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Gartner: Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2014

Gartner just concluded its Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013 in Orlando, gathering tens of thousands of IT executives. Among the most anticipated aspects of the gathering are the ruminations from the Gartner pontificators regarding IT trends.  Among several trends shared were the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014.

See the list on Forbes.

Did Enterprise Tablet Adoption Catch Google By Surprise?

The IDC expects worldwide tablet shipments to reach 227.4 million units in 2013.

In particular, tablet adoption by U.S. businesses is surging.

By the IDC’s own admission, education projects and adoption in vertical markets such as retail are contributing factors as this segment is set to slowly double from the 10% share it held in 2012 to 20% by 2017.

But did the explosion in tablet usage in the enterprise sector really catch Google off guard?

It certainly caught Google Chairman Eric Schmidt by surprise.

“I was actually surprised by this. I didn’t call this. Would the phone replace the PC?  I figured employees would be using a PC and a phone,” Schmidt said last week at the Gartner Symposium/IT Expo 2013 in Orlando, Florida.

via Mobile Marketing Watch.

2014 enterprise trends: BYOD pain, HTML5 apps, hybrid cloud, SDx

The bring your own device movement is going to strain corporate technology and finance departments as enterprises struggle to manage mobile. Meanwhile, hybrid cloud approaches are going to be hyped and get ready for software defined everything.

Those takeaways were included in Gartner‘s top 10 strategic technology trends for 2014. Not surprisingly, mobile, cloud with multiple plays on big data were front and center for companies. Here’s the breakdown.

  1. Mobile device management. By 2018, the size of the mobile workforce will double or triple. Companies are going to have to set policies and architecture to keep data safe. In other words, BYOD may become a BPITB (big pain in the butt).
  2. HTML5 is the app platform of choice. Gartner is betting that improved JavaScript performance through 2014 will make HTML5 the go-to enterprise application development tool. Companies should look to build targeted mobile apps that can “snap together” to create larger applications.

See the complete list on ZDNet.