The report is based on intelligence gathered by over 70 global technology "scouts" and focuses on trends that include context-aware computing; machine-to-machine connections; browser based video and collaboration; video mega-trends; building the next Internet with new architectures; security; and mobile device management.
Driving all of these,
"IT organizations across the
"Big changes now need to take place to make sense of exponentially increasing and varied types of data coming in from devices ranging from smartphone applications to information generated by a city's infrastructure."
One of the key findings of the report is the potential of context-aware computing to fundamentally change how we interact with our devices. In the future, devices will learn about you, your day, where you are and where you're going.
"Context is a disruption because it completely redefines the user's experience and the way an IT system is built. We're seeing a change from any content for any people at anytime and anywhere, to the right information to the right person at the right time, at the right place and in the right way," said Ghoul.
In the application economy described by Ghoul, practically everything - roads, jet-engine parts, shoes, refrigerators, soil, and supermarket shelves - will have cheap, tiny sensors that generate terabytes of data that can be sifted for key insights. By 2022,
"If we want to change the way people communicate and take it to the next level, we are going to need the simple, ubiquitous and rapid deployment that the Web platform can provide," explained Ghoul.
"We need the browsers to use new standards, open-source strategies and partnerships. At
Video mega-trends will similarly transform digital imaging, with ultra-HD video enhancing the viewing experience on televisions, smartphones, augmented reality glasses, tablets, and camera-equipped devices.
Both trends are set to have a significant impact on everything from healthcare and education to office connectivity and security,
In order to cope with the explosion of connections, the Cisco Technology Radar concludes that technology labs are now developing new Internet architectures to replace the current IP-based Internet. Named Data Networking (NDN) has the most potential to disrupt, and would allow information to be communicated by names rather than host addresses. This represents a radical departure from the way the Internet works today.
Early stage software-defined networking (SDN) models, meanwhile, have attempted to address the challenge by focusing on network virtualisation and overlay scenarios, but without true integration across physical and virtual dimensions, they have so far been handicapped by lack of transparency and visibility,
Security will be critical for business growth and adaption to the new Internet, with companies likely to ramp up the deployment of scalable, cloud-based mobile device management solutions to protect personal and corporate information.
"2014 and beyond will bring a hugely influential and constructive technology explosion throughout the
"Driven by the online growth and convergence of processes, data and things, we can now explore unprecedented opportunities that benefit both business and society as a whole."
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