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Gartner: 10 Radical Changes Coming To IT

Gartner's Daryl Plummer paints a convincing picture of a near-term future full of robots, smart machines, machine learning, and changing mobile habits. Here's everything CIOs and IT professionals need to know to be prepared.
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Predicting the future of technology is never easy. Gartner gazed into its crystal ball recently to give us 10 strategic predictions for 2016 and beyond. If the research firm is right, CIOs and IT professionals need to start preparing as soon as possible for the major changes coming to IT -- and to our lives in general.

Daryl Plummer, Gartner managing vice president and fellow, presented his organization's view of the technology future during the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando last week. Some of the predictions won't be news to you, some will stun you, and others you'll find downright creepy.

Some of them may need to be taken with a grain of salt. "This is so you can understand the things that are going to happen to you," said Pummer, before launching into the predictions. "Some of this will seem hard to believe, but that is the point. The future is hard to predict. Who would have thought we would have had so many smartphones if we did this in the 90s? We're trying to predict the things that are hard to predict."

[Want to know more about the future? Read 10 Emerging Trends From Gartner Symposium.]

Still, Plummer paints a pretty convincing picture of a near-term future full of robots, smart machines, machine learning, and changing mobile habits. In addition to giving you Gartner's 10 predictions, we offer advice for CIOs and IT professionals on how to cope with them. Once you've reviewed these, tell us in the comments which predictions you think will actually come to pass, and which ones you think are plain crazy.

David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio

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10/16/2015 | 12:09:32 PM
Re: Roboboss says to take a walk
@SaneIT- I mostly agree with you (and me). But is just amazing what a company will do, and how they can get around some loopholes, in the name of saving a few bucks.
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10/15/2015 | 12:24:43 PM
Re: Roboboss says to take a walk
@SaneIT- That was the one that struck me as the oddest, too. But i have to say, I know a lot of companies that have created voluntary programs using Fitbits and other healthtrackers with an eye toward saving money on insurance. 

It is possible, if these voluntary programs show enough cost savings we'll start doing it in a less vontary way. I think (I hope) that various laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act would allow for exceptions. But I think it is possible you could get into a situation where someone said, "you have to wear this. We want you to know the data. But we can't act on it."

At any rate, Gartner was fairly convincing tht companies have found ways to convince people to do things in the name of safety. It isn't impossible. But I agree with you that it is the least likely.
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