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Top Ten IT Trends for 2013–Trends 9 and 10

by Hu Yoshida on Jan 10, 2013

Trend 9: Secure Platform for the Adoption of Mobile Devices
The adoption of mobile devices and BYOD will dramatically change the workplace, create more intimate end user experiences, and enable creativity and social innovation. According to the iPass 2010 Mobile Workforce Report, employees with mobile devices work an extra 240 hours per year, which equates to an extra six weeks of work per year, per employee. Mobile devices make it possible for workers to combine their personal and work life and to stay connected anywhere and anytime. This increases their job satisfaction and productivity, especially if they can share information and collaborate with colleagues. In order for IT to embrace this trend and realize the benefits of this technology, they must provide the bandwidth and secure infrastructure for users to share information across these devices and manage the lifecycle of data that is created. In 2013, the adoption of mobile devices will drive the need for content platforms, and vendors will focus resources on addressing the security issues and costs for the adoption of mobile devices in order to provide a safe, content-anywhere platform that can be controlled and managed by IT.

Trend 10: More Tightly Integrated Converged Solutions
Converged solutions, which includes server, storage, and network components in a pre-configured and pre-tested bundle, have gained a measure of acceptance due to their ease of acquisition and setup. However, most of the bundled solutions currently offered in the market require separate tools for managing server, storage and network components because they normally consist of products from different vendors. In 2013, we will see the growing acceptance of unified compute platforms where the management and orchestration of server, storage, and network resources will be done through a single pane of glass to achieve an integrated turnkey solution.

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Blair Cook on 30 Jan 2013 at 1:03 pm

I know a lot of employees are behind BYOD initiatives, but many aren’t willing to give IT complete access to their devices. Where do you draw the line between personal and company data? That’s a hard compromise to make.

Hu Yoshida on 01 Feb 2013 at 4:19 pm

With BYOD, where do you draw the line between company time and personal time? Have you ever sat down at the dinner table with your friends or family while you were reading a business text message?These are hard compromises, but I believe it will lead to greater innovation and life satisfaction if we learn to find the right balance.

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