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Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2016

When it comes to the tech industry, you either hold on tight, or you better wear a sturdy helmet. Gartner has shared what it views as the top most influential strategic technology trends for 2016. According to Gartner, a strategic trend is something that has the potential to significantly impact an organization by disruption or by creating demand for major investments.

Ten Trends for the Upcoming Year

  1. The device mesh
  2. Ambient user experience
  3. 3D printing materials
  4. Information of everything
  5. Advanced machine learning
  6. Autonomous agents
  7. Adaptive security
  8. Advanced system architecture
  9. Mesh app and service architecture
  10. Internet of Things platform

Currently, people are connected to everyone and everything through most of their devices. However, in the future, these devices are expected to become more connected, making it easier for users to access anything from anywhere on any device. This device mesh lays the groundwork for a better ambient user experience. This will help to ultimately blend the seams of all the different devices to make the user experience more uniform.

3D printing is evolving into a better, more practical occurrence. What people can print, the materials they use, and the speed at which the object prints are all set to improve and advance over the next twenty years.

Information being utilized by the digital mesh is expected to become less chaotic and be given by more linked systems. Deep neural nets (DNN) allow for machines to move past mere analysis of information and towards a system in which they can perceive the world. As machine learning rises, there will be more processes that are autonomous. Things like Siri are expected to become even more intelligent.

With the expansion of the digital age, and with it the “hacker industry,” there is a need for better security measures. IT leaders are shifting their focus towards better detection of threats and preventing hacks from occurring. All of these changes create a need for different computing architecture. Since machines today essentially possess their own brains, they have different needs.

Linear application designs are yesterday’s news, and the future is looking towards a more integrative approach between apps and services. The Internet of Things platform supports this meshing by enforcing the work IT does behind the curtain. You can view the original release here: http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3143521

About Danielle Koehler

Danielle is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. She has degrees in English and human resource management from Shippensburg University.

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