Context-Rich Systems – Gartner’s Top Technology Trends for 2015

Coming in at number four for Gartner’s top technology trends for 2015 is Context Rich Systems.

Context Rich Systems

Ubiquitous embedded intelligence combined with pervasive analytics will drive the development of systems that are alert to their surroundings and able to respond appropriately.

Context rich systems has been one of Gartner’s favorite trends for quite a while and for good reason. ┬áThe use of complex systems and applications that utilize situational and environmental information about people places and things really has the ability to revolutionize the entire world.

Context rich systems falls into the same category as the internet of things and sensor technology for me as it is difficult to build context rich systems without the systems being connected through sensor technology.  The difference here is that context rich systems will be more focused on actually storing and processing all the data and developing the massive systems that are charged with making sense of all the data being collected via connected devices and sensors.

Why Is This Important?

As we move toward context rich systems we will move from a point where people expected to be connected all the time and have their data available to not only having the connectivity be commonplace, but an expectation that every object, place and environment will be aware who is there, what you are doing and how you are expected to interact with your surroundings.

Imagine if you will systems that can track foot traffic in and out of a store and then automatically recruit more floor workers to open up registers at big box retailers – freeing up lines and moving people through the store more quickly.