Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Three Unavoidable Technology Trends

I would like to summarize three unavoidable technology trends that have been around since 2-3 years that are maturing and reaching a level where any CTO cannot avoid. These trends will not only affect the IT environment that we see in corporates today or affect where the IT money will be spent in upcoming years 2014 and 2015 budgets, but most importantly will change the CIO role.

These trends are:
  1. BYOD
  2. Cloud Computing
  3. Big Data


BYOD (Bring You Own Device) promises many benefits such as greater innovation, better work-life balance and improved productivity, but it also increases pressure on IT to manage and secure devices and data. How to do BYOD successfully is a challenge. cio.com provides here a very useful guide and insights on BYOD.

Cloud Computing

This article published on Forbes.com addresses the cloud by describing it as the second wave of IT Consumerization, the first being BYOD. It mentions "The CIO’s role now changes from keeping the lights on—delivering apps, managing devices, maintaining the datacenter—to becoming a strategic partner to the business units. IT can extend the value they brought to the business by enabling mobility in the enterprise, by now saying “yes” to cloud services, and by embracing new ways of getting things done."

Big Data

The Times of India article suggests that big data can help companies grow their revenue by 25%. Rapid development in big data analytics has been seen in the past year or two.

Big data has moved on from the initial stage – where the challenge was about storing the data – and has moved onto the next, which is all about the insights companies can obtain from the data.

"We believe the analytics market is entering a new era, where technology is capable of supporting data-driven business, in real-time."  – suggests this article at theguardian.com.

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