Analysts at the well-known IT research and advisory firm Gartner, Inc., have highlighted their top 10 technology trends for 2015.
Gartner defines a strategic technology trend as one that has the potential to significantly impact an organization and their long-term plans, programs and initiatives in the next three years. Elements that represent a strategic technology trend include a commitment to make a major IT investment; a business risk of being late to adopt; and a high potential for the technology to significantly change the existing workflows of the organization, end-users and the IT department.
However, not all trends affect all organizations and industries equally.
Of the 10, NexusTek believes that there are three key trends in which most small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) will be affected by, and these three should be considered while planning an organization’s strategic IT roadmap.
These three trends can provide SMBs with costs savings, increased productivity, and a competive edge while other SMBs attempt to catch up.
- Computing Everywhere – Being able to access files and applications anywhere, anytime is Gartner’s #1 strategic technology trend, and is continuing stronger than ever before.
- This trend is now prevalent for SMBs as well as larger enterprises, as they also want their employees to be able to easily work away from the office and on the road, leading to incresed productivity.
- Hand-in-hand with this, SMBs also wish to accomodate customers who want the convenience of obtaining products or services when they need it, which can lead to increased revenue and competitive advantages.
- Not only does the Computing Everywhere trend tie into mobility and being able to access data from a number of devices, but also into meeting the needs of mobile users who wish to access data in a variety of environments and situations, impacting the design of the end-user experience.
- The Internet of Things – Gartner forecasts that as the Internet becomes even more pervasive in both our personal and professional lives, companies will continue to expand their usage of it in different ways.
- This not only affects their organizational and business workflows, but also the products and services they offer, and how they provide them to customers.
- The Internet of Things is a combination of data streams and services created by continuing to digitize, and includes four basic usage models – “Manage,” “Monetize,” “Operate,” and “Extend.” Gartner uses the “pay-per-use” service model as an example, which can extend beyond assets (e.g. equipment rental), to employees (e.g. movers), places (e.g. parking spots), and systems (e.g. cloud services).
- Cloud/Client Computing – This trend emphasizes the key role “The Cloud” will play going forward regarding the Software as a Service (SaaS) model.
- More companies are adopting Saas either partially or fully, and more software providers are only developing SaaS offerings, and applications are no longer being offered on an on-premise basis.
- An application will reside in a cloud, and it will be able to span multiple clients, leading to tremendous cost savings regarding administration, taking advantage of the latest technology more quickly, and greater convenience, mobility and scalability. A great example of this is Microsoft Office 365.
For the complete list of Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015, click here.
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