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Gartner lists top 10 strategic technology trends for 2013

At its Symposium IT Expo in Orlando this week, Gartner analyst David Cappuccio laid out 10 critical tech trends and technologies for the next 5 years.

Cappuccio said that in the last minute, people sent 204 million emails, listened to 61,000 hours of music Pandora, viewed 20 million photos and uploaded 3 million uploads to Flickr,  sent 100,000 tweets, viewed 6 million Facebook posts, logged in to 277,000 Facebook accounts, and performed 2 million plus Google searches.

The trends clearly point to Mobile, Cloud and Internet. In fact, they capture 5 of the top 10 spots for next year. The top 10 strategic technology trends for 2013 are:

  1. Mobile devices battles. In 2013 more people will access the Internet by mobile device than by PC.
  2. Mobile applications and HTML5. JavaScript and HTML5 will become the mainstream app development environment.
  3. Personal Cloud. The Cloud and Cloud services will become more important with increased use and the need to sync several mobile devices.
  4. Internet of things. An increased number of “things” with sensors will connect to the Internet.
  5. Hybrid IT and Cloud computing. The trend towards increasing information managed in hybrid and Cloud applications allows IT departments to take on a coordination role.
  6. Strategic big data. To make strategic decisions, organizations need to aggregate and analyze data from multiple internal and external sources. This differs from the single data warehouse approach.
  7. Actionable analytics. Big data and analytics meet in the Cloud to allow rapid analysis and simulations. People will be able to conduct analysis via mobile devices.
  8. Mainstream in-memory computing. Increased memory capability can improve performance and decrease response time. New software will take advantage of memory capabilities and will allow self-service analytics.
  9. Integrated ecosystems. Software and services will be packaged as “appliances” to address infrastructure or application workload.
  10. Enterprise app stores. Organizations will deliver business applications through private app stores.
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The Internet Map

Photo: fastcompany design

I came across an interesting “infographic” today where Ruslan Enikeevcreated a map of the Internet universe—196 countries, 350,000 sites and 2,000,000 links. The result of his year-long undertaking looks like a color-coded map of the night sky.

The large aqua-colored “planets” at the center of the universe are Facebook, Google, YouTube and Yahoo.


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Smartphones and tablets–21st Century “beepers” or productivity tools?

Smartphones and tablets are cool and fun to use—so much so that workers check their mail at all hours of the day and night, at the dinner table, at their kids’ sporting events and at social gatherings. They check mail before going to work in the morning and after supper. They send business-related text messages at times when a phone call might be too intrusive. A YouTube video went viral; it showed a woman texting while walking, and she fell head-first into a fountain.

In some ways, smartphones and mobile devices make us more productive, and our bosses expect us to be on call 24 hours a day. Being on call with a smartphone is only marginally better than carrying a beeper.  I prefer to work only half days—from 7 am to 7 pm. As they say on Facebook, “LOL” or 🙂 .