Gartner's Top Technology Trends for 2014

By: Absolute Editorial Team | 10/10/2013

As we enter the last quarter of 2013, many analysts will begin putting together summaries of the past year and predictions for what's to come in 2014. Last year, experts chimed in with their 2013 predictions, and it's always interesting to see how many of these predictions were right as well as what surprises came up during the year. Experts couldn't have predicted, for example, the revelation by Edward Snowden that the NSA has been intercepting data, putting cloud security into question.

Starting off the predictions for 2014, Gartner analysts have examined the top industry trends at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo held this week to create the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014. These trends look at technologies that have the potential to significantly impact the enterprise within the next 3 years with factors including a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt.

These trends include:

  1. Mobile device diversity & management
  2. Mobile apps and applications
  3. The Internet of everything
  4. Hybrid cloud and IT as service broker
  5. Cloud/client architecture
  6. The era of personal cloud
  7. Software defined anything
  8. Web-scale IT
  9. Smart machines
  10. 3D printing

It's interesting to see how many of these trends intersect and how many of these trends impact data security. As the list notes, "users will use a collection of devices… but no one device will be the primary hub," noting a shift in perception from securing devices to securing data and users. This kind of shift is reflected in many points of this list. Check out the full list for details on all of these trends.

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