Gartner’s Top IT Trends of 2015 Require Specialized Talent

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Gartner, Inc. has “identified the top 10 technology trends that organizations cannot afford to ignore in their strategic planning processes," says David Cearley, vice president & Gartner Fellow. We take a closer look at the top 5 highlighted trends. Pyramid shares our insight into why these particular technologies made the list and why finding the right hidden talent is more important than ever before. 

1.    Computing Everywhere
We have been first-hand witnesses to the proliferation of the smart phone, laptop and tablet. As the next generation of technology is unveiled, we predict an increased usage of mobile devices with improved portability (including wearable electronics) and interconnection. These technologies will shape not only business processes but also the qualifications necessary for professionals to conduct business and sell to the consumer. 

From the Report: 
“Increasingly, it’s the overall environment that will need to adapt to the requirements of the mobile user. This will continue to raise significant management challenges for IT organizations as they lose control of user endpoint devices. It will also require increased attention to user experience design.” 

2.    The Internet of Things
The internet may not be a new technology in itself but as it continues to evolve, the resulting relationships between data streams and the digitization of business processes is facilitating the emergence of four prominent usage models – Manage, Monetize, Operate and Extend. The applications of these models has implications across a number of industries and technologies. 

From the Report: 
“Enterprises should not limit themselves to thinking that only the Internet of Things (IoT) (assets and machines) has the potential to leverage these four models. For example, the pay-per-use model can be applied to assets (such as industrial equipment), services (such as pay-as-you-drive insurance), people (such as movers), places (such as parking spots) and systems (such as cloud services). Enterprises from all industries can leverage these four models.”

The practical implications of these models is continuously evolving and, as outlined in the report, depends on the dynamic thought leadership of project managers and other high-level professionals to identify opportunities to maximize internet digitization for your specific business needs.

3.    3D Printing 
HP and other brands are releasing large-format 3D printers. Companies are leveraging these innovative machines through creative applications that improve production speed and quality consistency while minimizing downtime. It is anticipated that in 2015 we will see the further dissemination of both these large-format printers as well as their lower-cost cousins. 3D printing will require a combination of technology, design, and production management skills that have not frequently been required in one individual. Partnering with a staffing company, like Pyramid, who understands emerging technologies and how to identify their corresponding skill sets will be essential.

4.    Advanced, Pervasive and Invisible Analytics
“Big Data” has been a highly-visible trending IT topic for the past several years. In 2015, however, companies will be transitioning toward invisible analytics. As we get better at sourcing, storing and analyzing Big Data, it enables us to identify smarter solutions and deliver highly-specified consumer experiences. 

From the Report: 
“Every app now needs to be an analytic app. Organizations need to manage how best to filter the huge amounts of data coming from the IoT, social media and wearable devices, and then deliver exactly the right information to the right person, at the right time. Analytics will become deeply, but invisibly embedded everywhere.”

5.    Context Rich Systems
Consumer targeting will become even more individualized in 2015 through the implementation of technologies that are designed to understand the context in which purchasing decisions will be made. This can impact a company’s ability to identify security threats, control information flow and customize upsell opportunities, among others. 

From the Report: 
“Ubiquitous embedded intelligence combined with pervasive analytics will drive the development of systems that are alert to their surroundings and able to respond appropriately… By understanding the context of a user request, applications can not only adjust their security response but also adjust how information is delivered to the user, greatly simplifying an increasingly complex computing world.”

Professionals who bring big-picture insight and understanding beyond their technical qualifications will be the most effective at pinpointing distinct purchasing scenarios, analyzing the implications of each scenario and organizing the required actionable items.

2015 is sure to be a year of significant technological progress. It’s an exciting time for companies across all industries to leverage emerging technologies to help promote customer engagement, improve process efficiency and drive the bottom line. 

Posted Date: 
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 15:30