My partner in crime Stephen looked back at how he did with his predictions for last year, so I thought I better do the same.
Ubiquitous analytics. In 2010 business intelligence will become less about the power user, and more about democratised access to the ad hoc query. In memory databases will underpin the trend. I think I can safely say this one was a fail. On the other hand, I don’t feel bad, because as Stephen says:
Consider that RedMonk, a four person analyst shop, has the technical wherewithal to attack datasets ranging from gigabytes to terabytes in size. Unless you’re making institutional money, budgets historically have not permitted this. The tools of Big Data have never been more accessible than they are today.
Location, location, location: the new frontier in app dev is location-aware applications and services, for internal, asset and service management, and B2C. This is a win. IBM may not have acquired ESRI yet, but location is certainly hot. Foursquare went big in 2010, driving the notion of a “check in”. Location is making more and more sense in mobile. One area Android pounds Apple into the dust is maps and location-based services. I called it a frontier, and I think I was right. Folks like my client Actuate now support maps natively in their reporting platform.
Which underpins a new wave of mobile services as smart phones become pervasive. Augmented Reality will begin to make a mark in the mobile space. Initial experiences in Europe are likely to be in augmented tourism next summer – where you point your phone at a building and it shows you the associated wikipedia entry. While AR didn’t break out in the summer of 2010 as I expected, it is becoming really interesting. See this post for some great examples. While the Word Lens demo didn’t work in the office when we tried it, it did for others, and this video will blow you away:
Greener business processes through deeper instrumentation, more effective automation and orchestration. Smart Grids, LessWater, LessCoal etc. Resource footprint reduction will be a megatrend from here on in. See IBM’s Smarter Planet.
Another win. While green in general has been a recessionary bust – (in sustainability flat is the new growth) IBM blew the doors off in large scale public sector projects predicated on more sustainable outcomes through systems thinking. IBM’s share price hit …