Looking Ahead: Tech Trends for 2013

The New Year is just around the corner and it’s never to early to start looking at the new technology that will be available in 2013.

Gartner announced its top 10 tech trends at the annual IT/expo in Orlando last week, with
the mobile device battle topping their list.  2013 is looking to be a fun year in the technology arena. Let’s take a look at the rest of the upcoming year’s trends:

  1. Mobile Devices: Mobile phones are expected to overtake PCs as the most common Web access device. Will they serve as a replacement? According to Gartner, yes and no. IT departments may need to adapt, shifting focus to supporting mobile devices for workers who need them. However, they do believe that this signals the end of Windows as the single platform for the corporate world.
  2. A long-term shift from native apps to Web apps as HTML5 becomes more capable: There has been a lot of talk about the switch to HTML5. Native apps won’t be a thing of the past. In fact, they will still provide the best user interfaces and more sophisticated features.
  3. The personal cloud replaces the notion of personal computer: How many of you store multiple items in the cloud? If you don’t yet, chances are you will store everything on the cloud.
  4. The Internet of things: Absolutely every device will be connected to the Internet, cameras, microphones, buildings and sensors included. This change will lead to new products, including tax policies, and will raise new questions. I think this will be an interesting trend to watch, especially in how it affects business development.
  5. Cloud computing: As the cloud continues to gain traction, IT departments are going to shift part of their focus on creating cloud services brokerages for the management of access to the cloud.
  6. Strategic big data: Big data is becoming more economical as the cost of servers and CPUs has decreased. Gartner believes that more companies will be moving toward big data analysis.
  7. Actionable analytics: This trend links with number six. Because low-cost processing is cheaper, it enables companies to dive in to perform analytics and simulations. This trend may provide more companies with the ability to predict the future.
  8. In-memory computing: Gartner believes that this is transformational. The technology enables long processes to be completed in a manner of minutes – even seconds. Any expenses incurred in implementing in-memory computing will pay for itself in increased efficiencies.
  9. Virtual appliances integrated ecosystems: Virtual appliances not take the place of physical appliances, but will gain traction.
  10. Enterprise App Stores: Apps are becoming the source for users to get everything they need from a company. IT departments will turn essentially into market managers.

Have you seen any evidence of these trends in your daily life?