When Gartner released its recent top 10 strategic technology trends for 2015, we observed that these expected changes will have a major impact on organizations over the next five years and will likely require major investment. It is estimated that some 650 million physical objects have come online since 2013. As mobile devices continue to proliferate, and we begin to see the Internet of Things take shape, we can expect not just network infrastructure pressure to increase but support processes like analytics to take centre stage as the volume of data generated by embedded systems grows exponentially. Meanwhile, the convergence of cloud and mobile computing will continue to promote the growth of centrally coordinated applications that can be delivered to any device.
Let’s add smart machines to the mix and they in turn will create a demand for deep analytics to provide them the ability to understand one another, their environment, to learn for themselves, and to act autonomously. Some experts predict that the ‘smart machine era’ could be the most disruptive in the history of IT.

Following are the top 10 strategic technology trends {in no particular order}:
1. The Internet of Things
2. Computing Everywhere
3. Smart Machines
4. Context Rich Systems
5. 3D Printing
6. Invisible Analytics
7. Web Scale IT
8. Cloud Computing
9. Software Defined Infrastructure
10. Self Protecting Security
In the next 2-3 years alone we can expect to see a 50% reduction in business process workers .. sounds grim, right? .. but the upside to this will be a huge boost in new jobs in the digital sector as more organizations will begin thinking, acting and building applications and infrastructure like Web giants such as Google, Amazon and Facebook.

The infograph below from needa.ie offers a high level glimpse at the digital business forecast from now out to 2020 and what we might expect.

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