Part of any CIO's job is finding ways to improve their company’s information strategy. With an ever-growing amount of responsibilities, CIOs are hard-pressed to find optimal ways of managing their data. Especially when the data is expanding – in terms of size, sources, languages and speed – all the time.

CIOs are looking for new ways to design forward-thinking business platforms that can handle all this information. In response to this, Gartner developed a concept known as the Nexus of Forces that describes how the convergence of social, mobile, cloud and information are creating new business opportunities.

At a recent Gartner symposium, it was reported that: “Although these forces are innovative and disruptive on their own, together they are revolutionizing business and society, disrupting old business models and creating new leaders. As such, the Nexus of Forces is the basis of the technology platform of the future.”

With widespread computer and mobile adoption, companies must ensure critical business systems can incorporate this data in a user-driven ecosystem. The Nexus of Forces has four key elements:

  • Social 
    Consumerization is driving enterprise IT practices by activities such are sharing comments, links, recommendations and sharing.
  • Mobile
    Few things have a bigger impact on business than its ability to interact and excel on mobile devices. Smartphone users alone are projected to top two billion people in 2015. But this mass adoption forces new infrastructure and threatens the status quo.
  • Cloud 
    Gartner calls this the glue of the Nexus. It houses all mobile data, makes networks and platforms scalable and helps connect information from separate systems. Without cloud computing, social interactions would have no place to happen at scale, mobile access would fail to be able to connect to a wide variety of data and functions, and information would still be stuck inside internal systems. 
  • Information
    Information is stored everywhere, and through the convergence of social, mobile and cloud, it's becoming more possible to capture it all and access it anywhere, anytime.

Embracing these technology forces is likely to yield some wonderful opportunities for businesses that drive the future of technology and data aggregation. Analytics best practices already include the use of KPIs and dashboards that work in real-time and speak the languages of several critical business systems at once. The emergence of the Nexus of Forces brings about great opportunities for IT departments to drive strategic initiatives throughout the whole business. 

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