Top Technology Trends of 2015
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What are the trends to watch in 2015? Join CSC's panel of experts as they discuss their unique take on SMAC, industry ecosystems, digital leadership, skills disruption and other technology trends likely to take center stage this year.
- Dan Hushon, Chief Technology Officer
- Sue Cronizer, Director, CSC Research Network
- Doug Neal, Research Fellow, CSC Leading Edge Forum
- Jeff Caruso, Senior Managing Editor, CSC
What are the technology trends to watch in 2015? A panel of CSC experts shared their unique take on the SMAC stack, industry ecosystems, digital leadership, skills disruption and other technology trends that are likely to take center stage this year.
In light of the broad range of new technologies entering the market and their impact on every industry, the discussion began on the topic of an anticipated skills gap. Dan Hushon, chief technology officer for CSC, sees 2015 as a strategic inflection point for technical skills. "I think we're entering the hockey stick of the overall transition to a software-based economy this year," Hushon says.
Sue Cronizer, director of the CSC Research Network, sees the gap as a labor strategy issue. "In some respects, it's a perfect storm. You have this massive wave of technological change occurring in business. You have the need for people with new skills to manage that. But you still have legacy systems to manage. And those people, the baby boomers, are retiring at a rate of 10,000 per day."
A technology with big potential impact is the Internet of Things (IoT); the growing universe of smart, connected cyber-physical devices. Doug Neal, a research fellow for CSC's Leading Edge Forum says that from an enterprise perspective, the IoT will help drive innovation. "A barrier to innovation is the high cost of failure. But it doesn't cost a lot to assemble a collection of smart devices to do interesting things as a business opportunity," Neal says. "Many questions remain; for example, security, communication standards, and the languages we'll use to stitch these things together."
Cronizer says you can't talk about the IoT without talking about social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC). "IoT is about the growing interconnectedness of people and things at an unprecedented scale. That rapid pace is due to the connectedness of SMAC. One plays into the other," says Cronizer. "The Waze traffic app is a perfect example of this, connecting a network of smartphones, collecting information about traffic in real-time and helping people decide which is the best way to go, based on that information."
The predictive enterprise is an emerging trend seen as the next step for big data. "We've been traveling a spectrum, from reactive reporting to near-real time," Hushon says. "Now, we're combining data received from a range of inputs and combining that with behavioral models to be able to predict what will happen. The predictive enterprise will allow you to reflect your business strategy in an overall set of models."
To benefit from these new developments, Neal says that companies will need to educate themselves aggressively. "We ask ourselves why companies don't take advantage of these things, and it's because they actually don't know. We did a workshop for a UK government client, a few people, a few devices. It went from twelve people to sixty, and they added seven sessions," Neal says. "In the end, we briefed 420 people. This stuff is so powerful, people haven't thought through that if you just snap this, together with this, together with this, you can do really incredible things."
Other trends discussed during this town hall include:
- Industry ecosystems as the next iteration of IT services
- Shifting roles and responsibilities in implementing IT projects
- Acceptance and security of wearables in the enterprise
- The role of co-creation in the enterprise