What we expect of the future of Internet and Technology:
1. Computing Everywhere: As smart-phone technology advances, smart-phones will be used in new contexts and environments. Along with wearables, smart-phones will offer connected screens in the workplace and in public. User experience will be key.
2. The Internet of Things (IoT): The Internet of Things is big and it will continue to grow along with user-oriented computing. Prediction: The Internet of Things will be the focus of digital business products and processes in industrial and operational contexts. Expect technology to be embedded everywhere.
The “Internet of Things” (IoT) is arguably the hottest topic in
technology right now, even if universal consensus has not been
reached in terms of defining exactly what “it” is. Key words
such as embedded technology, connectivity, convergence and
notions like efficiency and activity lend insight into this mostly
invisible – but very powerful – technology. Simply put, the
Internet of Things enables household or more “traditional”
products to connect with portable, networked devices, like PCs
and smartphones. The Internet of Things is making it possible to
connect anything and everything to the Internet.
3. 3D Printing: 3D printing is about to get cheaper, and its market will grow over the next three years. The expansion will be biggest in industrial, biomedical, and consumer applications helping companies reduce costs.
One of the most talked about new technologies is 3D printers,
and we expect consumers to embrace these products. There
will be double-digit percentage growth in unit shipments
through 2018, and 3D printers will bring in $76 million in total
revenue in 2014, up 44 percent over 2013. By 2018, we expect
3D printers to generate $175 million in total revenue.
Impacting everything from car parts, classrooms, food (!), to
internal organs (!!), we’re hearing of experiments constructing
entire cars and living rooms.
4. Advanced, Pervasive, Invisible Analytics
Analytics will continue to grow propelled by the Internet of Things, creating large pools of data. Every app will need to be an analytic app. But big data isn’t the most important thing: instead we’ll need big questions and big answers.
Let’s get one thing straight: There is no single correct
definition of the term “Big Data.” As a concept, Big Data
has been thrown around by practitioners, pundits and poseurs
for years and is now a term exhausted by overuse. But that
does not make it any less important for understanding how the
world around you really works, and how services and goods you
use every day
5. Context-Rich Systems: Thanks to embedded intelligence and analytics, systems will become alert and responsive to their surroundings. Expect context-aware security as well as other trends.
6.Smart Machines: Analytics and context will pave the way for smart machines that can learn for themselves and act accordingly. These machine helpers will continue to evolve. Prediction: The smart machines era will be the most disruptive in the history of IT.
7. Cloud/Client Architecture: As mobile computing meets cloud computing, centrally coordinated applications that can be delivered to any device will continue to grow. Apps that can use intelligence and storage effectively will see lower bandwidth costs. Expect to be able to use applications simultaneously on multiple devices.
8.Software-Defined Infrastructure and Applications
Software defined networking, storage, data centers and security are maturing. Cloud service software is configurable thanks to rich APIs. Computing will have to move away from static models to deal with the changing demands of digital business.
9. Web-Scale IT: More and more companies will begin thinking like Amazon, Google and Facebook. As cloud-optimized and software-defined methods become mainstream, we’ll see a move towards web-scale IT, starting with DevOps.
10. Risk-Based Security and Self-Protection: While 100% security solutions aren’t feasible, advanced risk assessment and mitigation will come into play in the next few years. Security will move away from perimeter defense to multi-faceted approaches. Expect security aware application design, dynamic and static application security testing, and runtime application self-protection.
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