Sogeti “Technology Outlook 2013”

The Sogeti “Technology Outlook 2013” presents what we believe this year will be made of. Not only does it list 12 promising trends, it also provides you with a broader frame to understand what is at stake and how they actually relate. This document is the outcome of a collaborative effort by our SogetiLabs, gathering our most distinguished technology leaders.

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Overviewing the technology side, we see this interest in the human factor as well: the interest of our clients is moving away from the systems of record towards the systems of engagement.

Concretely this is a move from administrative processes to using technology to improve or reinvent the real interaction with people.

Many companies and organizations have a hard to catch up to the many trends and innovations of the day. ‘.

The best way to get ahead’, to digest all things happening and distill them to form a clear course forward this is to examine how the technology will be adopted and how the use of technology will then change the behavior of people. All of which is highly unpredictable.

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Mobile BYOD – Bring your own Device, receiving the desired information, being mobile at work stays a top trend. Supporting a connecting workforce through Mobile/BYOD makes organizations attractive to new employees also aiming to increase work experience and productivity.

imageAugmented Reality –Overlaying the physical world with a digital layer is changing the interaction between people, objects and information. It’s all about living your life inside Facebook.

Smart TV –The ultimate media device: Interactive, HD and social raising questions such as who is in control of the content. Integration of Internet and Web 2.0 features into television sets and set-top boxes, as well as the technological convergence between computers and these television sets/set-top boxes.

Big Data – Big Data shows the hidden patterns in all sorts of data and help predict behavior and do predictive simulations. Big Data will improve customer insight, target customers and track sentiments online.

Cloud Services – The business promise of Cloud Computing is simple: Worry-free IT. Expected adoption is enormous. Application services are the first step to adoption. New way of software design will appear and there will be a rise of Cloud disaster recovery. In addition, real time analytics and Big Data will strengthen Cloud usage and storage of data.

imageJericho Style Security – Securing the data, not the device, is the new security trend bringing a more granular and flexible security approach.

Privacy Enhancing Technologies – Technology to be used to turn privacy into a differentiating selling point. Big Data and other intrusive technologies require making Privacy a fundamental principle when designing new solutions.

Quality Assurance Across the Application Lifecycle – Testing of new applications is not enough anymore. A more complete Quality approach across the entire Application Lifecycle is one key success factor for the future. Testing or Quality are no longer restricted to the test teams, it is a shared IT and business responsibility.

Agile Methods – Agile has become a new paradigm to manage projects focusing on transparency, collaboration, iterative and incremental development significantly reducing the time-to-market. While initially Agile was mostly used in IT, it is now increasingly also applied in “business” projects.

imageModel Driven Engineering – With the maturity of modeling tools, Models are no longer used only for documentation in the software development process, they are now an integral part of the development and even operations process, allowing traceability between models, code generation, and automated testing.

3D Printing – 3D Printing will transform product information, non-food, retail and create an explosion of personalization. In short, consumers take over! 3D printing fosters agility which is a key factor for the years to come.

Internet of Things – Connecting physical things to the internet makes possible to access remote sensor data and to control the physical world from a distance. Sensors and smart devices will be making our lives easier and allow for optimization of large complex systems such as transportation grids, utilities, healthcare and others. New synergistic services will be developed that go beyond the possibilities of the current isolated embedded system.


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