I saw this press release about Gartner’s top 10 forecasts from Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando this week and was surprised how narrow and un-actionable many of the findings are
Digital Industrial Revolution
This section focuses primarily on 3D printing. As I talk to manufacturers around the world, there is actually muted excitement about 3D printing (the concepts have been around since the 1970s). They are far more excited about agile, humanoid robots; wearable computing, mass customization tools, augmented reality worker training etc and in technology enabled products and services they can migrate their analog products to.
Having just helped write a book titled the Digital Enterprise, the reality is every industry is rethinking with technology every process in every country. The list is very long -from facial recognition to provide premium service to important retail, casino customers to complex event processing to fight banking fraud and customize retail promotions
Gartner talks dates a decade+ out. A GE executive, in an interview for the book above, told me only partly tongue in cheek, smart is too modest a term for its turbines, scanners, engines and locomotives. Brilliant is a better term. And by the way they are in production today.
Internet of Things
Gartner talks about the promise of data from consumer wearable devices. There is much, much bigger payback from sensors and tags and satellites which are already helping with predictive maintenance, logistics applications, various civic applications, smarter homes, smarter electric grids etc.
Several of the Gartner predictions are aimed more at policy makers. Not sure as a technologist I would really know what to do with predictions of social unrest or lack of privacy protection. That’s what I mean by not really actionable.
On the other hand, there is surprisingly nothing on security trends given growing cyber risks. Or much on the data ocean. Or changing social landscape.
I realize Gartner has thousands of presentations and research notes that drill into many of these detailed areas. Symposium is where Gartner brings it together. As it says the event “is the world’s most important gathering of CIOs and senior IT executives”.
In that sense, this Top 10 list is disappointing.
(Cross-posted @ DealArchitect Full)