Converging forces—social, mobile, cloud and information—are building upon and transforming user behavior while creating new business opportunities, according to research firm Gartner Inc.

Although these forces are innovative and disruptive on their own, Gartner says, together they are revolutionizing business and society, disrupting old business models and creating new leaders. As such, the “Nexus of Forces” is the basis of the technology platform of the future.

"In the Nexus of Forces, information is the context for delivering enhanced social and mobile experiences," Chris Howard, managing vice president at Gartner, said in a statement. "Mobile devices are a platform for effective social networking and new ways of work. Social links people to their work and each other in new and unexpected ways. Cloud enables delivery of information and functionality to users and systems. These forces of the Nexus are intertwined to create a user-driven ecosystem of modern computing."

Not that long ago, Howard said, people's most sophisticated computing experience was at work, and computing was limited at home. Because of consumer IT devices, people have become more sophisticated users of technology, and the individual has been empowered, he said. People expect access to similar functionality across all their roles and make fewer distinctions between work and non-work activities.

Cloud computing represents the “glue” for all the forces of the Nexus, Gartner says. It is the model for delivery of whatever computing resources are needed and for activities that grow out of such delivery. Without cloud computing, the firm says, social interactions would have no place to happen at scale, mobile access would fail to be able to connect to a wide variety of data and functions, and information still would be stuck inside internal systems.



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