CIOs to look beyond Mobile, Cloud and Big Data

by CXOtoday News Desk    Nov 25, 2013

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The hot technology trends of today, such as mobile, big data and cloud computing, are likely to be run-of-the-mill by 2015. According to analyst firm Forrester, smart technologies such as machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies, software-defined infrastructure and advanced analytics would be trends to watch out for in the next 5 years.

Brian Hopkins, Forrester analyst and co-author of the report, mentioned in his blog that CIO and decision makers, who are banking only at emerging technologies, without looking beyond, are likely to lose competitive edge.

Forrester analysts have divided these technologies into four broad categories such as end-user computing, sensors and remote computing, process data management, and infrastructure and application platforms. Hopkins stated that these technologies will enable companies to blend contextual data with digital intelligence.

The report also stated that by 2018, tablets will be the most important computing device for enterprise users. Laptops and desktops will not completely disappear but will complement the tablet for more intensive creation tasks, while smartphones will remain the compact, multipurpose voice and small-screen device.

According to Forrester, mobile devices will have highly customized interfaces based on the user’s requirement and situation. Advanced collaboration through social applications will enable firms to participate in a “marketplace of ideas” from both internal and external sources, said the report.

The analyst firm predicts that there will be a rise of smart products with built-in technology that will allows users to sense, react, and communicate using context-aware computing and analytic data services. In-location positioning and machine-to-machine networks are also highlighted as key technology trends.

By 2018, the convergence of smart products, analytics, and cloud will increasingly provide real-time, two-way communication between businesses and their customers, products, and services. there will be a huge potential for providers to earn revenues from the Internet of Things. This would mean that M2M technologies will be supported by high-precision automatic location that can be embedded in virtually any device such as a wireless connection.

Firms will use advanced analytics, pervasive BI and process and data cloud services that will be capable of running on operational data in real-time and will be combined with huge unstructured data for deep analytics. Meanwhile, the private cloud model will fade as CIOs will not find it economical and public cloud too will continue to have its share of challenges. Therefore hybrid clouds will be the norm for large enterprises.

Hopkins mentioned in his report that emerging digital technologies are a primary driver of business evolution and disruption. Firms are grappling with an accelerating pace of business change while also trying to make IT simpler and more cost effective. With this in mind, business technology leaders, he believes will constantly look into the future to understand the “next big technology thing to make smart investment decisions.”