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Forrester: Systems of engagement will revolutionise tech by 2018

Sophie Curtis | Feb. 13, 2013
Smart products, machine-to-machine networks, advanced analytics and software-defined infrastructure are among the top 15 emerging business technology trends to watch, from now through to 2018, according to analyst firm Forrester.

Finally, infrastructure and application platforms, including big data platforms, breakthrough storage and compute, Software-defined infrastructure, cloud application frameworks and new identity and trust models, will all be key components of the data centre of the future.

Big data platforms will replace enterprise data warehouses built on relational databases as the heart of analytic and BI technology platforms, data centres will be designed around cooling systems that use ambient air, and OpenFlow will evolve to enable flexible orchestration across the network.

Meanwhile, the private cloud "pipe dream" will fade as firms realise that it's simply not economical and public cloud is a reality they have to face. Hybrids will be the norm for large enterprises, and enterprise applications running on pure public cloud will not be uncommon.

"Emerging digital technologies are a primary driver of business evolution and disruption. Firms are grappling with an accelerating pace of business change while also trying to make IT simpler and more cost effective," said Hopkins in his report.

"Amid these forces, savvy enterprise architects, IT strategists, and business technology leaders are constantly peering into the future to recognise the next big technology thing in time to make good investment decisions."


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