From the continuing rise of tablet devices to the daily-deals craze and the return of the Internet IPO, 2011 has been a transformative year for technology.
The pace of change has become blisteringly fast, with traditional industries — bookstores, video-rental chains, newspapers — crumbling more quickly than we could have imagined.
Predicting what will happen in 2012, therefore, is a shot in the dark: A year is virtually a lifetime in the digital era. And yet we can at least make a guess at what will happen in the early part of next year simply by looking at the trends that are shaping the latter half of this year.
Here’s my best estimate of some of the innovation we’ll see in 2012:
via The Top 10 tech trends for 2012 – CNN.com.
In July, IBM developerWorks conducted a survey of over 4,000 IT professionals, faculty members and students from among the developerWorks community. We asked respondents about their view of the future of technology, including questions on business analytics, mobile computing, cloud computing, and social business.
Here is a preview of some of our findings:
- For cloud adopters, “developing new applications” is expected to be the top activity in the next 24 months, surpassing today’s top cloud focus areas of virtualization and storage.
- 51% of respondents stated that adopting cloud technology is part of their mobile strategy
- India may be all about social business technology (57% adopting), but other countries including Russia (19%) are more hesitant.
via At last: The results. (IBM Tech Trends Report).