Category Archives: 2020

20 visions of life in the year 2020

2020 is only six years away and yet it’s a nice round number to use as a milestone from which to judge the progress of technology in the 21st Century.

Shift 2020 is a new book that has compiled predictions about life in 2020 from a wide range of thinkers and doers in the technology sector. After a successful crowdfunding campaign, the book is available digitally in a Kindle edition and iBooks-compatible version, and in paperback and hardcover versions if you’re an aficionado of physical media.

Here, we’ve picked out twenty excerpts from the book that we thought were worth sharing. We don’t necessarily agree with them all but they certainly capture the current spirit of optimism amongst technologists that arguably hasn’t been matched since Mars colonies and flying cars seemed close to reality in the 1950s and 60s.

via The Next Web.

The Nexus of Forces: more business focus, less tech

The Nexus of Forces has been a huge focus for research house Gartner for the last two years. The Nexus, which comprises of the four key pillars of tech, consists of information, mobile, cloud, and social. These remain top priorities for technologists in companies, says Gartner’s chief of research and VP Chris Howard.

According to Howard, who was speaking at the 2013 Gartner Symposium, “the Nexus of Forces applies to people inside and outside the organization, in multiple roles. Many emergent Nexus of Forces scenarios involve the Internet of Things and the Nexus of Forces requires a reset of security and risk management posture.”

According to Gartner, the convergence of these forces creates new opportunities for businesses, as every single business today is a digital business.

via Memeburn.

Gartner’s Technology Predictions for 2014, 2015 and 2016

Research and advisory firm, Gartner, has released its list of technology predictions and trends for the years 2013 and beyond.

According to Gartner, its top predictions focus on economic risks, opportunities and innovations that will impel CIO’s to move to the next generation of business-driven solutions.

The predictions were selected from across Gartner’s research areas and address trends and topics that underline the reduction of control that IT has over the forces that affect it.

The predictions include:

By 2014
IT hiring in major Western markets will come predominantly from Asian-headquartered companies enjoying double-digit growth. An increasing number of successful Asian companies, particularly from China and India, will be responsible for major hiring of IT professionals to support their growth at a time when Western companies will still be coping with the impact of the economic crisis. Aggravating the disparity between the hiring practices of Western and Asian organisations will be the increased use of industrialised IT solutions, which will further reduce the IT staffing needs of Western firms.

Check out 2015 and 2016….