10 Strategic Technologies For 2011


Gartner Research offers key technologies organizations should plan to address in 2011, to ensure organizational readiness, competitive health and customer/market relevance.

Paloma M. Vazquez
  • 27 october 2010

Gartner has identified what they perceive to be the 10 most strategic technologies that enterprises should track to and plan for leading into 2011. Gartner defines a strategic technology as;

…one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt.

A strategic technology may be an existing technology that has matured and/or become suitable for a wider range of uses. It may also be an emerging technology that offers an opportunity for strategic business advantage for early adopters or with potential for significant market disruption in the next five years.   As such, these technologies impact the organization’s long-term plans, programs and initiatives.

The technologies include;

  • Cloud computing: The next 3 years will see the delivery of cloud service approaches falling somewhere between the extremes of open/public and closed/private
  • Mobile applications and media tablets: Gartner estimates that by the end of 2010, 1.2 billion people will carry handsets capable of rich, mobile commerce; the quality of the experience of applications on these devices – which include detection of of location, motion and other behavioral context – is leading customers to prefer to interact with companies via mobile devices
  • Social communications & collaboration: While Gartner categories social as follows, the broader point is that social technologies will be integrated into most business applications
  • Social networking — social profile management products (i.e., Facebook, LinkedIn)
  • Social collaboration — technologies, such as wikis, blogs, instant messaging and crowdsourcing
  • Social publishing — technologies that assist communities in pooling individual content into a usable community repository, such as YouTube and flickr
  • Social feedback – gaining community feedback
  • Video: By 2013, more than 25 percent of the content that workers see in a day will be dominated by pictures, video or audio
  • Next Generation Analytics: Predictive methodologies and algorithms will impact and support real-time business actions
  • Social Analytics: Include a number of specialized techniques such as social filtering, social-network analysis, sentiment analysis and social-media analytics; these tools are useful for examining social structure and interdependencies, as well as the work patterns of individuals, groups or organizations. Social network analysis will allow organizations to evaluate the impact, quality or effectiveness of a relationship
  • Context-Aware Computing: A contextually aware system anticipates the user’s needs and proactively serves up the most appropriate and customized content, product or service. By 2016, one-third of worldwide mobile consumer marketing will be context-awareness-based
  • Storage Class Memory: Gartner sees huge use of flash memory in consumer devices, entertainment equipment and other embedded IT systems; key advantages include space, heat, performance and ruggedness
  • Ubiquitous Computing: The third wave of computing involves computers invisibly embedded into the world (e.g., the Internet of Things); as computers proliferate and everyday objects are given the ability to communicate with RFID tags, networks will surpass the scale that can be managed in traditional, centralized ways. Computing systems will be imbued into operational technology.
  • Fabric-Based Infrastructure and Computers: A modular form of computing where a system can be aggregated from separate building-block modules connected over a fabric or switched backplane; (admittedly – we’ll need to dedicate some additional time and resources into fully evaluating – and understanding – this one)

Gartner Newsroom


Dubai And The Future Of Humanitarian Design

Design & Architecture
Technology october 21, 2016

Concept Camera Designed To Only Take Unique Photos

Camera Restricta is tool that prompts photographers to only capture one-of-a-kind images

Design & Architecture october 21, 2016

Fragrance Will Release The Smell Of Data If Your Private Information Is Being Leaked

The device is designed to create a physical cue for the potential dangers lurking online


Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Retail october 21, 2016

LYNK & CO Is A New Auto Brand That Promises Mobile Connectivity On Wheels

Online access and mobility sharing are driving the company to disrupt the auto industry

Related Expert

Amanda Parkes

Fashion Technologist

Travel october 21, 2016

Become A Citizen Of The First Nation In Space

Asgardia is a new concept for a floating society above Earth

Entertainment october 21, 2016

Speaker Displays Song Lyrics As Music Is Played

The device is able to generate the graphics on a translucent screen and retrieve the words from a connected database

AI october 21, 2016

Travel Assistant Scans Your Emails To Make Planning Easier

This AI add-on will sync with your inbox and sends reminders to make sure you don't miss anything important


Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry

PSFK Op-Ed october 20, 2016

Wearable Tech Expert: Designing Technology To Empower Connection To Ourselves

Billie Whitehouse, Founder of Wearable Experiments, shares her new vision for the quantified self

PSFK Labs october 21, 2016

PSFK Picks: Top 5 Performance-Enhancing Wearables

Our new report looks at innovations pioneering the future of performance through intelligent activewear and predictive analytics

Millennials october 21, 2016

FOMO Survival Kit Helps Millennials Cope With Social Anxieties

The satirical product is meant to be a playful diversion for people who feel like they are missing out

Food october 21, 2016

New York Restaurant Uses Tomato Sushi As Its Newest Meat Alternative

fresh&co is using sous vide Roma tomatoes to create a vegan option that has the texture and taste of tuna

Advertising october 21, 2016

Red Bull Converts Sao Paulo Payphones Into Data-Driven Bus Schedules

The booths allow city residents to check local transit times through a simple toll-free phone call

Work october 21, 2016

Health Expert: Nutritional Meal Replacements Are A Solution To Corporate Wellness

Ample Foods Founder Connor Young explains why supplements are the next food trend coming to the workplace

Retail october 21, 2016

Why Experiential Events Could Replace Trade Shows

Marketers are seeking creative and impactful new ways to connect with influencers

Children october 21, 2016

Modular Kit Teaches Kids How To Make Their Own Robots

MODI features magnetic modules and a platform for programming to encourage experimentation

Infants october 21, 2016

Work Table Doubles As A Baby Seat

Designer Kunsik Choi created the furniture to facilitate emotional communication between between parents and their children

Technology october 21, 2016

Album Turns Into Something New Each Time It’s Streamed

Bill Baird's new album explores the relationship between time and music through a website crafted by design team, One Pixel Wide

No search results found.