ORLANDO — Gartner on Tuesday rolled out its top 10 strategic technologies for 2015 and the big takeaway is that 3D printing has gone mainstream in the enterprise. Meanwhile, smart machines, computing everywhere and the Internet of Things are staples for 2015.
The top 10 list when compared with 2014's list doesn't offer a lot of surprises, but does highlight a few key flameouts. For instance, mobile device management was a strategic technology in 2014, but didn't make the cut this year. Why? Mobile device management became a commodity technology and CIOs at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo are being pitched by a bevy of enterprise mobility management companies facing near certain consolidation.
3D printing cracked Gartner's top 10 in 2014, but has worked its way up to the No. 3 spot. Why? 3D printing is now strategic as a bevy of enterprises have acquired systems for prototyping and other use cases. On Gartner's hype curve, 3D printing has reached the phase where it'll deliver real returns.
Gartner analyst David Cearley said that enterprises pondering 3D printing need to view investment through a lens of better agility, cost savings as well as innovation for future products.
Here's a look at the takeaways from other items on Gartner's strategic technology list.