As I look into my crystal ball for 2013, there are a few topics I think will be hot around the water cooler and as a business owner, executive, or IT professional, it would be smart to start thinking about and planning for.
- We are going to start hearing a lot about the security and data issues that surround cloud computing, especially related to the intermixing of personal and work cloud applications and data.
- More generally, we are going to spend a lot of time on the convergence of work and home devices, mobile and desktop devices and all of the cloud components that glue them together.
- IT is going to become more complex on the back end, but more productivity enhancing on the front end, surprising many folks that thought cloud computing would make it all easier.
- Security will become increasingly expensive, challenging,and important as hackers and viruses become more prevalent, difficult to control, and sophisticated. Anti-virus and firewall software and devices won't be able to keep up.
- IT skills will become vastly more diversified and expensive as teams will struggle to keep up, furthering a trend that has been in place for several years, and looks to continue for the near future.
- Business will continue to diversify their technology base integrated more and more solutions and approaches as flexibility and productivity take the driver's seat, replacing the old school command/control aspects of IT.
- Consulting services focused on hardware and software sales will struggle to keep the pace with broader changes driven by cloud and will lose customers to more flexible true service providers with a more holistic and technology agnostic approach.
While there is always the chance that a random element could be introduced, such as a major technology innovation that could render some of these irrelevant, I think the plate is pretty much set for 2013 and these themes will play out in a way that could greatly impact IT departments and business productivity.
It is always better to be ahead of the curve then behind!
As always, it is all about staying happy, productive and supported.
Let's practice happy computing out there!