information management, Gartner's Technology Vision for 2014: Social, Mobile, Cloud, Information ConvergenceWhile Hurricane Karen along the East Coast of the US may have weakened, some powerful technology forces won't let up heading into 2014.

Social. Mobile. Cloud. Information.

And they're all converging, according to Gartner.

2014 Technologies Predictions

Gartner this week released its annual top technologies and trends predictions for the coming year they say will be strategic for most organizations; analysts presented the findings during Gartner Symposium/ITxpo. These technologies, Gartner says, have the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years.

How so? They will disrupt IT or the business and require a major dollar investment.

“This does not necessarily mean adoption and investment in all of the listed technologies," Gartner's David Cearley said in a statement. "But companies should look to make deliberate decisions about them during the next two years.”

Let's take a peek at Gartner's 2014 list: 

Mobile Device Diversity and Management

Get those enterprise policies on employee-owned hardware usage beefed up, because mobile technologies will keep growing. If your policy includes only directives for employees accessing their networks through enterprise-owned and managed devices, you'll need to expand that. As Gartner advises, "Balance flexibility with confidentiality and privacy requirements."

Mobile Apps and Applications

JavaScript will move HTML5 and the browser as a mainstream enterprise application development environment. What's the message for developers? Expanded user interface models including richer voice and video.

Meanwhile, apps will grow, and applications will shrink. Snap together apps to create larger applications. You won't find one single tool that works on all types of mobile application. "The next evolution in user experience will be to leverage intent, inferred from emotion and actions, to motivate changes in end-user behavior," Gartner says.

information management, Gartner's Technology Vision for 2014: Social, Mobile, Cloud, Information Convergence

The Internet of Everything

Most enterprises and technology vendors aren't ready for this expansion. Data streams and services created by digitizing everything creates four basic usage models, Gartner says: manage, monetize, operate and extend. Organizations can apply to any of the four "internets” (people, things, information and places).  

Hybrid Cloud and IT as Service Broker

"Enterprises should design private cloud services with a hybrid future in mind and make sure future integration/interoperability is possible," Gartner says.

Enterprises that are expanding into hybrid cloud computing from private cloud services are taking on the cloud service broker (CSB) role, Gartner adds. We will be seeing more more static hybrid clouds and engineered compositions. We will also see things like private infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings that can leverage external service providers based on policy and utilization.

Cloud/Client Architecture

What's happening in the cloud and client environment? Some organizations are minimizing the cloud application computing and storage footprint and using the intelligence and storage of the client device. because of factors like robust capabilities in many mobile devices, the increased demand on networks, the cost of networks and the need to manage bandwidth use creates incentives.