Gartner feels that the IoT and AR will be channel moneyspinners

Man uses an ear trumpetBeancounters working for analyst outfit Gartner thinks that channel operators who can capitalise on  smart machines, augmented reality and IoT platforms  will coin it in.

Big G ponts out that the channel is already a bit of a mess as customers lose interest in PCs and laptops and chose other platforms. Gartner thinks that the numbers of tablets, smartphones and convertibles being used at work is set to grow.

Taking about the ‘platform revolution,’ Big G said that it will see some dominant themes in the next five to ten years.

Mike Walker, research director at Gartner said that the trends illustrate that the more organisations are able to make technology an integral part of their employees’, partners’ and customers’ experience, the more they will be able to connect their ecosystems to platforms in new and dynamic ways.

“This Hype Cycle specifically focuses on the set of technologies that is showing promise in delivering a high degree of competitive advantage over the next five to 10 years,” said Walker.

“To thrive in the digital economy, enterprise architects must continue to work with their CIOs and business leaders to proactively discover emerging technologies that will enable transformational business models for competitive advantage, maximize value through reduction of operating costs, and overcome legal and regulatory hurdles,” he added.

Immersive experiences, which we thought were just about having nice hot baths are actually virtual and augmented reality and the development of gesture controlled devices.

Smart machine technologies is expected to be the most disruptive area with more data being processed than ever before. The development of virtual personal assistants, lots of smart data and drones along with robots are just some of the things that we can look forward to in the not too distant future, Big G said.

“As smart machine technologies continue to evolve, they will become part of the human experience and the digital business ecosystem,” said Walker.