The Gartner symposium quickly gives you an insight into the CIO's state of mind – as said challenged to be a Chief Innovation Officer instead of Career Is Over as was the joke of previous years.
Probably the biggest innovation Gartner
sees is the Internet of Everything, finally enabled by mobility, social media and cloud – so think intelligent dishwashers asking to be bought by you because you walk by and 'they' knowing that you have other equipment in your house that they can connect to……let your imagination do the rest because possible it is.
Looking at the main technology trends, it's about mobile devices, mobility, contextual awareness, app stores, next generation analytics, big data, in-memory computing, low energy. As you can see, all somehow related to the Internet of Everything. From the development point of view, it's mobile app's first and other channels after that. Interestingly enough, they state that HTML5 takes another 18-36 months to mature and by then will probably be obsolete – outrun by platform specifics.
Quite some sessions were targeted towards the need for programmers' agility or how to cope with all technology around. They promoted to think beyond the programming language and talked about 'Latin blocks' and 'fit for purpose' - make sure you can switch between 'similar' languages and select the right language or component for the right job – multi-cultural application landscapes.
With all this in mind you easily can see the importance of ISDC's 3i portfolio: Innovation, Intelligence and Integration brought to you by swift agile projects with integrated teams – so called DevOps teams who are dedicated to products and product lifecycle !