Gartner has identified 10 strategic technology trends and drivers for Indian organizations in 2014.
Business intelligence and mobility solutions are the top two drivers that are helping Indian businesses make decisions more quickly on the go, reduce costs, increase productivity, and grow in a competitive business environment.
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Gaurav Agarwal, co-founder of Taxipixi.com, said mobility solutions have a broader impact than other technologies for any enterprise looking to engage its consumers better, because of wide consumer adoption and a forecast of strong growth.
This view is backed by Forrester, which said last year that mobile applications will be a more critical channel to reach customers in the future in India, where the mobile internet user base is growing by more than 30% a year.
Gaurav said big data should also be on the radar as it has a lot of potential, but it depended on enterprises leveraging it to drive benefits.
Cloud computing and machine to machine (M2M) technologies, also in the top 10, are in a nascent stage, but are growing rapidly. The adoption of cloud computing in India is currently limited to private cloud and the early adopters of M2M-enabled solutions are verticals, such as manufacturing, automotive, utilities, financial services, transport and healthcare.
Gartner has defined a strategic technology as one that has matured and/or has become suitable for wider uses. Or it could be an emerging technology that offers a strategic business advantage for early adopters or has potential to make a significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years.
Other technology trends in India include social media, hosted virtual desktops, collaboration, the internet of things and 3D printing.
Vishal Tripathi, principal research analyst at Gartner in India, said: “Implementing business process improvements, revenue growth through differentiated products and services, and business expansion are the top business priority areas of investment for Indian organizations.”
Tripathi said this does not necessarily mean that adoption and investment in all the technologies listed below is essential, but companies need to make conscious decisions in the next two years to tackle obstacles such as business readiness, lack of capacity for organizational change and low levels of IT funding, and make full use of new technologies in India.
Top 10 strategic technology trends for Indian companies in 2014
- Business intelligence (BI) and analytics
- Mobility solutions
- Cloud computing
- Social media and computing
- Machine to machine (M2M)
- Hosted virtual desktop (HVD)
- Personal cloud
- The internet of things (IoT)
- Collaboration technologies
- 3D printing