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Technology trends that will rule 2012

business Updated: Dec 09, 2011 17:40 IST

The addition of sensors and intelligence into everyday consumer devices, growing application stores, next-generation analytics, big data, in-memory computing, extreme low-energy servers and cloud computing are also trends that will make their way into the mainstream during 2012 and beyond.

Early adopters and avid technology fans have already had their eyes (and fingers) on many of these emerging trends throughout 2011 but Gartner predicts that these ten trends will have a significant impact on the enterprise in the years ahead.

"The user interface (IU) paradigm in place for more than 20 years is changing. UIs with windows, icons, menus, and pointers will be replaced by mobile-centric interfaces emphasizing touch, gesture, search, voice and video," says Gartner.

Context-aware computing is also set to get a boost -- that's great news for consumers as the focus will be placed on them and their needs.

"A contextually aware system anticipates the user’s needs and proactively serves up the most appropriate and customized content, product or service," explains Gartner.

The Internet of Things will change the way people interact with everyday objects, giving them the ability to interact with physical items and to track every element of their lives.

This will be achieved by integrating technology such as sensors, near field communication (NFC), artificial intelligence and image recognition into everyday objects and connecting them to the web.

Market analyst Forrester points out that "in 10 years, more than 50% of the workforce will be Millennials who grew up with thumbs on mobile keyboards," before pinpointing its top technology trends for the next three years.

According to Forrester the top technology trends for the next three years include elastic application platforms, platforms-as-a-service, data services and virtualization, social technology, always-on always-available operations and the app internet.