is expanding beyond PCs and mobile devices into enterprise assets such as field equipment, and consumer items such as cars and televisions. Four basic models can be applied to any of the four "internets" (people, things, information and places).
Smart Machines

Through 2020, the smart machine era will blossom with a proliferation of contextually aware, intelligent personal assistants, smart advisors (such as IBM Watson), advanced global industrial systems and public availability of early examples of autonomous vehicles. The smart machine era will be the most disruptive in the history of IT. 

3-D Printing 

Worldwide shipments of 3D printers are expected to grow 75 percent in 2014 followed by a near doubling of unit shipments in 2015. The market for devices ranging from $50,000 to $500, is nascent yet growing rapidly. The consumer market hype has made organizations aware of the fact 3D printing is a real, viable and cost-effective means to reduce costs through improved designs, streamlined prototyping and short-run manufacturing. 

Hybrid Cloud and IT as Service Broker

Bringing together personal clouds and external private cloud services is an imperative. Enterprises should design private cloud services with a hybrid future in mind and make sure future integration/interoperability is possible. Terms like "overdrafting" and "cloudbursting" are often used to describe what hybrid cloud computing will make possible. However, the vast majority of hybrid cloud services will initially be much less dynamic than that. 

Cloud/Client Architecture

Cloud/client computing models are shifting. In the cloud/client architecture, the client is a rich application running on an Internet-connected device, and the server is a set of application services hosted in an increasingly elastically scalable cloud computing platform. 

The Era of Personal Cloud

The personal cloud era will mark a power shift away from devices toward services. Users will use a collection of devices, with the PC remaining one of many options, but no one device will be the primary hub. Rather, the personal cloud will take on that role. 

Software Defined Anything

Software-defined anything (SDx) encapsulates the growing market momentum for improved standards for infrastructure programmability and data center interoperability driven by automation inherent to cloud computing, DevOps and fast infrastructure provisioning. 

Web-Scale IT

Web-scale IT is a pattern of global-class computing that delivers the capabilities of large cloud service providers within an enterprise IT setting by rethinking positions across several dimensions. Large cloud services providers such as Amazon, Google, Facebook, are re-inventing the way IT in which IT services can be delivered.