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What’s in Store for the Tech Industry in 2013?

by: Sarah Joson

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 | Outsourcing News |

With the rapidly changing information technology environment, renowned technology and research consultancy firm Gartner shares its top 10 IT trends for 2013 at ComputerWorld.co.nz

Tech industry in 2013

The list includes specific segments that are seen to influence not only the internal processes of an organization, but the behaviour of the market as well.

1) Mobile devices showing strong activity 
Although mobile devices have nearly taken over IT departments, Gartner says it will not completely wipe out the use of PCs as not all divisions are required to use mobile applications, for now. As other platforms such as the Apple-based medium and Android arise, Windows will no longer be the only platform for companies.

According to an expert, in 2015, media tablets will soon catch up with laptop shipments, and Windows will be the last, lagging behind Apple and Android.

2) The evolution of HTML5
Native apps will still proliferate due to the recent developments in HTML5.

3) Users will be more inclined to use the cloud.
Because the uses and capabilities of the cloud are endless, more and more users will be inclined to store data and get information using the cloud and it will be long before a company or application surpasses it.

4) Everything will be connected through the internet.
Things will be made easier as processes will be more digitized and interconnected. It will be the dawn of the simplification of things.

5) Cloud services will also evolve.
With the continuous adoption of the cloud, more services will be designed for its usage, and of course, security.

6) Big data in the big picture
Big data projects are now more manageable and more ideal for companies since servers and CPUs have become more affordable.

7) More accurate metrics
Metrics like analytics will be used more to map out future strategies and point out which areas need to be improved based on past projects. 

8) Faster in-memory computing
Information can be stored on a computer for a specific purpose and this is called in-memory computing.  It will be more important in the coming years as users will be looking for real-time answers to their questions and needs.
9) Virtual appliances
Like everything that is becoming digitized, virtual appliances will gain more traction to respond to the increasing demand for virtual applications but not necessarily take over physical appliances. 

10) Apps for enterprises
Companies will need to purchase apps that are specifically made for large companies. They would have to acquire licenses to maximize the potential of the app in an enterprise setting. IT departments will be the ones that will scout for app developers and of course, this is part of the sales talk.

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