Gartner reveals its top predictions for IT organizations and IT users for 2014 and beyond

Research firm Gartner has revealed its top predicitons for IT organizations and IT users for 2014 and beyond. The predictions combine several disruptive topicslike Digital Industrial Revolution, Digital Business, Smart Machines and the Internet of Things. The predictions will be presented by Gartner Analysts during Gartner Symposium/Itxpo which will be held on October 10 in Orlando.

The predictions which are devided into four categories are:

Digital Industrial Revolution:

  • By 2018, 3D printing will result in the loss of at least $100 billion per year in intellectual property globally.
  • By 2016, 3D printing of tissues and organs (bioprinting) will cause a global debate about regulating the technology or banning it for both human and nonhuman use.

Digital Business:

  • By 2017, more than half of consumer goods manufacturers will receive 75 percent of their consumer innovation and R&D capabilities from crowdsourced solutions.
  • By 2020, the labor reduction effect of digitization will cause social unrest and a quest for new economic models in several mature economies.
  • By 2017, 80 percent of consumers will collect, track and barter their personal data for cost savings, convenience and customization.
  • By 2020, enterprises and governments will fail to protect 75 percent of sensitive data, and declassify and grant broad/public access to it.

Smart Machines:

  • By 2024, at least 10 percent of activities potentially injurious to human life will require mandatory use of a nonoverideable "smart system."
  • By 2020, a majority of knowledge worker career paths will be disrupted by smart machines in both positive and negative ways.
  • By 2017, 10 percent of computers will be learning rather than processing.

Internet of Things:

  • By 2020, consumer data collected from wearable devices will drive 5 percent of sales from the Global 1000.