Gartner's Trends List for 2012

Now that we are midway through 2012, the Gartner Symposium gives us the IT research firm's tech trends for the year. As usual, it's a mix of emerging and existing technologies.

According to, the top ten includes:

    The use of media tablets and other small-form-factor computing devices;

    The continuing explosion of mobile-centric applications and interfaces;

    The growth of app stores and marketplaces;

    Contextual and social user experience;

    The "internet of things";

    Next-generation analytics;

    The proliferation of big data;

    The smarter use of in-memory computing;

    The recognition of the value of extreme low-energy servers; and

    The continued acceptance of cloud computing.


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