Consumerisation and mobility will continue to be the top trends driving technology in 2014 and beyond, says Gartner research vice president CHRIS HOWARD – and the continuing growth of the “Internet of Things” will extend the human-machine relationship.
“For many years IT has been mainly about managing infrastructure and operations, ” says Howard. “Now the pendulum is swinging back towards the ‘creation of the digital enterprise’, and managing (and monetising) data is the new key requirement.”
Big data will get even bigger with the influx of new information from the ‘Internet of Things’, says Howard. “It’s not necessarily about your fridge being connected to the Internet, which has been hyped for over a decade now,” he says. “It’s about the critical mass of sensor networks that already exists, largely in industrial and commercial spaces like utilities, mines and refineries. We have machines communicating with each other, making low-level decisions on their own and feeding appropriate data back to humans to enrich our knowledge. We are also seeing devices and locations gaining ‘histories’ based on human social network engagement.”