Gartner recently released their top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015 and first on the list was “Computing Everywhere”.
As mobile devices continue to proliferate, Gartner predicts an increased emphasis on serving the needs of the mobile user in diverse contexts and environments, as opposed to focusing on devices alone.
How does “Computing Everywhere” differ from “The Internet of Things”?
Although very similar, Computing Everywhere differs from “The Internet of Things” by asserting that all the objects that we traditionally use will have working, digital interfaces attached to them rather than just an online internet connection. With the emergence of Google Glass and Apple’s iWatch we’re talking about some advanced technology that is smart, wearable and can serve as computing devices.
What are the Implications of Computing Everywhere?
In 2014 people just expected for apps to be created for everything and to access the data they needed when and where they needed it. In 2015, Gartner is predicting this will be taken to the next level by not only providing the data, but also modifying how you will interact with the data based on where you are, what you are doing, the time of day etc.
Computing everywhere also means connected devices everywhere. Think restaurant tables that interact with your cell phones via bluetooth. Need a refill on your drink, just press a button. Intelligent screens, the internet of things and sensor technology will proliferate and be present in many different forms and sizes.
Implications for the Enterprise
At the present time, IT departments are not very well equipped to handle the challenges with the internet of things and ubiquitous availability. Data breaches, increased throughput and corporate policies are just some of the hurdles that will need to be addressed.
Big Data and Analytics Become Increasingly Important
As more and more devices are connected, there becomes infinitely more data to be collected and analyzed. Cloud data and analytics will be immense yet an integral component to businesses in learning behaviors of consumers and profiting from it.
Implications for the Individual
As an individual, the main concern for you will definitely be privacy. When everything is connected in your home and at each business you visit, it becomes increasingly harder to make sure all of your personal information is kept private and secure. From facebook to any app you install on your phone the opportunities for your personal data to leak just keeps growing.
A dependence on technology
With technology and connected devices doing more and more things for us, the consumer will more than likely become dependent on technology and has the opportunity to become more efficient at other things. He will be more productive at work or be able to do more things around the house. However, the door is also open to becoming too dependant on the technology and becoming lazy and distracted.
Investing In The Computing Everywhere Trend
One of the companies that is positioned to benefit from the trend of “Computing Everywhere” is Red Hat. Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, using a community-powered approach to provide reliable and high-performing cloud, virtualization, storage, Linux, and middleware technologies.