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MegaTrends, Technology and Planning

I was talking with some of HP’s cloud advisors last week about the technical trends post of a few weeks back and the even higher level view of the future involving megatrends. This illustration has a few of the megatrends I tend to think about when contemplating the impact of technology shifts.




Any time you think about the future there are the 3 P’s to consider:

  • the predictable
  • the possible
  • the preferred

Megatrends are higher-level trends that are industry and to some extent region independent. They can fundamentally change the direction of how value is measured, across the board. Megatrends are highly probable but have an element of uncertainty - based on the reactions of companies, organizations and individuals, or through wildcards -- those game changers that are impossible to predict. They can also push against each other, just like the conflicts in the consumer space mentioned earlier.


When thinking about the trends affecting technology deployment or those affecting your industry, bouncing the requirements and constraints off the wall of megatrends is a good way to start planning for the future. This chart contains a few of the megatrends I consider, you can probably provide a few of your own.

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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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