Sara Reiner | Contributor
December 05, 2012

Gartner’s Top 10 Tech Trends For 2013


As business value continues to move toward data and its associated uses in 2013 – technology is following.  Here are Gartner's “Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013,” are you ready?

  1. Mobile devices become the go-to for Internet access: Gartner predicts that in 2013, the mobile experience will take over desktop computers and become “the most common Web access device worldwide” and that this consumerization trend will “drives tablets into the enterprise.” Since the cloud and mobile spaces are mutually reinforcing trends, the “Bring your own device” trend will also accelerate.  
  2. Mobile Applications and HTML5: Native apps aren’t going anywhere, but Javascript will help catapult the new more mobile friendly version of the Web language HTML5, and browsers remain a mainstay application for developers.
  3. The Cloud gets Personal: Whether people know it or not, the Cloud is poised to be at the center of everyone’s digital lives. Since the Cloud helps your data sync across your devices, it will also help manage your content, apps and personal preferences. 
  4. The Internet of Things: The industry of Web-connected devices is going to continue to grow. According to Cisco Systems, there will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020. It’s important to think outside of the smartphone or laptop box - and about devices like T.V.s, GPS, and smart appliances.  There will be a wide array of new applications and services as more devices become connected.  
  5. The Hybrid IT and Cloud Computing: The role of IT is changing as the cloud pushes it to another level.  IT departments are doing more with less and have to operate in a new norm.
  6. Strategic Big Data:  Non-traditional data types and external data sources are going to take center stage. Corporate data is no longer coming from a single source, but through multiple interconnected systems, as Big Data starts influencing the information architecture of enterprises.
  7. Actionable Analytics:  As analytics become easier to deliver to users at the point of action, they will embolden decision making in the business process in real-time.  Mobile devices will have access to this data and can help support these business decisions. 
  8. Mainstream In-Memory Computing: In-Memory Computing, is a database management system that primarily relies on main memory for computer data storage.  Changes in design and architecture will improve response times and performance. This allows for self-service Business Intelligence in real-time that can be delivered to internal and external users via cloud services.
  9. Integrated Ecosystems: Software and services are now being packaged for application workload and infrastructure.  The want for assured security with simplicity at lower cost for the end user is what is driving this trend. Gartner predicts virtual appliances will become even more popular over the next five years as software is delivered as hardware.
  10. Enterprise App Stores: By the end of 2013, most companies will have private app stores that give employees access to their employer’s in-house apps, contributing to the more than 70 billion app downloads expected in 2013.