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It has been a while, good to be here

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 15, 2019  |  Comments Off on It has been a while, good to be here

Back in May 2013 I wrote to thank people for their time and attention reading the blog.  I was moving from Gartner to take a great opportunity at another company.  While that worked out well, I realized that I really enjoyed working and sharing ideas and actions that created greater value from technology.  So, thankfully, I have returned to Gartner and look forward to working with the team here and all of you.

Much has changed since May 2013.  Digital technologies have moved from the early majority to become pervasive in our daily and national lives. Design as a business concept has gone mainstream and organizations are looking to become more agile.

One thing that has grown stronger is that technology is now firmly entrenched as the driving force of personal, societal, national and global potential.  You can see that in changes in the top 10 trends over the past six years.

2013 Top 10 Technology Trends                                                   2019 Top 10 Technology Trends

  1. Mobile Devices                                                        1. Autonomous Things
  2. Web Apps and HTML5                                            2. Augmented Analytics
  3. Personal Cloud replaces the PC                             3. AI-Driven Development
  4. Internet of Things                                                    4. Digital Twins
  5. Cloud Computing                                                    5. Empowered Edge
  6. Strategic Big Data                                                   6. Immersive Experience
  7. Actionable Analytics                                                7. Blockchain
  8. In Memory Computing                                             8. Smart Spaces
  9. Virtual Appliances                                                    9. Digital Ethics and Privacy
  10. Enterprise App Stores                                            10. Quantum Computing

Technology is transforming itself and society.  The scale of this change, over such a short period of time, is hard to appreciate. What was specific things in 2013 have become embedded and essential to modern society.  Technology’s role  in the economy and society is fundamentally different.  Its less of a tool supporting a capability.  Technology sits at the core of many business, economic and social trends and capabilities.

That is one of the items I would like to focus on in the next stage of this blog.  Please contribute your thoughts and insights and I look forward to starting a new conversation.

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Mark McDonald, Ph.D., is a Vice President and Fellow Emeritus in Gartner for General Managers Program.

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