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Technology Outlook: MAGICS for 2013

Once again, we have seen exciting and phenomenal movements in the technology frontier this year, particularly in the fields of SMAC. Looking forward, 2013 is expected to be more accelerated and innovative. I predict that the challenging theme for next year lies in the following areas: Mobile, Analytics, Gamification, Interfacing, Cloud and Social (MAGICS).
  • Mobile: Mobile devices will combine and converge towards an all-in-one handheld/wearable apparatus, which also serves as a sensor and remote control to other embedded smart devices and services.
  • Analytics: Big Data analysis will advance to drive truly real-time BI on data in any structure from any source, resulting in more semantic and predictive insights to help decision makers and individuals.
  • Gamification: Gamifying applications will gain momentum to go mainstream, marching to another level of involvement and inspiration in user experience.
  • Interfacing: Better and disruptive ways to interact with computing devices in H2C, C2C, and H2H tend to emerge, e.g. natural language interacting, contextual adaptation, gesture recognition, body sensor, mood meter, etc.
  • Cloud: Commoditization and interoperability will make the cloudy marketplace less crowded in consolidation and confluence, with capability-as-a-service being on-demand and just-in-time through total virtualization as software-free, hardware-free and infrastructure-free.
  • Social: Micro networks will thrive towards social dashboards and advanced crowdsourcing via PaaS to add business values and improve operational effectiveness, revamping the business models to be adaptively tailored to dynamic behaviors and experience of every single customer.

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Tony Shan works as a senior consultant, advisor at a global applications and infrastructure solutions firm helping clients realize the greatest value from their IT. Shan is a renowned thought leader and technology visionary with a number of years of field experience and guru-level expertise on cloud computing, Big Data, Hadoop, NoSQL, social, mobile, SOA, BI, technology strategy, IT roadmapping, systems design, architecture engineering, portfolio rationalization, product development, asset management, strategic planning, process standardization, and Web 2.0. He has directed the lifecycle R&D and buildout of large-scale award-winning distributed systems on diverse platforms in Fortune 100 companies and public sector like IBM, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Cisco, Honeywell, Abbott, etc.

Shan is an inventive expert with a proven track record of influential innovations such as Cloud Engineering. He has authored dozens of top-notch technical papers on next-generation technologies and over ten books that won multiple awards. He is a frequent keynote speaker and Chair/Panel/Advisor/Judge/Organizing Committee in prominent conferences/workshops, an editor/editorial advisory board member of IT research journals/books, and a founder of several user groups, forums, and centers of excellence (CoE).

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