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Recently we compiled our collection of insights showing how experts and industry analysts expect new developments to effect IT in 2013, 2013 Predictions On IT From Experts And Industry Analysts. So with 2013 here, we turned to our our peers in IT and asked them for their insights and opinions for what they think 2013 has in store for the IT industry?

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Alex Baker

Your Insights

What matters are not the "big trends" as anyone can mention big data, cloud, BYOD, mobility, security, but what matters is what these trends mean to your organization and what you're doing to prepare and deal with these "big trends". Also, IT is constantly changing, so something that is a hot topic right now will not be a hot topic in a year, and something that barely exists right now will be a hot topic in a year.

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Sunil Bhukania

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More and more technology gadgets are becoming part of IT infra which are not yet standardised as per security practices. Proper patching practices for such devices yet to get standardised in industry which will take its own time.

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Clive Cooke

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Voice and gesture based computing must start to become more prevalent, particularly with the increase in tablet devices and smart phones, most of which do not come with a seperate keyboard for faster input.

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Ryan Deeds

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I think that the changes in technology herald a change in our(technologists) role. I think figuring out that role is critical. We will be idea people much more than hardware watchers. We will truly be able to innovate and those that do will win out.

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John Gelmini

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The cloud,bring your own devices and issues of control,mobile,flexible and homeworking versus traditional models of managerial control,the eventual demise of e-mail and its replacement with social media

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Scott Glenn

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It's not really about any specific technology that will drive significant changes in how IT and their internal customers work together, but moreso that we are at an age where technology plays a critical role in all aspects of business. I think of IT in three ""buckets""...Plan, Build and Run. Plan is the part of IT that works with the business to determine how technology can improve the top and bottom line. These are the people that face-off with the clients. Build is the part of IT that delivers projects, whether they are new applications, platforms, or infrastructure. Run is the part of IT that keeps the lights on. Traditionally, IT's focus has been on Build and Run. Plan is often the smallest organization, and in many IT groups, is simply handling demand management. As IT becomes embedded in all areas of the business and plays a critical role in the selling, delivery and support of products and services, the Plan organization in most IT departments will need to be revisited. First, these organizations need to be experts not only in technology but also the business processes they support. As Michael suggested, they need to speak the local language. Rather than waiting for the business to come to them, these groups need to be working hand-in-hand to determine priorities and new investment opportunities for improving the business. This may also mean revisiting the way the IT budget is viewed. Next, these organizations should evaluate just how to align to the business while driving the most value. In most organizations that have a formal Plan team, they are aligned by business function, which may not be optimal. Example, having Plan resources dedicated to Procurement and other resources dedicated to Finance leads to silo'd views. Leading IT organizations will have Plan resources focused on processes such as Procure to Pay, Order to Cash, Plan to Deliver, etc. which span across multiple business functions. These types of Plan organizations will be better positioned to truly drive innovation and help their internal clients understand how to properly use technology to improve the business. In many cases, the CIO will not have the flexibility in just adding staff, so the challenge will be figuring out how to re-purpose headcount from the other functions. Taking away from Build is dangerous, as this is the part of the organization that delivers those projects that are truly value-added. So the challenge will be figuring out how to shift resources from Run without sacrificing service levels. Outsourcing will likely play a key role in this, though rather than being used as a strategy to cut costs, it will be a play to shift resources to more value-added internal activities. Companies that don't properly address adding the right level of Plan resources will be the ones that continue to face a growing amount of Shadow IT, given the plethora of SaaS, mobile, cloud platforms, etc. available to them."

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Carson Hanrahan

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Cloud (both IaaS and Saas), mobility, and especially BYOD and the consumerization of IT.

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Hamad Lone

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BYOD and the Cloud are becoming the norm now. Although I still believe that there is still marketing hype regarding the cloud and real benefits are not being realised, I hope that the move towards the "virtualized" data centre will gather pace. This means that the IT infrastructure fabric (including cloud, networks and storage) will be able to analyze traffic and needs and make adjustments to offer optimum performance.

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Jason Lydford

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I completely agree that the cloud, mobility and BYOD will have a major impact in the way in which businesses develop through the use of Information Technology over the coming years. However, I am also a firm believer that business leaders now need to look towards utilising IT in a much more proactive way rather than simply using it as a tool to get the job done. Thought has to be put into ways of positioning the use of technology to push business forward in order to help gain a competitive edge.

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Abdul Subhan Mohd

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Biggest IT Trends for 2013 would be Cloud, BigData & BYOD. We will see many SMBs and IT gaints moving to Enterprise Cloud in the coming years. Challenges includes Cloud Security, Cloud Governance, Cloud Managment in MultiTenant Environment. I found interesting article relate to The ""Big Five"" IT trends of the next half decade by Dion Hinchcliffe. The "Big Five" IT trends of the next half decade

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Steve Mursell

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We are forever improving Business Processes to become more lean and agile. Having an aligned office and mobile infrastructure is key to efficiency improvements. Big corporates have adopted these processes over the last few years with Field Service Teams being equipped with Mobile Devices which drive workflow improvements and eliminate the paper trail. Now, customisable "off the shelf" products help us track the field teams and send/receive job details. Adoption of these technologies is going to make smaller companies far more efficient and profitable giving them the all important competitive edge

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Vishal Patel

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I believe that Big Data, Mobility, Cloud etc all points to a move towards the Information in Information Technology. The technology is becoming more and more a service and a means to store and access the information. Governance and policy is becoming extremely important as any of these new trends will only succeed with the right policies in place. Organisations can and are looking to move more and more of the technology out of the enterprise to focus on providing value to the business through making information available.

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Robin Potter

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The biggest IT trends for 2013 are going to be BYOD, Cloud Computing and Big Data. The article that he gave us a link to is very informative and so is the research that Gartner recently announced concerning 10 strategic technology trends that IT will deal with in 2013. http://www.cioinsight.com/it-news-trends/slideshows/10-trends-cios-should-watch-in-2013/

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Scott Seivwright

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Speed to market is and will be the biggest single change for systems. Why because we are in a transitional phase where products are having short lifespans. Technologies are cheaper, simpler and more commodities. So we need to get things out their quicker to prolong their time in use and maximise revenue return. That said, it is a growing world and new markets are becoming available. So internationalising products that do things for global populations on simple technology will net big returns quickly. Look at face book and similar. Look at the apps on your phone, look at kindle.

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Michael Smith

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I think in 2013 IT leaders will focus more on the business impact of IT compared to past years where we just looked at what was new technology. Successful businesses have well executed IT that innovates and dramatically increases the business's value to its clients. To be heard at the C-level we need to speak in C-language - and I don't mean the programming language here! I mean be able to explain IT plans in business terms that our CEO, CMO or CFO can fully understand and support in organization politics and budgets. Most IT projects that fail do so from a lack of high level support or internal political problems, not for technical reasons...

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Ramana (Venkat) Swami

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I look at it from the evolving Business demands side as that drives IT requirements which in turn drives the IT services market. Currently what is driving / impacting the IT markets is uncertainty in the business world . That tilts IT Solutions and Services towards a bottom line focus rather than a top line strategy . There is a big push to move away from CapEx into OpEx (not every where but in many organizations) 1. The biggest impact based on the above in our IT realm will be the demand for more end to end subscription based services (you can call it cloud or ""as a service"" technology service model) 2. Standardized Security Platform that could integrate all those services mentioned above 3. The important one :- Flexibility + Security for a reduced price

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Charlie Tombazian

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Mobile Commerce, enabled by Near Field Communications (NFC) technology, will change the way we shop, transact coupons, loyalty programs, gifts, airline tickets, hotel room and office building passkeys, ATMs, etc., etc. Essentially our smartphones will not only carry the credit cards in our physical wallet, but our identity and passwords used for a multitude of identity-based services.

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Tyler Willson

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Automation of tasks as tech gets more intuitive, limiting the need for a real hand to take control. That's an issue I could see taking chunks out of database related work.

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What do you expect to happen in IT in 2013?

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