Deloitte’s annual Technology Trends report examines the ever-evolving landscape of technology put to business use. Although it is written from the perspective of the CIO, it will also inform business executives on exciting new possibilities to apply technology to address their most pressing business challenges. This year we identified ten important trends, clustered in two categories:
(Re)Emerging Enablers are trends that many CIOs have spent time, thought, and resources on in the past – perhaps multiple times. This year these familiar topics deserve another look due to specific factors in the technology or business environment.
Disruptive Deployments are trends that present significant new opportunities – offering new business models or transformative ways to operate. The technologies themselves are not necessarily disruptive, but when deployed as discussed, they could disrupt the cost, capabilities, or even the core operating model of IT and the business.
Woven through many of the trends is the growing convergence of cloud, social and mobile computing, analytics, and cyber – fundamentally changing how information is accessed and used in business operations and decision-making. The focus less on the mechanics of technology. The mentality of “there’s an app for that” captures the essence of this change, engaging users wherever and whenever they choose.
Each trend will have business impact over the next 18 months. Use the convergence to your advantage. Take time to develop an explicit strategy in each area, even if you choose to simply wait and see.
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