Gartner identifies promising technologies

by CXOtoday News Desk    Sep 13, 2012

Gartner hypeEnterprises across verticals can leverage on transformational technologies such as virtualisation, cloud computing and data deduplication for doing business in an innovative way, according to a recent Hype Cycle Report by Gartner.

The analyst firm identifies 43 key technologies and that it believes will impact business performance during the next 10 years (see the image). According to Gartner, of the technologies listed, 24 of these will mature in the next 5 years and practically all of these will have a huge impact on business

“Some technologies, such as cloud computing, data deduplication and virtualisation will result in a major shift in industry dynamics and will also lead to the creation of a new and improved ecosystem,” said Sanish KB, Research Analyst at Gartner. He also pointed out that some of these technologies will become mainstream in less than two years.

According to Gartner, Indian enterprises are generally more price-sensitive compared to those in the mature markets. However, they have recently shown a tendency to invest in technology that offers a significant upside in terms of agility or productivity gains. The technology lag is slowly diminishing, like the case with server virtualisation and many enterprises in India are open to exploring new technologies to attain that extra bit of business differentiation in the growth phase.

The market is also witnessing the entry of local vendors in emerging, as well as mature, technology segments, covering areas such as cloud computing, application development, business intelligence, business process management suites, data centers, and green and sustainability technology tools, and offering the same through software as a service (SaaS) and the cloud.
Technologies such as IP telephony equipment, WAN optimisation controllers and virtualisation have advanced toward the Plateau of Productivity. However, among these technologies, IP telephony equipment and WAN optimisation controllers will be slow in their path to the Plateau of Productivity.

For example, Business intelligence (BI) platforms, COBIT, and entity resolution and analysis are expected to take more than 10 years to reach the plateau. Even though BI platforms are positioned on the Slope of Enlightenment, they will take time to reach the plateau, because of its low market and adoption level.

SaaS-related services will likely go through the Hype Cycle much faster than most other technologies. SaaS is moving quickly both on buyers and sellers side. There is a huge demand for SaaS both at the enterprise level as an increased number of software vendors are either offering or investing in offering some version of SaaS.