'Internet of Everything' will be platform of the future

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Orlando, Fla.--The highlight of the Gartner Symposium ITxpo so far has been the keynote address by John Chambers, chairman and chief executive officer of Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO).

Chambers laid out his vision that the "Internet of Everything" will become the platform of the future. "Over the next five years, IT will be so deeply embedded in every business process regardless of industry, you won't recognize the difference between business models and IT," he told a packed house at the Gartner ITxpo.

Chambers cautioned chief executive officers not to put their foot on the innovation brake because of economic stagnation. If they do, they will miss the coming IT inflection point and will do a disservice to their customers, as well as society.

The Cisco head also warned government regulators not to start regulating the Internet. "There is a real danger from regulation," he said, because regulations discourage innovation and pick winners and losers.

There have been numerous panels, presentations and analyst briefings on mobile IT topics here at the ITxpo. Peter Sondergaard, Gartner's global head of research, predicted that there will be more than 1.6 billion smart mobile devices purchased globally in 2016.

Sondergaard said that two-thirds of the mobile workforce will own a smartphone, 40 percent of the workforce will be mobile, and more than 300 billion app downloads will occur annually by 2016.

Nick Jones, a Gartner mobility analyst, predicted that mobility would be the number one technology priority for chief information officers in the near future. Mobility placed second this year in a survey of 2,336 CIOs, ahead of cloud.

Mobile IT fits squarely in Gartner's nexus of forces, along with cloud, social media, and big data. These forces are predicted to shape the enterprise IT environment for years to come. - Fred