Gartner's Top Vertical Industry Predictions for 2014

If Gartner, Inc.'s newest lineup of vertical industry predictions is on target, then most industries are in for a period of accelerated pressures, fundamental change, and the need to either embrace digitalization or lose their competitive edges. In Top Industries Predicts 2014: The Pressure for Fundamental Transformation Continues to Accelerate, Gartner highlights a dozen strategic planning assumptions that CIOs, senior business executives, and IT leaders should factor into their enterprise planning and strategy-setting initiatives.


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