For years, we've constantly referenced the phrase "consumerization of IT." That's because—with the emergence of the cloud, mobile devices and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies—many decisions about technology purchases have shifted from the IT organization to business departments and employees. However, tech organizations will have a greater say in IT acquisitions and deployments in 2015, according to a recently released forecast from Deloitte. The 14th edition of Deloitte's "Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions" indicates that innovations related to the Internet of things (IoT), drones and 3D printing will play a lead role in the changes, as technology and business leaders will work together to determine which technologies will have the biggest business impact. "We are entering an extraordinary period where consumer technologies are finding increased adoption in the enterprise space," says Eric Openshaw, vice chairman of Deloitte LLP and the U.S. technology leader for Deloitte's technology, media and entertainment, and telecommunications industry practice in the Americas. "The amount of data we will see generated from connected devices will pave the way to measure interactions in a way not witnessed before, [and] will allow organizations to understand customer behaviors and purchase patterns in a whole new light." The following predictions are adapted from the report, including forecasts about nanosatellites and contact-free mobile payments, among other topics. Deloitte compiled its predictions based on hundreds of interviews with industry executives and commentators, as well as proprietary research programs involving tens of thousands of consumers and users worldwide.
Mobile, the cloud and cyber-security will continue to dominate tech headlines this year, but the following "critical tech innovations for 2015," adapted from a list compiled by the IEEE Computer Society, will recast these topics in a fresher, forward-focused light. They include wearable devices, 3D printing, what's called "augmented reality" and an anticipated redefinition of the Internet of things (IoT) and the Internet of everything (IoE). Combined, these technologies are expected to enable organizations to work faster and smarter, while driving down costs on products and services. "2015 should see real progress in these areas," says incoming IEEE Computer Society President Thomas Conte, who is also an electrical and computer science professor at Georgia Tech. "We are reaching an inflection point for 3D printing, which will revolutionize manufacturing, and the exponential growth in devices connected to the Internet makes interoperability and standards critical." The IEEE Computer Society is a leading global computing membership organization, which serves as an information and career-development source for professors, researchers, software engineers, IT professionals, employers and students.