8. 20 percent of Asia-sourced finished goods and assemblies consumed in the U.S. will shift to the Americas by 2015.
Many companies that serve the U.S. market will shift their sources of supply from Asia to the Americas, including Latin America, Canada, and the U.S., thanks to political, environmental, economic, and supply chain risks, Gartner says. "Except in cases where there is a unique manufacturing process or product intellectual property, most products are candidates to be relocated."
9. The financial impact of cybercrime will grow 10 percent per year through 2016, due to the continuing discovery of new vulnerabilities.
Growth in consumerization and cloud computing will lead to the introduction of new software vulnerabilities and attack methods by financially motivated hackers, Gartner warns. "The combination of new vulnerabilities and more targeted attacks will lead to continued growth in bottom-line financial impact because of successful cyber attacks."
10. The prices for 80 percent of cloud services will include a global energy surcharge by 2015.
Some cloud data center operators already include an energy surcharge in their pricing package, and Gartner expects to see more providers follow suit. Business and IT leaders should be prepared to see it included in future cloud service contracts.
11. More than 85 percent of Fortune 500 organizations will fail to effectively exploit big data for competitive advantage through 2015.
Most organizations are in no shape to handle the technical and management challenges posed by big data, Gartner says. "Collecting and analyzing the data is not enough -- it must be presented in a timely fashion so that decisions are made as a direct consequence that have a material impact on the productivity, profitability or efficiency of the organization." As a result, most won't be able to exploit available data for competitive advantage.
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