Cloud Services, Mobile Payments Take a Hit in Gartner's Top IT Predictions for 2013 & Beyond

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There is a "nexus of forces" pressing the information-technology (IT) industry – and how businesses respond to this perfect storm, of sorts, will impact their success over the next five years.

That's according to Gartner, which has just revealed its annual research on industry trends, called "Top Industry Predicts 2013: The Nexus of Forces Will Drive Massive Transformation in Many Industries." It features 14 strategic-planning assumptions that Gartner believes CIOs, senior business execs and IT leaders should consider going forward.

"Most industries will face massive changes during the period from 2013 through 2015. These changes will force fundamental shifts in business processes that will, in turn, further reshape those industries," said Kimberly Harris-Ferrante, vice president and analyst at Gartner. "The social commons, mobile communications, cloud computing and information will be especially important factors in driving even greater industry transformation, challenging existing business models and processes and opening up greater competitive and other threats."

Gartner's top industry predictions include:

  • By 2016, three automakers will have announced concrete plans for upcoming automobile launches that will offer autonomous vehicle technology.
  • By 2016, patients will be harmed or placed at risk by a medical device security breach.
  • By 2014, less than 2 percent of consumers globally will adopt Near Field Communication (NFC)-based mobile payments.
  • More than 50 percent of government shared-service organizations that provide cloud services by 2015 will discontinue or downscale them by 2017.
  • By 2016, half of U.S. utility customers will have access to standardized energy usage data, but only 20 percent will use it.
  • Through 2014, enterprise-software spend will increase by 25 percent from current figures as a consequence of the proliferation of smart operational technology (OT).
  • Access to the rest of Gartner's predictions can be found here.

Follow editor Craig Galbraith on Twitter @Craig_Galbraith .

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