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Gartner’s Top 10 Technologies for 2016 – Explained–Part Four

Gartner’s Top 10 Technologies for 2016 – Explained–Part Four

The New IT Reality and What you should do about it

A summary of a presentation given by Todd Kimble, Executive Partner, Gartner.

In the preceding posts of my summary of Todd Kimble’s incredible presentation (Todd is Executive Partner from Gartner) called “Gartner Technology Predictions for 2016,” we discussed the top technology trends and how it is affecting our world.  If you haven’t read these yet, go back and start with Part One, here.

In this final section, presented in two parts, I’ll present Todd’s summary of the New IT reality (this post) and we’ll conclude with Todd’s suggestions as what you need to do about it and why (our next and final post on this topic).

THE NEW IT Reality
Todd and Gartner suggest that that there are now four major areas to consider in this New IT Reality.

1.    Security – the surface area for security has increased dramatically and security must move to a predictive security architecture.  A secure perimeter approach is not enough.  You have to shift to a dual approach.  Continue the block and tackle on the perimeter and then include an approach to find the breaches that have already occurred and then root them out.

2.    Advanced Systems Architecture – processing power is dramatically increasing.  What has been allowing these changes to date has been the use of GPUs (Graphics Processing Units) for massively parallel processing.  GPUs power has increased 10,000 fold from just the last seven years.  But that is just the beginning.  We are now seeing a newer systems architecture based upon Field Programmable Gate Arrays that allow the people buying the circuits to configure them.  This new technology is the basis for IBM’s Watson.  We are already seeing a 70 fold increase in processing power OVER GPU technology.

3.    Mesh App & Service Architecture–As Todd explains, we are now evolving to a world of “Services Architecture on Steroids.”  Older applications are very self-contained.   There are inputs and outputs, but predominately the applications stand on their own.  In this new world of the “mesh” we will have applications residing on the cloud and your applications will use these apps, or micro-services, throughout the cloud.

Todd uses the current cell phones as an example.  The features of typing and spell check, etc. are already included in the environment, so the app builders don’t have to write that code, they just use it.  Apps in the mesh will work in the same way – there will be these micro services that will be called by the programs as needed.

4.    Internet of Things Architecture & Platforms.
The final major shift for the new IT reality, according to Todd and Gartner is the platforms that will be used to manage all of the new data created by the Internet of Things.

Think about it.   As we are connecting more and more devices to the Internet, we are creating more data that must be stored, moved, processed, etc.  There is no standard yet, but Todd predicts you’ll see the typical players such as Microsoft, Oracle and Google start to roll these platforms out to run your Internet of Things platform.  GE is doing the same for what they call the Industrial Internet.

As you can see – the increased processing capacity combined with advanced Service Architecture, in the mesh, and the tremendous volume of data in the Internet of Things sets the stage for a new IT Reality.
In our next and final post in this series, we’ll provide a summary of Todd’s recommendations of why you should care and how to prepare your company for these changes.

As I mentioned previously, I consider this a terrific presentation, and well worth studying, both in this series of brief articles and watching directly.


Additional Resources:
Read the first post here:

Read the second post here:

Read the third post here:

Watch the entire presentation here:

About Todd Kimble – the presenter.
Todd Kimble is an Executive Partner with Gartner Executive Programs supporting CIO and executive clients across a wide variety of enterprise customers. His primary areas of focus include strategic planning, technology innovation, enterprise application development, and the formation of efficient and high-performing IT organizations
About Alex Jarett
Alex Jarett is the founder and CEO of the Technology Executives Club and the Technology Innovation Institute, the official online education portal of the Club. The Club is dedicated to helping CIOs, Chief Innovation and Digital Officers, CTOs and senior Technology executives create growth through Technology Innovation and Leadership.

Updated: March 22, 2016 — 4:33 pm

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