Seeing into the future typically only happens in science fiction related media. However, predicting what is to come by looking at industry trends is a different story and something that is happening in boardrooms around the world. In IT departments, decision-makers are sifting through the piles of new technologies and strategies that could either become the next big thing or a passing fad.
To offer a hand, tech research firm Gartner, released their 2013 tech trends that businesses need to be aware of. According to David Cearley, an analyst at Gartner, the list is just a resource for IT Principals to help with investing.
"We have identified the top 10 technologies that will be strategic for most organizations, and that IT leaders should factor into their strategic planning processes over the next two years," said Cearley. "This does not necessarily mean enterprises should adopt and invest in all of the listed technologies; however companies need to be making deliberate decisions about how they fit with their expected needs in the near future."
Mobile devices and the battle to have the best gadget tops the list. According to the study, Gartner predicts that by 2015 tablets and smartphones shipments will reach around 50 percent of the total number of laptop shipments.
The list continues with Web-based application development, cloud computing, big data, in-memory computing and an integrated tech ecosystems. Many of these solutions can become interconnected.
For IT Principals, there are a number of new challenges on the horizon. Having reliable resources like VARs and MSPs can allow businesses to adopt new trends quickly and efficiently. Top Solution Providers partner with VAR Staffing to access the most impactful talent for the IT channel.