CIOs mulling over their next big step may want to take a look at Gartner’s latest survey: Over 2,000 CIOs were asked to reveal their top priorities in 2013 and the results show there’s a significant focus on the latest “digital technologies.” That no surprise for the astute reader, but aligning new technologies with business objectives is key to making a 2013 strategy a powerful one.
If the somewhat tepid predictions for technology investments has you feeling a bit gloomy about expansion in the coming year, it’s important to look at the numbers within the numbers to find the real bright spots in IT. To hear analysts tell it, even in these lackluster times, there’s few better opportunities out there right now than those afforded by the growing areas of analytics, Big Data, mobility, collaboration and cloud.
In a recent report, IDC predicts Big Data and associated analytic technology services are set to grow at a sizable 31.7 percent compound annual growth rate, and by 2016, revenues in the Big Data space will hit $23.8 billion. As a result, IDC predicts, this demand in growth and technology will be met with a shortage of skills that will drive many to the cloud.
Cloud detractors would say that cloud computing is a still-maturing market with many pain points to be ironed out, but there’s mounting evidence to the contrary. The latest findings from a survey by Dimensional Research, sponsored by HostAnalytics, suggests that at the end of 2012, CIOs aren’t just savvy on cloud, they’re excited about it and they understand its potential.
A lot of planning goes into rolling out a major workplace upgrade, be it cloud services or the sweeping adoption of mobility. With no shortage of pain points and hurdles, it may seem like all efforts to stay relevant and future-proof will be plagued by lengthy transition processes. But that doesn’t have to be true. Small steps today can pay off big tomorrow.
It’s obvious the bring-your-own-device trend isn’t just a passing fad; it’s an inevitable paradigm shift within the personal computing world. As devices become more sophisticated, their capabilities expand exponentially. But how can a CIO adopt a corporate BYOD strategy without clamping down on the innovation that makes tablets productivity powerhouses?
Technology market watchers are busy taking stock of 2012 and placing their bets for the new year. IDC is looking at 2013 as the time to complete the transition to what it calls the “3rd Platform,” as organizations look to integrate newer technologies and market competition becomes fiercer.