Betting big on the 'SMAC stack'

The notion of combining social, mobile, analytics and cloud into one integrated architectural pipe is gaining traction

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The concept of creating an IT infrastructure that supports and integrates social, mobile, analytics and cloud is gaining ground, and some industry experts and IT executives are convinced that the next generation of IT will revolve around SMAC components as the key foundational technologies.

"We see a lot companies focusing on one or more of these trends. But it's when they converge that it becomes really interesting," says Ed Anderson, research vice president at Gartner.

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"It's like an industrial revolution of sorts, where you're achieving the digital critical mass of some key foundational elements," Anderson says. "We have this platform in cloud services that presents us with unlimited capacity of computational resources. With mobile we have this unprecedented ability to put connectivity into the hands of individuals and devices. Analytics gives us specific insights we never had before, and social media makes it all personal."

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