To 2014 and beyond! Top Technology Trends for 2014


It’s that time of year again! The hectic holiday season is upon us (like, right up on us) and as usual, most people are only one incorrectly prepared latte away from a Stage 4 meltdown. While the media and merchants would have us believe it’s time for cozy fires, fight-free family gatherings and personal reflection; the more experienced holiday survivors know better. They know that December is time for wrapping up projects, jamming into lines as tight as a chimney to scrap for the “it” toy and checking your to-do list twice… make that three times. For those greater with celebratory ambitions, God help you if you plan to be at an airport, on a long car ride or at local production of the nutcracker. But not to worry, in just three short weeks the garland will be down along with your blood pressure as you return to work to face the year ahead. And for the cloud computing industry, the top technology trends for 2014 are worth coming back to work for.

Let’s back up a bit

In October of 2013, analysts amassed to explore looming industry trends during the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo held in Florida. Among other things this conference aims to gathers IT pros, leaders and business strategists to geek-out over new innovations, while sharing ideas and tools, and determining the top technology trends for 2014. In addition to being a world-class event, Gartner’s annual symposium is always held somewhere awesome.

So, what do the power-nerds have to say?

Following the 2013 conference, Gartner released what they (and their delegates) believe are the top technology trends for 2014 that we can expect to see after Seacrest drops the ball on Times Square. Here’s what folks in the cloud computing and BYOD worlds have to look forward to.

You and the Internet are going to get even closer

Hard to believe, I know, but Gartner predicts one of the top technology trends for 2014 will be Internet accessibility that indeed moves beyond devices like computers, smart phone and tablets. Difficult to imagine your iPhone not at the center of your universe but Internet connectivity within cars, home and office equipment (among other things) will ubiquitously digitize products and services. Everything will be online and you won’t have to whip out your phone to ride the WWW. I hope the iPad housing Steve Jobs’ soul has been notified.

Thinkin’ machines

Travelling ahead in time, Gartner analysts believe through 2020 and beyond we will live in an age of smart(er) machines designed to support work and industry while totally freaking us out. According to the top technology trends for 2014, we will see “a proliferation of contextually aware, intelligent personal assistants, smart advisors (such as IBM Watson), advanced global industrial systems and public availability of early examples of autonomous vehicles”. Essentially, machines will mimic human capability in ways we never thought possible. Slave machines, huh? Sociology majors will need the Acetaminophen Robot to manage this one.

Decreased device dependency

If businesses consider the lowered dependence on personal devices and the expected mass uptake of the personal cloud, it may seem like a waste to develop any BYOD polices at all. The personal cloud means employees will move away from using one specific (often their personal) device toward services-based models available entirely online. Ditching your device is great news for chronic smart phone checkers and even better news for businesses struggling to implement comprehensive BYOD policies. With fewer personal devices out there, companies can manage and protect their data while users access information in new ways. Imagine, your presentation and meeting notes available in the cloud and available to you through your conferencing system. R.I.P., memory stick.

Read the top technology trends for 2014

To read Gartner’s Top Technology Trends for 2014, click here.