10 Global IT Predictions for 2013 and Beyond

Gartner lays out the global IT market and business transformations that will dominate enterprises for years to come.

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1. Through 2015, 90 percent of enterprises will bypass broad-scale deployment of Windows 8. 2. By the end of 2014, three of the top five mobile handset vendors will be Chinese. 3. By 2014, European Union directives will drive legislation to protect jobs, reducing offshoring by 20 percent through 2016. 4. By 2014, IT hiring in major Western markets will come predominantly from Asian-headquartered companies enjoying double-digit growth.
5. By 2017, 40 percent of enterprise contact information will have leaked into Facebook via employees' increased use of mobile device collaboration applications. 6. Through 2014, employee-owned devices will be compromised by malware at more than double the rate of corporate-owned devices. 7. Through 2014, software spending resulting from the proliferation of smart operational technology will increase by 25 percent. 8. By 2015, 40 percent of Global 1000 organizations will use gamification as the primary mechanism to transform business operations.
9. By 2016, embedded smart electronics in shoes, tattoos and accessories will emerge as a $10 billion industry. 10. By 2014, market consolidation will displace up to 20 percent of the top 100 IT services providers.

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