Gartner: Top 10 strategic technology trends for 2013

News   •   Oct 24, 2012 14:13 BST

By Michael Cooney | Network World US |

If some of the top 10 strategic technology trends going into 2013 look familiar it's because quite a few -- like cloud computing and mobile-- have been around for awhile but are now either morphing in ways that will continue to impact IT in the next year.

Delegates to the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Florida this week got a preview of the analyst firm's "Top 10 strategic technology trends for 2013" presentation, with Gartner's David Cearley saying "Consumerisation is the backdrop of the forces of much of these changes."

From Cearley's presentation, these are the top 10 strategic tech trends for 2013:

Mobile device battles: The key here is that no one tech form factor will dominate this area. We think Microsoft will be successful here but if they fail to deliver hardware capabilities in their smartphone and tablet, if they don't fix issues when they come up, then we could see them run into some serious issues.

By 2013 mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web access device worldwide. By 2015 over 80% of the handsets sold in mature markets will be smartphones, and only 20% of those handsets are likely to be Windows phones. By 2015 media tablet shipments will reach around 50% of laptop shipments and Windows 8 will likely be in third place behind Android and Apple. We believe the net result is that Microsoft's share of the client platform (PC, tablet, smartphone) will likely be reduced to 60% and it could fall below 50%. The implications for IT is that the era of PC dominance with Windows as the single platform will be replaced with a post-PC era where Windows is one of a variety of environments IT will need to support.

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