The past ten years have seen a dramatic evolution of computing styles and architectures. More than five years ago, we began to see strong and accelerating demand for Cloud / SaaS business solutions, social tools and Cloud infrastructures. Over the past two to three years, the impact of mobility, advanced analytics and sensor technologies have emerged as key focal points for businesses of all sizes. Today, all of these technologies are now soundly proven to deliver solid business value, at the same time that they become rooted in our emerging core “master architecture.”

But now, what’s next? Where is business computing heading? This Research Alert explores three key and emergent research themes that Saugatuck will be focusing on (among others) in the coming months.

Why is it Happening?

Cloud and most of its attendant technologies have been technologically mature for years, and are finally not only accepted as part of “mainstream” IT, but increasingly expected to be key components and enablers of everyday business and life. What’s new and next are increasingly complex combination(s) of Cloud, mobility, social IT, analytics, and an increasing range of devices (containing an ever-widening array of sensors, including mobile devices).

While we will no doubt continue to be impacted by a range of disruptive and innovative technologies through the balance of the decade, what is clear is that the new “master architecture” comprised of Cloud, Mobility, Social/Collaborative IT, and Analytics (Big Data and otherwise) is here to stay – providing a solid foundation for businesses to invest around and to find innovative new ways of exploiting it for often transformative business advantage.

Read the Market Impact here.

This blog was originally published at Saugatuck's Lens360 blog on March 14, 2014. Published with permission.

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