February 19, 2013
Accenture Technology Vision 2013: Top IT Trends and Innovations
By: Nathan Shetterley

Many around the world just celebrated the Lunar New Year, marking a time of renewal and for many a time to reset on what’s important. For us in the Accenture Technology Labs, it’s a time when we renew our annual Technology Vision, which outlines some predictions on which technologies will have a significant impact on organizations – for both their IT departments and their businesses overall – in the next few years. We do this annual report on the future of IT because technology has become pervasive, and is pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in every industry, every market and every business. In fact, we believe that Every Business is a Digital Business – technology innovations now represent trends in both business and technology.

Our premise for the Accenture Technology Vision 2013 is pretty simple: if you don’t know what’s going on, you can’t prepare for it, and you certainly can’t take advantage of it. Within Accenture, we use the Vision as an input to guide our technology R&D investments; externally, we use the Vision to help our clients not just identify and understand key emerging technologies, but also use them to make their business performance even better – and stand out from the competition.

Authored by Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s Chief Technology Officer; Mike Biltz, Director – Accenture Technology Vision and Scott Kurth, Director – Accenture Technology Vision, this year’s Technology Vision focuses the following IT trends and innovations:

  • Digital Relationships at Scale
  • Design for Analytics
  • Data Velocity
  • Seamless Collaboration
  • Software-Defined-Networking
  • Active Defense
  • Beyond the Cloud

But the Technology Vision is just a starting point. Yes, it provides a lens for us to focus in on the technology landscape and shows us where to turn next, but it is only useful if we can translate the Vision into real solutions, addressing real problems in real industries. That’s why this year’s Vision presents 100- and 365-day plans for each technology trend so that organizations can take the insights and act upon them. And this is also where the Accenture Technology Labs comes in – as an innovation engine within Accenture, we work closely with start-ups and technology companies to craft inventive concepts that can help enterprises use emerging technologies to measurably improve business performance.

Stay tuned to this blog for more detail on each of the seven Accenture Technology Vision Trends as well as a peek into the research and activities the Technology Labs conducts. Our experts will highlight not only the technologies disrupting the business world, but also how those disruptions present opportunities for companies ready to take advantage of them.

To read the full Technology Vision 2013 report, and to watch videos relating to the individual trends, visit www.accenture.com/technologyvision.

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