As The Wired World Turns, So Does Is Terminology


I have worked in the Information Technology field for over 16 years and it still amazes me of new acronyms, technical terminology, and sayings that I am unaware of. Recently I was interviewing a candidate for a position within my organization and I asked him what technology he felt passionate about. Most of the time the candidate will say networking or creating scripts to achieve some type of application automation. This candidate spoke of how he enjoys IoT. IoT? What is IoT? Once the conversation concluded, I knew I had to Google it.

IoT is short for Internet of Things. IoT is the interconnection of uniquely identifiable embedded computing devices within the internet structure. IoT is not limited to PC-to-PC communications anymore, but any type of devices that utilizes an IP address, communication protocol, and some type of user authentication. What once was a personal computer, networking equipment, and the internet has now lead us to household appliances, medical equipment, health care management, manufacturing, and yes, even vending machines. For the most part, these types of technical breakthroughs are advancing humankind.

With its amazement, I do have concerns with this type of evolution. I see the internet backbone as a man-made virtual highway, with the introduction of these additional devices, may completely congest and overcrowd this virtual landscape. I see IOT as the Wild West, the uncharted waters to introduce new devices with unique protocols, with new security concerns, and privacy exploitation I actively observe in my daily interactions with people, in how even the smallest technical market, such as cell phones, is debilitating human interactions and connections.

I am thankful that I was able to come across a candidate that broaden my horizons. He allowed me to take a moment in my life to think about the future and the advantages and disadvantages of its advancement.  As the wired world turns, so does it terminology and not all things seem as they are made to appear.

New Report Tracks Journey to Digital Business

gartnerhcMajor changes are taking place in the corporate world, with most industries having already adopted a digital business model that is dramatically different from a couple of decades ago. As a new report points out, the move toward digital business requires industries to choose and implement the best technologies to move them in the right direction.

Emerging Technologies

The report, Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2014, gives strategists a look at the future direction of more than 2,000 different technologies shaping business today. Gartner predicts that in the coming years, those technologies now seem as “emerging” will become a core part of how businesses of all sizes operate.

Within the hype cycle, Gartner predicts several technologies will plateau within the next two to five years, including data science, in-memory database management systems, content analytics, and 3-D printing and scanning. These technologies are being heavily hyped today, with many businesses striving to learn more about them, but many aren’t using them as a large part of operations today.

Looking Toward the Future

Perhaps most notable in the report is the list of the many technologies that will plateau in the future. Within five to ten years, Gartner predicts that the Internet of Things, wearable technology, and Big Data will all be among the many technologies being used in businesses.

Today’s hype cycle mostly focuses on digital marketing and digital business, with the public seeing the emergence of mobile, cloud, social, and information. With digital business, we’ll see the convergence of people, business, and things, with the Internet of Things playing a large role in the consumer market.

To ensure long-term success, businesses should pay attention to the cycle of emerging technologies as they become mainstream. The Gartner report can be a great way to see those technologies and prepare to work them into your business plan to remain competitive.