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Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014 and later – Probability, analysis and impact – Part 6/6

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Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014 and later – Probability, analysis and impact – Part 6/6

Gartner is in the business of identifying important trends in and related to IT and helping enterprises prepare for them. They are market leader in their field. Here are Gartner’s top ten strategic technology trends for 2014 with my opinion and analysis of trends I find most interesting. Some of these have the potential to become important and even disruptive for enterprises. Some are here to stay, like 3D printing. And others merely have been identified as a possible trend. Due to the length of this article I’ve split it up into four parts. This is part 6 of 6 covering trends 9 and 10:  Smart machines and 3D Printing. The ‘smart machines’ trend is a bit ‘sci-fi’ like. Stay with us to discover which smart machines already exist today.    Trend 9: Smart Machines Through 2020, the smart machine era will blossom with a proliferation of contextually aware, intelligent personal assistants, smart advisors (such as IBM Watson), advanced global industrial systems and public availability of early examples of autonomous vehicles. The smart machine era will be the most disruptive in the history of IT. New systems that begin to fulfill some of the earliest visions for what information technologies might accomplish — doing what we thought only people could do and machines could not —are now finally emerging. Gartner expects individuals will invest in, control and use their own smart machines to become more successful. Enterprises will similarly invest in smart machines. Consumerization versus central control tensions will not abate in the era of smart-machine-driven disruption. If anything, smart machines will strengthen the forces of consumerization after the first surge of enterprise buying commences. This one is a bit sci-fi. However, look at the progress in humanoid-like robots made in the last decade. And just take a look at what Google is doing with their autonomous vehicles and latest acquisitions. Smart machines might be less exciting and more common and low profile than we think.  Take for example Apple’s Siri. According to Gartner, this too is an example of a smart machine, just like Google Now. A really good example of a rather smart machine in my opinion is Digital Reasoning. This article in InformationWeek elaborates more on the subject. And this is a pretty cool example of smart reading, deduction and ‘connecting the dots’. Trend 10:    3-D Printing Worldwide shipments of 3D printers are expected to grow 75 percent in 2014 followed by a near doubling of unit shipments in 2015. While very expensive “additive manufacturing” devices have been around for 20 years, the market for devices ranging from $50,000 to $500, and with commensurate material and build capabilities, is nascent yet growing rapidly. The consumer market hype has made organizations aware of the fact 3D printing is a real, viable and cost-effective means to reduce costs through improved designs, streamlined prototyping and short-run manufacturing. Available everywhere, now. Pretty simple and already reality. Cool small 3D printers are now available everywhere for way less that $1000,- Interesting to see how consumers will react to this new technology. Will it really be disruptive causing mass production on a micro scale? And how about the big 3D printers that can build (elements of) houses and buildings?      Please let us know about your thoughts on the two trends above, 3D printing and Smart machines. Which one has the most potential and might have the greatest impact according to you? We really appreciate your feedback, please go ahead and let our readers know in the box...

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