Are you setting the pace for innovation, or is your organization having a hard time trying to catch up to the many trends and innovations of the day? If so, you should definitely download the Technology Outlook for 2013 from Sogeti. It deals with 12 trends no business innovator or manager can ignore. The focus is on systems of engagement and a more human centric approach to design and technology. I have outlined the 12 trends here in this post, but you will find more inspiration in the report.
Mobile BYOD – Bring your own Device, receiving the desired information, being mobile at work stays a top trend. Supporting a connecting workforce through Mobile/BYOD makes organizations attractive to new employees also aiming to increase work experience and productivity.
Smart TV –The ultimate media device: Interactive, HD and social raising questions such as who is in control of the content. Integration of Internet and Web 2.0 features into television sets and set-top boxes, as well as the technological convergence between computers and these television sets/set-top boxes.
Big Data – Big Data shows the hidden patterns in all sorts of data and help predict behavior and do predictive simulations. Big Data will improve customer insight, target customers and track sentiments online.
Cloud Services – The business promise of Cloud Computing is simple: Worry-free IT. Expected adoption is enormous. Application services are the first step to adoption. New way of software design will appear and there will be a rise of Cloud disaster recovery. In addition, real time analytics and Big Data will strengthen Cloud usage and storage of data.
Jericho Style Security – Securing the data, not the device, is the new security trend bringing a more granular and flexible security approach.
Privacy Enhancing Technologies – Technology to be used to turn privacy into a differentiating selling point. Big Data and other intrusive technologies require making Privacy a fundamental principle when designing new solutions.
Quality Assurance Across the Application Lifecycle – Testing of new applications is not enough anymore. A more complete Quality approach across the entire Application Lifecycle is one key success factor for the future. Testing or Quality are no longer restricted to the test teams, it is a shared IT and business responsibility.
Agile Methods – Agile has become a new paradigm to manage projects focusing on transparency, collaboration, iterative and incremental development significantly reducing the time-to-market. While initially Agile was mostly used in IT, it is now increasingly also applied in “business” projects.
Model Driven Engineering – With the maturity of modeling tools, Models are no longer used only for documentation in the software development process, they are now an integral part of the development and even operations process, allowing traceability between models, code generation, and automated testing.
3D Printing – 3D Printing will transform product information, non-food, retail and create an explosion of personalization. In short, consumers take over! 3D printing fosters agility which is a key factor for the years to come.
Internet of Things – Connecting physical things to the internet makes possible to access remote sensor data and to control the physical world from a distance. Sensors and smart devices will be making our lives easier and allow for optimization of large complex systems such as transportation grids, utilities, healthcare and others. New synergistic services will be developed that go beyond the possibilities of the current isolated embedded system.