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February 09, 2011

Accenture Maps Eight Trends That Will Drive Future of IT

Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, has identified eight emerging trends that will drive the future of information technology.

These eight trends are expected to challenge long-held assumptions about IT and will redefine the business landscape, according to Accenture (News - Alert)

“We took a look around the corner and saw a world of IT that barely resembles what enterprise computing looks like today,” said Gavin Michael, managing director of R&D and alliances, Accenture, in a statement.

“The role of technology is changing; it is no longer in a support role. Instead, it is front and center driving business performance and enriching people’s lives like never before,” Michael added.

According to the “Accenture Technology Vision 2011,” report, the most significant trend is that the age of viewing everything through an application lens is ending. Platform architectures will be selected primarily to cope with data volumes and the complexity of data management, not for their ability to support applications.

The relational database will make way for other types of databases like streaming databases, according to Accenture.

IT and other businesses will view application services as utilities that can be procured off the shelf. The role of application and data will be reversed, with data becoming the platform that supports application services. 

Accenture predicts that there will be an evolution of social media into social platforms. Company websites may longer be the first port of call for customers.  Social identities will become valuable to businesses than the traditional and isolated information they get when an individual registers on their corporate website.

Conversation, which is emerging around cloud computing, will become pervasive that the term itself becomes superfluous. Software as a service (SaaS (News - Alert)) and platform as a service (PaaS) in combination with internal applications will cement IT’s role as a driver of business growth, according to Accenture.

The role of people in data security will decline, and will be replaced by automated capabilities that detect, assess, and respond immediately.

 Individual privacy will take center stage as a result of increased government regulation and policy enforcement.

Companies that continue to view analytics as a simple extension of business intelligence will be underestimating analytics’ potential to move the needles on the business, according to the report.

IT is evolving from a world that is server-centric to one that is service-centric.

The Accenture report also says business process design is driven by the need for optimization and cost reduction. Tomorrow it will be driven by the need to create superior user experiences.

In December last year, Accenture announced that Magneti Marelli selected the company for the design and development of the company’s in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), telematics and embedded software initiatives.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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