Deloitte has released a study identifying 10 emerging trends in technology.
The trends are:
- Virtualization—will remain a significant technology, delivering a range of benefits to enterprises in 2008.
- Managing talent—could involve migrating applications away from platforms where skill pools appear to be poor; or to train staff; or make the underlying technology easier to use.
- Superceding of the conventional light bulb—this year may see the incandescent light bulb replaced by the white LED bulb.
- The renaissance of Nanotechnology—nanotechnology could allow the manufacture of solar panels based on plastics instead of silicon.
- A move to online authentication—while initially being regarded as an affront to liberty by some, could ultimately be good for business and for users.
- The rising value of digital protection—providing a suite of services designed to protect data would address customer demand and also provide a predictable cash flow.
- The flight to privacy—2008 may see the resistance growing to the volume and depth of information that websites are capturing about customers’ online behavior.
- XBRL goes XL—Momentum behind the XBRL reporting language may be greater than ever this year, with governments, financial authorities, companies and investors all favoring its adoption.
- Digital divide for the digerati—digital data incompatibility is expected to grow along with the volume of data.
- Water scarcity—for consumers, in 2008, active water management may become as important as other environmental measures, such as carbon footprint reduction.
The study can be downloaded from here.