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Strategic Technology Trends for 2013


Strategic Technology Trends for 2013


Recently Gartner announced 'The Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013' that Gartner analysts had identified, noting that "Analysts presented their findings during Gartner Symposium/ITxpo."

David Cearley, vice president and Gartner fellow, said "We have identified the top 10 technologies that will be strategic for most organizations, and that IT leaders should factor into their strategic planning processes over the next two years. This does not necessarily mean enterprises should adopt and invest in all of the listed technologies; however companies need to be making deliberate decisions about how they fit with their expected needs in the near future."

Below we explore some of the key areas identified for IT operations.

Actionable Analytics

Gartner said that "With the improvement of performance and costs, IT leaders can afford to perform analytics and simulation for every action taken in the business. The mobile client linked to cloud-based analytic engines and big data repositories potentially enables use of optimization and simulation everywhere and every time. This new step provides simulation, prediction, optimization and other analytics, to empower even more decision flexibility at the time and place of every business process action." 

Earlier this year, Gartner published Hype Report on IT Operations Management, showing the momentum that IT Operations Analytics is gathering in this space. We noted that "A new generation of IT operation analytics technologies is emerging, providing IT the insight to address problems early on. In doing so, IT professionals are preventing the fire drills that result in MTTR (mean time to repair) focus and metrics. In turn, IT should have more time to prevent performance incidents from occurring at all, pursue these preventive "fixes" in an orderly and efficient manner, and, ultimately, devote more time to optimizing the use of technology for business gain."  

Last month we explored the growing area of IT Operations Analytics in popular webinar, saying how IT Operations face new levels of challenges that can no longer be handled with existing approaches and need to apply some more serious brain power to help deal with the complexity and dynamics of today's IT environments. IT Operations Analytics can deliver the intelligence IT operations organization are craving, allowing them to turn piles of IT operations' data into actionable information.  

Strategic Big Data

Gartner reports that "Dealing with data volume, variety, velocity and complexity is forcing changes to many traditional approaches. This realization is leading organizations to abandon the concept of a single enterprise data warehouse containing all information needed for decisions. Instead they are moving towards multiple systems, including content management, data warehouses, data marts and specialized file systems tied together with data services and metadata, which will become the "logical" enterprise data warehouse." 

We recently considered how Big Data is being dealt with, explaining that " IT needs to simply better address how information is handled. No matter whether the data is big or small, everything that IT focuses on should be to achieve one thing: making data smart and actionable." 

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Martin Perlin