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Top 10 Smarter With Gartner Articles in 2016

From blockchain to Brexit, our most-read articles in 2016 covered the leading technology trends.

2016 was a year of intelligent connected technologies, political changes and ecosystems. Augmented reality made a consumer debut with over 500 million downloads of Pokemon Go. The Brexit referendum created uncertainty in the business world. Blockchain expanded beyond the financial industry, and questions about securing the Internet of Things were commonplace.

Unsurprisingly, our most popular content was around trends, predictions and technologies, but our readers also turned to Gartner for insights on leadership, analytics and cost optimization.

Top 10 most-read Smarter With Gartner Articles published in 2016

  1. Gartner’s Top 10 Technology Trends
    Our most popular story this year covered a popular session by David Cearley, vice president and Gartner fellow, at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The 10 technologies, which include digital twins, conversational systems and intelligent apps, emerged under the three themes of intelligent, digital and mesh. All the technologies have substantial disruptive potential across industries.
  2. 3 Trends Appear in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2016
    One of the most popular annual pieces of Gartner research is the Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, which this year highlights three trends for new technology: transparently immersive experiences, perceptual smart machine age and platform revolution. Unsurprisingly, blockchain, with its industry-transforming potential and growth to nearly two dozen distributed-ledge products, was a main focus of the Hype Cycle.
  3. Gartner’s Top 10 Security Predictions 2016
    By 2020, one-third of successful attacks experienced by enterprises will be on shadow IT resources. CIOs need to understand the rapidly changing security landscape. Earl Perkins, research vice president, presented this and nine other Strategic Planning Assumptions during his session at the 2016 Gartner Security & Risk Summit.
  4. Top 10 Technologies for Information Security
    Security teams are dealing with an evolving threat environment that requires increasingly advanced technology. From cloud access security brokers to user and entity behavioral analytics, vice president and distinguished analyst Neil MacDonald offers solutions for effective business support and risk management.
  5. Gartner Predicts a World of Exponential Change
    The Gartner Top 10 Strategic Predictions for 2017 and Beyond report explores the disruptive effects of digital business innovation and the impact of secondary ripples from the technology that can be more disruptive than the technology itself. These disruptions redefine markets and entire industries.
  6. Understand the Brexit Impact on IT
    This year brought big political changes to the world, including a referendum for the U.K. to leave the European Union. IT leaders and CIOs were left to wonder how Brexit would impact organizations, vendors and technology purchases. Mark Raskino, vice president and Gartner Fellow, and John-David Lovelock, research vice president, provide some guidance for how leaders should handle these decisions.
  7. Top 10 Technologies Driving the Digital Workplace
    CIOs can drive the digital workplace transformation with a new era of employee-facing technologies. From ambient knowledge to immersive technologies and process hacking, these technologies will offer a competitive edge to companies that implement them.
  8. Gartner Top 10 IT Cost Optimization Ideas
    Cost optimization is a focus for nearly all businesses, and Gartner has a list of frequently recommended actions for CIOs. The main theme is that cost optimization should be an ongoing activity and not a one-off endeavor.
  9. 6 Best Practices for Real-time Analytics
    Real-time analytics, when done correctly, enables companies to make more precise and effective decisions. At the Gartner Business Intelligence & Analytics Summit, analyst W. Roy Schulte, vice president and distinguished analyst, presented six best practices for using analytics to make the most effective business decisions.
  10. The CIO’s Guide to Blockchain
    As of August 2016, client inquiries on blockchain had quadrupled. This guide walks CIOs through the basics of blockchain, including bitcoin and the distributed ledger. It also highlights the risks, such as scalability and governance.

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