Gartner: Seven IT challenges to change the world

Gartner: Seven IT challenges to change the world

Summary: From self-charging devices to full gesture and speech recognition, analysts have mapped out the key tech challenges that could revolutionise business over the next 20 years

TOPICS: Emerging Tech

Self-charging devices and real-time language translation are among technologies pinpointed by future-gazers that will change the world.

Analysts at Gartner have mapped out the key challenges where technology can change lives and revolutionise business over the next 20 years.

The seven challenges are:

  • Developing self-charging devices
  • Developing hardware and software based around parallel processing
  • Full gesture and speech recognition
  • Real-time language translation
  • Persistent and reliable storage lasting approximately 100 years
  • Recycling and automating code to increase programmer performance 100-fold
  • Developing clear indicators to spell out the financial benefits of IT investment to business

Ken McGee, vice president at Gartner, said in a statement: "IT leaders should always be looking ahead for the emerging technologies that will have a dramatic impact on their business."

He said chief information officers should identify which of the challenges were most relevant to their organisation, how they relate to trends in business and society and monitor progress on research into those challenges.

Topic: Emerging Tech


Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

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  • 7 key challenges?

    what about connectivity? so many applications and services are dependant on getting connectivity issues sorted.....
    James B-c7f32
  • CIO or CTO?

    I think the fact that so many of these concern technology development itself rather than the effective application/management of technology is probably a fair reflection that we have focused far too much on the latter in the last decade or so.

    This is underlined by the organisational changes around CIO responsibility. Many companies ditched/down-graded technology ownership (e.g. CTO, Technical Director or the technical aspects of a CIO role) in favour of business-alignment, financial excellence etc.

    Personally I agree with the latter - the CIO should, by definition, focus on the value of information management (and, in conjuction with the HR Director, knowledge management).

    This means the CTO role (however it may be filled) becomes all the more crucial to drive innovation and technological exploitation. This is where we have lost the plot a little and, to meet the challenges outlined here, will need to play catch-up.
  • These look a little arbitrary...

    ...and I cannot believe that the development of indicators of business value for IT investments will change the world.

    Evaluation of investments is possible today. The reason folks struggle with it is either there is no benefit or they don't have the ability to assess / communicate it.

    Identifying a training requirement is not a world-changing experience...
  • 7 key challenges?

    Most of the issues would be solved by conforming to STANDARDS. And as far as software development - I think OOP is at the end of its rope. Replacing it with something better AND industry friendly, now that's a challenge.

    Dazzling Reports & Dashboard Creation