Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014
Analysts Examine Top Industry Trends at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013 October 6-10 in OrlandoRead More
Gartner, Inc. today highlighted the top ten technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2014. Analysts presented their findings during Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, being held here through October 10.
Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include 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.
A strategic technology may be an existing technology that has matured and/or become suitable for a wider range of uses. It may also be an emerging technology that offers an opportunity for strategic business advantage for early adopters or with potential for significant market disruption in the next five years. These technologies impact the organization’s long-term plans, programs and initiatives.
“We have identified the top 10 technologies that companies should factor into their strategic planning processes,” said David Cearley. “This does not necessarily mean adoption and investment in all of the listed technologies, …
This year I am not going to make any hardball predictions. So, let’s play softballs.
1. Steve Ballmer is retiring from Microsoft. I really feel that Microsoft internal product line struggling is killing the company. They have become like their old time and tired rival IBM who in years past was laughed at for clinging to the old and tired main frames to keep the blood pumping. The same could be said for Microsoft clinging to revenue streams from Microsoft Server software, Microsoft Office, and 10 year old new kid on the block, Xbox gaming console. Microsoft needs a transfusion, out with the old guard and in with new blood that will revitalize the company, refocus and inspire a new generation of products.
Microsoft new CEO will be young, between the age of 48 and 52 years old. How is that for a softball?
2. Microsoft Tablets – Currently the IPad is 40% tablet market. The Microsoft Surface and other OEM manufactures running the Windows 8 OS comprise less than 2% of the tablet market. I predict that Microsoft Windows 8 style tables by both Microsoft and the OEMs will reach 6% of the Tablet market in 2014.
3. Universal …Read More
FUTURE TECH PREDICTIONS 2014
- Massive User Drop for facebook
Younger people are dropping like flies due to social media drama, “the Look at me” syndrome and PARENTS. Big changes in social media heading for 2014. Snapchat, twitter members increase, while the facebook drop opens the door for a new type of social media
- Amazon to tackle TV/Movie industry hard for 2014
Everything from its own TV hardware to Original programming and all cart content.
- Another Cyber Piracy crackdown coming
With a lot of the Internet big boys now producing their own TV and movie content, they will start protecting these copyrights.
-IA/MITechNews Combo will develop new podcast presence in 2014.
-Walled OS gardens (iOS, Android, Windows 8 etc.) will grow higher and more impregnable. Interoperability and Open Source are on life support.
-Steven Elop will be the new CEO of Microsoft when all the dust settles. The fix is in.
-Apple will succeed where others have failed with the smart watch.
-Aereo (depending on the outcome of the Supreme Court hearing in 2014)
-Facebook – will experience a HUGE loss of key user base (45-65) due to privacy, video auto play and other distractions.
-Barnes & Noble
-Google, the evil empire will rise to dominate the tech scene from mobile to OS.
-Amazon continue to will continue to dominate the eCommerce scene and maybe even release its own smartphone as a losing cost device like their tablets.
-Microsoft Surface products will gain wider acceptance and pave the way for Win 8 in popular mind. (BIG ACHILLES HEEL: Buggy software MUST be fixed (e.g. Evernote to YouVersion Bible)
-Windows Phone 8 will entrench itself as the third operating platform through solid overseas performance.
-TV Set-top box (w DVR) is new cord
Social Media Recap of 2013x
By Emily A. Hay, Hay There Social Media
Lucky 13, right? It may be more than luck that caused social media adoption rates to continue to grow among brands, small businesses and individuals alike.
Here’s a quick recap we’ve prepared for the end of the year Internet Advisor Show on WJR. What social media trends do you remember from 2013? What predictions are you most looking forward to in the new year? We’d love to hear from you!
– In 2013, 54% of all marketers have acquired a customer through Facebook. YouTube and Twitter come in second and third respectively as social networks that also allow brands to meet and do business with individuals they connect with. (Source: DigitalSherpa.com)
– Social media use during the SuperBowl was 3x higher than in 2012. 2013 was the year of the famous social media win by Oreo for reacting quickly enough during the power outage with a tweet that said, “Power Out? No problem. You can still dunk in the dark” (Source: GibbonsDigital.com)
For Small Businesses
– From a Q3 report, total reviews on Yelp’s sites, where consumers rate and leave comments about local businesses such …Read More
The famed science fiction writer had a pretty good bead on what our coming year would look like… 50 years ago!
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In 1964, famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov ventured a guess at what you might find if you set foot inside the 2014 World’s Fair . Using his gift for envisioning future technology, Asimov’s predictions from 50 years out are both stunningly accurate and perhaps a little bit depressing. Here’s a look at what he got right. Full Article …