It’s the beginning of a new era, “The Digital Industrial Economy,” according to research firm Gartner Inc., and mobile technology is playing a major role along with the cloud and social media.

“The Digital Industrial Economy will be built on the foundations of the Nexus of Forces — which includes a confluence and integration of cloud, social collaboration, mobile and information — and the Internet of Everything by combining the physical world and the virtual,” Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president and global head of research at Gartner, said at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo.

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