Virtual and augmented reality head-mounted displays, like the Oculus Rift or Microsoft HoloLens, will not only make major strides in the consumer market this year, but also in enterprises, predicted Gartner.
Gartner predicts that as the Internet continues to tear down the physical hurdles to doing business, large enterprises will start to rely more on advanced analytics and proprietary algorithms over "gut feel."
With the huge influx of data hitting large enterprises, someone is needed at a top level to make sense of it all. With that trend in mind, Gartner predicts that by 2019, 90 percent of major organizations will have a chief data officer.
It doesn't feel like it was all that many years ago cloud discussions began and ended with an explanation of this newfangled technology.
Gartner is forecasting that by the end of this year, 82 percent of mobile phones shipped worldwide will be smartphones, up an impressive 12 percent from last year.
Worldwide IT spending in 2015 took a large overall hit, dropping 5.8 percent year-over-year, according to Gartner.
IDC and Gartner are both reporting steep continued declines in PC shipments, indicating that neither Windows 10 nor the holidays managed to reverse an ongoing trend away from PCs.
If Gartner's predictions earlier this year have come to pass, then DevOps methodologies have shifted from a niche to a mainstream practice within the Global 2000. And it does appear that DevOps has gained a lot of traction this year, although enterprises are finding the methodologies and practices are not yet providing the results they'd hoped for.
There's an odd situation right now between VMware and its parent company, EMC. The planned joint Virtustream venture will now be a solo one. VMware has opted out of the arrangement after investors clearly showed a dislike for the idea; and the company plans to continue running its vCloud Air cloud offering.
As more WAN traffic shifts to the public Internet using software-defined WAN technologies, the more expensive MPLS transport technology may be waning. But as noted by Mushroom Networks, the hybrid WAN that many enterprises will favor over the next few years doesn't mean MPLS is on the way out.