2014 Tech Predictions Season Has Arrived

Every year it seems that retailers decide to move up their holiday promotions. Apparently October 1st is now fair game to roll out Santa and his helpers and start ringing the bells for the conglomerate of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and Festivus for the rest of us. A ?holiday season? mash-up if you will. (Followed by the inevitable Fox News ?War on Christmas? mantra and a whole lot of festive elevator music of course.)

It also seems that the annual technology predictions season has arrived early this year. Today Gartner published their Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014. It’s mobile, cloud, mobile cloud….3D printing. While I’m a bit surprised not to see Big Data on the list (perhaps it’s in the so-called “Trough of Disillusionment?”), the importance of cloud integration and data streams with the Internet of Everything is apparent.

Here’s Gartner’s list:

  1. Mobile Device Diversity and 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. 3-D Printing

Here are the my cloud data management predictions from last year:

  1. Master Data Management will catch fire in the cloud
  2. Cloud deployment options will extend the universal reach of MDM
  3. Integration will help broaden PaaS adoption
  4. ?Governed self-service? will become the Hybrid IT mantra
  5. Integration will surpass security as the primary barrier to cloud adoption in the enterprise

I’d say it wasn’t my best year. #1 might be true for Salesforce customers, although they wouldn’t call it MDM. #3 seems fairly close. #5 is apparently not the case, as cloud integration appears to be in greater demand, but less of a perceived barrier to cloud adoption.

Maybe I should leave the predictions to the experts. Let the 2014 predictions roll…oh, and Happy Holidays!


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