Predictive Systems

Source: Fortune, May 2012

“Contextual and social user experiences” refers to software systems that use data on individuals to “anticipate the user’s needs and proactively serve up the most appropriate and customized content, product, or service,” according to Gartner. Rather than note that consumers are buying, say, more wireless keyboards than ever before, perhaps your company can use these systems to predict they’ll want certain types of additional features for their next keyboard purchase. This could range from new colors to more ergonomic shapes. Gartner predicts that through 2013, such predictive systems will thrive. Businesses that use these systems will, too.

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