Gartner's Top 10 Tech Trends Through 2015
Gartner Inc. has outlined 10 I.T. initiatives that will keep technology executives occupied for the next few years.
Tablets can be used in many ways by businesses to augment office space and tedious processes. Companies also often receive pressure from the top-down to accommodate for whatever devices consumers are usingGartner calls this "the cool factor."
To prepare properly for implementing tablet operations, companies need to determine security guidelines and use profiles, build integration timelines (the critical timeframe for tablets being 2012 through 2014) and shop around for critical vendor support if needed.
Racks are getting denser, performance per kilowatt is increasing, and smaller data centers are able to handle more. This is the premise Gartner establishes for businesses to work with in the next two years, suggesting that "utilization levels and compute-to-energy ratios are paramount by 2013." The consultancy also emphasizes "logical growth without physical growth," as a way of retaining an organization's footprint.
Gartner stresses the increased awareness organizations must have surrounding energy usage, compute-to-consumption ratios and KPI consumption.
This firm also suggests that energy management will become an enterprise-level discipline by 2017, which will be enabled by energy management information systems.
A mobile focus requires a change in mindset, which Gartner dubs the "seamless shift between computing and communicating."
Noted is that mobile devices are not PCs, and though security remains a challenge, the variety of devices users demand platforms on makes building portals more difficult. But personal clouds and shrinking data centers are making it easier to meet the needs of consumers.
While, through 2013, more than 60 percent of I.T. adoption of the cloud will be to redeploy current applications, a shift will take place beyond that to exploit private and hybrid cloud techniques.
For this, Gartner advises companies to develop only after public services have been integrated with private delivery. The report also emphasizes results, as even at an enterprise-wide level, peer pressure can move projects forward without valid business reason to do so.
Fabric data centers involve the integration of many I.T. elements that are commonly disaggregated, such as monolithic servers, storage and networks. This enables fast component replacement/substitution and service-driven RTI while optimizing workloads.
Gartner projects things will continue to become increasingly integrated, until beyond fabric-based infrastructures, companies will embark on fabric-based computers, which will enjoy pooled and globally shared resources as well as any-to-any virtual connectivity.
Pointing to Glass's Law (sourced to Roger Sessions of ObjectWatch), which states that "for every 25 percent increase in functionality of a system, there is a 100 percent increase in the complexity of that system," Gartner predicts there will be an emphasis on the ability of an enterprise to get the most out of I.T. money spent.
Organizations have struggled dealing with Big Data on both fronts: I.T. needs to manage it effectively and the business side needs to know how to use it. This tends to leave Big Data static.
However, Big Data is a problem that only gets worse the longer you ignore it. Gartner asserts that companies should virtualize storage and de-duplication, evaluate all data inputs to get rid of what isn't necessary, and then segment and prioritize what's left.
As users expect service in real time and crowdsourcing support is becoming more prevalent, the effectiveness of reactive processes of service desks is dwindling. Gartner suggests companies build transition strategies that enable a proactive business productivity team.
Virtualization means delivering on many of I.T.'s promises: more automation, separating hardware from software, increased agility, simplified design, policy-based management, network management bonded to broader I.T. workflow systems, etc.
This will bring a lot of change in terms of processes and interaction, between humans, systems and one another.
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