“Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt.”
“The top 10 strategic technology trends for 2013 include:
- Mobile Device Battles
- Mobile Applications and HTML5
- Personal Cloud
- Enterprise App Stores
- The Internet of Things
- Hybrid IT and Cloud Computing
- Strategic Big Data
- Actionable Analytics
- In Memory Computing
- Integrated Ecosystems”
The apparent Mobile dominance led us to do a word cloud (courtesy of TagCrowd ) of their top 10 together with their accompanying paragraphs which confirmed our observation. We filtered out single occurrence words and limited our count to 70 of the 366 words. Frequencies of > 10 occurred for Mobile (13) Services (12) Devices (10) and Cloud (10). Cloud-based had 3 occurrences. Full (pdf).
Reinforcing the currently perceived importance of mobile Display Search have just released certain of the latest findings from their Smartphones: Displays, Designs and Functionality report headlined Low-Cost Smartphone Shipments to Double Every Year from 2010 to 2016. It includes this global forecast showing smartphone shipments quadrupling from 2010 (over 250 million) to 2016 (over 1 billion).
Incidentally, we think, their low-cost (“defined as models with a selling price of less than $150” say £100) is well made and that it might also in the longer term be replicated to a lesser extent in the tablet market. This could well be another Asia Pacific phenomena.
Elsewhere Udozi (nice name!) with YouGov in their recent (early October) online research “…. highlights the increasing importance of mobile technology when it comes to creating an integrated consumer shopping experience across all channels.”
On the mobile device front “With a quarter of all smartphone users (26 per cent) and over a third of tablet owners (35 per cent) using their devices to browse for products online before going in store to make a purchase, the survey brings to light the role of mobile in the overall shopping eco-system and how it has the potential to bridge the gap between retailers’ online offering and their bricks and mortar stores.”
Increasingly in the 21st century Mobile (rather than money) makes the world go round!