Mobility, Social, Analytics, Cloud to Take Momentum Next Year – Deloitte

Michelle Remo, “Big 4″ observer
December 09, 2011 /

Deloitte has identified and predicted the top 10 emerging and disruptive technologies that are expected to play a crucial role in how businesses are anticipated to operate globally in 2012 and beyond in its “Tech Trends 2012” report.

“As we head into 2012, many CIOs are evaluating the various aspects of IT, looking ahead to the new technologies that can help them drive business growth in the years ahead,” said Mark White, principal and chief technology officer, Deloitte Consulting LLP and co-author of the report.

“Mobility, social, analytics, cloud and cyber are technology forces each impacting business today. The intersection of these represents an opportunity for new business technology value and innovation,” White added.

“(Re)emerging Enablers” are five technologies that many CIOs have spent time, thought and resources on in the past, but deserve another look this year. Disruptive Deployments are five additional technologies that showcase new business models and transformative ways to operate. The 10 predicted technologies identified for 2012 point out that within the world of visualization, geospatial takes advantage of an explosion of geographical, location-aware data.

Sources feeding this growth include new semi-structured data from mobile devices, geo-tagging of existing enterprise structured data and tapping into new streams of location-aware unstructured data.

Digital Identities

The digital expression of identity is growing more complex every day. Digital identities should be unique, verifiable, able to be federated and non-repudiable.

As individuals take a more active hand in managing their own digital identities, organizations are attempting to create single digital identities that retain the appropriate context across the range of credentials that an individual carries. Digital persona protection is becoming a strong area of cyber focus.

Data Goes to Work

Organizations are finding ways to turn the explosion in size, volume and complexity of data into insight and value. This is occurring across structured and unstructured content from internal and external sources.

This is expected to complement but not replace long-standing information management programs and investments in data warehouses, business intelligence suites, reporting platforms and relational database experience.

Measured Innovation

CIOs can help facilitate the discovery of the next wave of true disruption–and continuously improve the business of IT and the business of the business.

Measured innovation offers an approach to managing both disciplines by providing a pragmatic way to identify, evaluate and launch potential innovations with a focus on aligning opportunities to areas that can fuel disruption and create measurable, attributable value.

Outside-in Architecture

Flexibility in operating and business models is proving more important. As a result, need to share is colliding with need to know and shifting solution architectures away from a siloed, enterprise-out design pattern and into an outside-in approach to delivering business through rapidly evolving ecosystems.

“The next 12 months will see several technologies including the cloud, big data and mobility continue to grow, while a topic like gamification is just starting to emerge at the enterprise level,” said Bill Briggs, director, Deloitte Consulting LLP and co-author of the report.

“It will be important for CIOs to help lead their organizations in these areas, as they can redefine the role that IT plays within an organization and place them in a position to positively disrupt their operating models, business models, or even their industries.”


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