Technology Briefing: Technology Landscape 2015
A Citrix CTO Office Document
to see significant advances in workflows and event based collaboration. Economies that are less
wedded to the traditional Windows or Mac desktop are likely to lead this sea change in the way
work is done. This development profoundly changes desktops, which are expected to disappear
into the background. Technology will in general become much less visible to the end user.
The mobile phone and the tablet of 2010 will be seen as the start of a huge diversification of access
devices. By 2020, these will look radically different from those we use today. We will use screen
projection and flexible panels, holographic keyboards , and gesture control
. We may see
wearable computer devices that are strongly linked into our context (e.g. location, time of day,
and/or activity). Another exciting development is the docking identity provider. This is a small device
(like a dongle) that can be plugged into the fabric, and gives a particular location your identity,
with access to all your information and workflows.
Datacenter and Cloud
Cloud infrastructure becomes just that: infrastructure. After 2020, few organizations, apart from
service providers, believe IT infrastructure provides a business advantage. Cloud infrastructure
characteristics (on-demand self-service, broad network access, resource pooling, rapid elasticity,
and measured service) will have become firmly established by both private and public cloud service
providers. The same principles will have made good progress inside the enterprise IT organization,
such as they still exist in 10 years time.
22 See, for example: Pranav Mistry at TED; The Sixth Sense: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzKmGTVmqJs