Gartner Predicts Digital Disruption Accelerating for IT

ThereEUs a flood coming out of Orlando, Florida. A flood of predictions, to be more precise, emanating from the Gartner conference currently taking place in that city, and they point to an IT landscape in which digital disruption is accelerating.

Gartner senior vice president Peter Sondergaard, for example, told the more than 8,000 CIOs and IT leaders gathered at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando that every corporate budget these days is an IT budget, and every company is a technology company.

He said that this 'digital industrial economy" is being EUbuilt on the foundation of the nexus of forces,EU including the confluence of cloud, social collaboration, mobile and information, as well as the emerging Internet of Everything, including sensors and data tracking of inventory and of customers in brick-and-mortar stores, as well as analysis of every type of data.

3D Printing

Gartner said the Internet of Everything will mean that the 2.5 billion connected devices with unique IP addresses in 2009, most of which were cell phones and PCs, will become 30 billion devices with unique IPs, most of which will be products, by 2020.

The industry research firm is also releasing a variety of other predictions for IT organizations and users. One of the coming revolutions involves 3D printing and the production of physical goods and models, Gartner said.

This means, the firm said, that there will be a loss of at least $100 billion annually in intellectual property by 2018 because of 3D printing. The continually improving printers will not even have to print a finished good in order to engage in IP theft, but will only need to make a wax mold from a scanned object, enabling the object to then be manufactured.

Crowdsourcing

But thatEUs only part of the picture. Gartner predicts that 3D printing of tissues and organs, what it calls EUbioprinting,EU...

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