For businesses to remain competitive in their industries, they must make sure they are keeping up with the latest tech trends. That's why reports such as Gartner's Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, released late last week, are so important. The Gartner report analyzes technologies, services, and disciplines that have changed most from 2013 to 2014 in their position on the hype cycle, time to plateau, rating, and adoption rates, and according to this year's version, the Internet of Things has replaced big data as the most hyped technology.
The Internet of Things is the concept of smart devices. Non-traditional machines are increasingly built with online capabilities, which dramatically increases their functionality. The IoT idea will eventually connect regular office products to the internet, providing organizations with opportunities for collaboration and efficient data sharing.
Given IoT's lofty position in the hype cycle, businesses must make sure they are keeping up with the trend. Lee Rainie, the director of Internet, Science and Technology research at the Pew Research Center, shared his thoughts on the hype cycle and how it plays into overall business technology trends.
"Even though the hype cycle is not specifically based on data, the judgment of Gartner analysts about the state of technology adoption often tracks with opinions of other elite observers," Rainie said. "There are sometimes disputes about where on the curve any individual innovation might rest, but there have been few challenges to the general trends it outlines."
Businesses that can't keep up with trends and capitalize on them will find themselves looking up at their competition. This is an opportunity for VARs and MSPs to help support tech initiatives that pertain to the latest trends. Of course, this will require talented and smart individuals who have a good eye for these trends. VAR Staffing helps VARs and MSPs find the right people for this need.