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Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2016

  • Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2016-

    The Device Mesh

    The device mesh refers to an expanding set of endpoints people use to access applications and information or interact with people, social communities, governments and businesses. The device mesh includes mobile devices, wearable, consumer and home electronic devices, automotive devices and environmental devices — such as sensors in the Internet of Things (IoT).

    "In the post-mobile world the focus shifts to the mobile user who is surrounded by a mesh of devices extending well beyond traditional mobile devices," said Mr. Cearley.

    While devices are increasingly connected to back-end systems through various networks, they have often operated in isolation from one another. As the device mesh evolves, Gartner expects connection models to expand and greater cooperative interaction between devices to emerge.

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Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2016

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    The Device Mesh

    The device mesh refers to an expanding set of endpoints people use to access applications and information or interact with people, social communities, governments and businesses. The device mesh includes mobile devices, wearable, consumer and home electronic devices, automotive devices and environmental devices — such as sensors in the Internet of Things (IoT).

    "In the post-mobile world the focus shifts to the mobile user who is surrounded by a mesh of devices extending well beyond traditional mobile devices," said Mr. Cearley.

    While devices are increasingly connected to back-end systems through various networks, they have often operated in isolation from one another. As the device mesh evolves, Gartner expects connection models to expand and greater cooperative interaction between devices to emerge.

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Technology is constantly evolving and maturing. It moves from a nascent, undefined entity to one that is widely accepted and becomes so commonplace that we wonder how we ever functioned without it. Mobile and cloud are two prominent examples of such a journey. From businesses to individual consumers, everyone is connected to everyone, everywhere, all the time.

Newer technologies such as smart devices, IoT, software-defined everything and 3D printing are also making headway in their mainstream adoption. So much so that recently, two students from a British Columbia school used a classroom 3D printer to create a mini wheelchair for a formerly feral kitten who lost it legs shortly after birth. The possibilities for where these technologies will take us and how they can impact our lives are endless.

Gartner recently released its list of the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2016. Gartner defines these trends as those with the potential for having a significant impact on the organization. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to the business, end users or IT; the need for a major investment; or the risk of being late to adopt.

"Gartner's top 10 strategic technology trends will shape digital business opportunities through 2020," said David Cearley, vice president and Gartner Fellow.

Here are the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2016.