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Technology Outlook for 2014

The Internet of everything enables people, devices and everybody objects to be connected on Internet

As we are approaching the year end in 2013, we have seen significant growth of big data this year in the rear mirror. Looking forward, what will be the forecast for the upcoming new year? Where are technologies headed in 2014? There are many interesting movements and activities in the technology frontier. It is exciting that more open source innovations are steadily changing the paradigm. The following items are predicted to be the Top 5 hot areas next year: Connection, Hybrid, Analytics, SDX, and Mobile (CHASM).

  • Connection: The Internet of everything enables people, devices and everybody objects to be connected on Internet, which has been changing our life styles. Lightweight technologies such as MQTT will facilitate the use of wearable/embedded devices and sensors in constrained networks.
  • Hybrid: Cloud computing continues to expand, particularly in the field of the hybrid cloud that combines the benefits and strengths of both private and public cloud. Dynamic provisioning becomes a must. Personal clouds are emerging to phase out local hard drives, and make it easy for seamless UX using multiple devices or platforms.
  • Analytics: Big data grows more advanced to support real-time processing and data streaming via in-memory systems. Social analysis and telematics will gain momentum. Prescriptive and predictive analytics tend to help business harness the real values of big data by means of machine learning and sophisticated data science.
  • SDX: Software-Defined Networking (SDN) will go beyond just the network. A series of software-defined anything (e.g. SDS for storage and SDDC for data center) will further abstract the physical layer and make the infrastructure more programmable to blur the line between hardware and software. API becomes the glue to integrate and manage resources on the fly.
  • Mobile: More mobile applications will leverage HTML 5 for portability and interoperability across devices. Features like mobile advertisement and mobile payments will mature to be widely used in a trajectory of surpassing other channels.

It is anticipated that the pace will speed up to cross the CHASM for the accelerated adoption of new and innovative technologies in 2014.


For more information, please contact Tony Shan (blog@tonyshan.com). ©Tony Shan. All rights reserved.

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Tony Shan works as a senior consultant/advisor at a global applications and infrastructure solutions firm helping clients realize the greatest value from their IT. Shan is a renowned thought leader and technology visionary with a number of years of field experience and guru-level expertise on cloud computing, Big Data, Hadoop, NoSQL, social, mobile, SOA, BI, technology strategy, IT roadmapping, systems design, architecture engineering, portfolio rationalization, product development, asset management, strategic planning, process standardization, and Web 2.0. He has directed the lifecycle R&D and buildout of large-scale award-winning distributed systems on diverse platforms in Fortune 100 companies and public sector like IBM, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Cisco, Honeywell, Abbott, etc.

Shan is an inventive expert with a proven track record of influential innovations such as Cloud Engineering. He has authored dozens of top-notch technical papers on next-generation technologies and over ten books that won multiple awards. He is a frequent keynote speaker and Chair/Panel/Advisor/Judge/Organizing Committee in prominent conferences/workshops, an editor/editorial advisory board member of IT research journals/books, and a founder of several user groups, forums, and centers of excellence (CoE).

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