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A thought provoking infographic on the trends of 2014


thinking2.pngRecently one of my coworkers brought to my attention this infographic about technology trends in 2014. (sorry, didn’t feel I could just include it, so you’ll have to go to the link). It does a good job looking at many of the major trends on people’s minds this year. The topics illustrated on the chart follows – as well as my brief interpretation of them:

  1. More mobile than ever – it is not really about devices but more about a location-aware environment.

  2. Community, community, community – how the sum of individuals is greater than the parts

  3. Brands: The new media producers – content in context

  4. Social Media: No longer the wild west – There are actually models that work

  5. Changing attitudes about social – the rejection of social by some, a loss of trust

  6. The computerized future is now – the war with the machine

These are all factors that we should incorporate into our portfolio/environmental assessments. In my predictions for 2014, I mentioned that this would be a year of instability, so they may even change the foundation of what we think needs to be assessed.


One thing that I thought was missing was the concept of the empowered consumer. The consumption of data and other resources as well as the leveraging of services from a variety of sources is definitely shifting organizations and individuals thinking. Pulling that together in a repeatable, reliable way is not something that can be left to chance. You may have seen that HP released HP Access Catalog a secure private app store that allows employees to download applications and digital content across mobile and desktop devices. Fflexible yet secure approaches are becoming an expectations for business.


I find that graphics like this can drive home some of these thoughts both positively and negatively. By thinking though a diverse set of these projections of the future, we are better equipped to plan on the future we want to encourage to happen.


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