HorizonWatching 2012 Trend Report: Consumerization

I’ve posted a trend report on Consumerization (as it relates to the Information Technology Industry) to Slideshare and embedded that deck at the bottom of this post.

The Consumerization trend is all about employees wanting to use the same technologies for business as they use in their personal lives.

Another name that’s being popularized in the media and on social networks right now is "Bring Your Own Device“ or BYOD. This refers to the desire of employees to use their favorite device of their choosing as the one they want to bring to work. However, I believe it is more than just “Bring your own device”. Consumerization is happening to technologies other than just mobile devices.

The reality is, in 2012 IT managers are feeling pressure to open their networks to all employee devices, but still manage to enterprise security and compliance levels. CIOs must develop new strategies to be able to handle all types of consumer devices, from smartphones to tablets. Often, the pressure being placed on the IT department first comes from executives and board members who love that new tablet they just got and want to be able to use it on the job.

The slides (embedded below) provide an overview and introduction to the Consumerization IT trend.  Summary information is provided along with many links to additional resources.   The slides are meant to be read/studied and the links are there for you to continue your learning.  You may want to view the slides in slideshow mode so you can easily follow the links.

For other HorizonWatching 2012 Trend reports, check out my posts the last few days.

HorizonWatching 2012 Trend Report: Sustainability & Green IT

I’ve posted a trend report on Sustainability & Green IT (as it relates to the Information Technology Industry) to Slideshare and embedded that deck at the bottom of this post.

Green computing and energy-efficient IT has morphed from an appealing idea into an essential practice. Skyrocketing energy costs and tight budgets, coupled with growing public and government pressure, have forced companies to put this issue on the front burner.

Energy and climate change related issues and what to do about them are being discussed today in corporate boardrooms. Business leaders wanting to find ways to reduce costs by minimizing energy usage, water usage, carbon emissions and waste. Technology can play a big part in the solutions to these great challenges.

In 2012, the focus continues to be improving utilization rates of the existing infrastructure and reducing energy usage of not only information technology resources, all corporate resources.  Also, increasingly, leading enterprises are realizing that a focus on sustainability can lead to competitive advantages.

The slides (embedded below) provide an overview and introduction to the Sustainability & Green IT trend.  Summary information is provided along with many links to additional resources.   The slides are meant to be read/studied and the links are there for you to continue your learning.  You may want to view the slides in slideshow mode so you can easily follow the links.

For other HorizonWatching 2012 Trend reports, check out my posts the last few days.

HorizonWatching 2012 Trend Report: Security

I’ve posted a trend report on Security (as it relates to the Information Technology Industry) to Slideshare and embedded that deck at the bottom of this post.

Our world’s infrastructure is both more sophisticated and more interconnected than ever before – linking vast amounts of information and services in new ways, but also introducing more security complexities and challenges in roughly equal proportion. For this reason, it is no longer enough for organizations, or even entire governments, to try to address security strictly within their own enterprises.

Today’s CIOs have security on their mind 24×7. Security is a long term trend that just continues to grow in importance and size. Information security professionals face the challenge of detecting an ever increasing number of threats.

As new technologies like cloud, mobile and social take the IT landscape by storm, security risks grow exponentially. The data center is more vulnerable than ever. New threats emerge daily and even hourly.

The slides (embedded below) provide an overview and introduction to the Security technology trend.  Summary information is provided along with many links to additional resources.   The slides are meant to be read/studied and the links are there for you to continue your learning.  You may want to view the slides in slideshow mode so you can easily follow the links.

For other HorizonWatching 2012 Trend reports, check out my posts the last few days.

HorizonWatching 2012 Trend Report: Human & Computer Interaction

I’ve posted a trend report on Human & Computer Interaction to Slideshare and embedded that deck at the bottom of this post.

40-50 years ago the way you interacted with most computers was by throwing a stack of cards into a hopper and then you waited for a printout. Flash forward to today and most of us today are sitting in front of laptops that only have a keyboard and mouse to allow us to fully interact with our computers. Sure we have microphones, speakers, and webcams, but we are not fully exploiting those technologies. We have been content for the most part with our keyboard and mouse for about 20 years.

We are now entering a new era where the way we communicate with computers will be different and more natural. Smartphones, and their touch technology, started this trend a couple of years ago.

Apple’s iPad Multi-touch capability has already changed the way we expect to interact with computers in the future. Multi-touch represents a brand new way of interacting with information that is displayed on screens. You can expect that developers will need to incorporate touch and multi-touch as way for users to interact with enterprise applications in the future.

Apple Siri uses your voice as input. It allows you to ask simple questions on your Iphone and then the Siri technology attempts to answer those questions back to you verbally. Just imagine how the intersection of this technology and IBM Watson might play out.

Microsoft’s Kinect technology recognizes gestures and hand movements of users. Today it is being applied to gaming technology.

Tomorrow I expect us to use gestures and hand movements to control our laptops the way we use the mouse today.
Just like multi-touch, you can expect that developers will need to incorporate gesture and speech into future enterprise applications

The slides (embedded below) provide an overview and introduction to the Human & Computer Interaction technology trend.  Summary information is provided along with many links to additional resources.   The slides are meant to be read/studied and the links are there for you to continue your learning.  You may want to view the slides in slideshow mode so you can easily follow the links.

For other HorizonWatching 2012 Trend reports, check out my posts the last few days. 

HorizonWatching 2012 Trend Report: IBM’s Watson Technology

I’ve posted a trend report on IBM’s Watson Technology to Slideshare and embedded that deck at the bottom of this post.

IBM’s Watson is an emerging technology at the intersection of Big Data, Analytics and Human / Computer Interaction trends.
The key enabling technology areas are:

  • Natural Language Processing
  • Semantic Analysis
  • Information Retrieval
  • Automated Reasoning
  • Machine Learning

Watson made a big splash last year on Jeopardy as we all know. While the Jeopardy game was a huge media event and exposure, this technology area has the capability to totally transform decision making.

Watson can sift through an equivalent of about 1 million books or roughly 200 million pages of data, and analyze this information and provide precise responses in less than three seconds.

Watson’s ability to understand the meaning and context of human language, and rapidly process information to find precise answers to complex questions, holds enormous potential to transform how computers help people accomplish tasks in business and their personal lives.

The slides (embedded below) provide an overview on the IBM Watson technology trend.  Summary information is provided along with many links to additional resources.   The slides are meant to be read/studied and the links are there for you to continue your learning.  You may want to view the slides in slideshow mode so you can easily follow the links.

For other HorizonWatching 2012 Trend reports, check out my posts the last few days.  Also, come back over the next week. I have a few more to post about.

HorizonWatching 2012 Trend Report: Analytics

I’ve posted a trend report on Analytics to Slideshare and embedded that deck at the bottom of this post. 

The importance of having a well defined analytics strategy is becoming much more important for all types of enterprises.  It’s important because our appetite for creating, gathering, and storing data continues to grow and grow and grow.

With all that data being created, collected and stored with our IT infrastructures, Business leaders are yearning for deeper knowledge and insights on all aspects of their business and they know that the information they need is available within all the data flowing through the company IT systems.  The business leaders want the capability to be able to harvest insights that will help them make better decisions.  Increasingly, they analytic tools that can provide predictive insights in real time.

While information overload was once a barrier to good decision making, today’s information management and analytics technologies can make it a real benefit.  Successful implementation of analytics capabilities provide value and can help companies create a competitive advantage. 

The slides provide an overview on the Analytics trend.  Summary information about the Analytics trend is provided along with many links to additional resources.   The slides are meant to be read/studied and the links are there for you to continue your learning.  You may want to view the slides in slideshow mode so you can easily follow the links.

For other HorizonWatching Trend reports, check out my posts the last few days.  Also, come back over the next week….I have a few more to post about.

HorizonWatching 2012 Trend Report: Big Data

I’ve posted a trend report on Big Data to Slideshare and embedded that deck at the bottom of this post.  The slides provide an overview on the Big Data trend.  

There’s no denying that our appetite for creating, gathering, and storing data continues to grow and grow and grow.  This information explosion is taxing information management professionals everywhere and resulting in a new buzz word across the industry called “Big Data”.

So what is Big Data?  To me, it refers to how we collect, store, and manage information that comes into an enterprise so that it can be harvested for decision making.

15-20 years ago data was coming in from just a few sources, mainly customer transactions, supply chain transactions, and employee payroll.  Transactions initiated by humans.  Today, data is coming in from everywhere, including other computers and sensors. In addition, the huge growth of videos, pictures, audio, social media and other unstructured data is taxing the storage systems and information databases of many data centers.

These trends continue to put pressure on IT departments to determine how best to design the storage infrastructure and the database warehouses in order to make it easy for the analytic tools to harvest the data for decision making.  That is the challenge of Big Data.

The slides provide an overview on the Big Data trend. Summary information about the Big Data trend is provided along with many links to additional resources.   The slides are meant to be read/studied and the links are there for you to continue your learning.  You may want to view the slides in slideshow mode so you can easily follow the links.

HorizonWatching 2012 Trend Report: Mobile Computing

I’ve prepared another HorizonWatching Trend report…this one is on Mobile Computing.  I have posted a deck to Slideshare (see embedded deck at end of this post).

The slides provide an overview on the Mobile Computing trend.  In the deck you will find summary information about the Mobile Computing trend along with many links to additional resources.

The Mobile Computing gold rush is in full swing. The “train has left the station”. It's hard to talk to an enterprise customer these days without getting into a discussion about Mobile.

In 2012, the shipment of smartphones and tablets is expected to exceed that of traditional personal computers, including laptops. Enterprise CIOs want to use these personal mobile devices to give better access to their internal data and processes for executives and employees, as well as enabling better purchasing and support services for their customers.

Complicating the CIO’s life are a number of factors:

  • employees who wish to use their own devices and applications at work,
  • executives and board of directors who want to use their own devices and applications at work
  • the wide variety of devices used,
  • legacy applications written for a standard desktop screen,
  • application level and device management,
  • cost controls, and
  • maintaining security across the infrastructure.

Some key technology subtrends to watch in 2012 include Voice search and voice assistants, Location Based Services, Gaming, Event-Based Marketing, and Augmented Reality.  On the horizon are applications like Mobile Video and 3D Mobile Internet.   All this has implications for business processes throughout the organization.   CIOs and IT leaders will want to understand how mobile fits into their organization’s unified communications strategy.

The slides provide an overview of the Mobile Computing trend.  Summary information about the Mobile Computing trend is provided along with many links to additional resources.   The slides are meant to be read/studied and the links are there for you to continue your learning.  You may want to view the slides in slideshow mode so you can easily follow the links.

Check out my other HorizonWatching Trend Reports…hope you enjoy them.

HorizonWatching 2012 Trend Report: Social Business

I’ve prepared a HorizonWatching Trend report on Social Business and have posted it to Slideshare.  The deck from Slideshare is embedded below.

The slides provide an overview on the Social Business trend for HorizonWatching Community members.  In the deck you will find summary information about the Social Business trend along with many links to additional resources.

I believe that the social business trend will have a profound impact on the architecture and design of future businesses. Social collaboration is changing the way business is being conducted and enterprise processes are being transformed by social technologies. Over the next 10-15 years, social computing enabled collaboration capability will become part of every business function within the company.  Business processes will change and that will lead to required changes in application software.   Since social will eventually be embedded in every business process and transaction workflow, social computing capability will need to be a critical part of every business application.  As a result, I expect entire business application suites will be rewritten to make use of social collaboration features. 

In addition, all this social activity will generate data that will be mined and analyzed in both batch and in real-time.  The insights generated will be a critical input into all business processes, including research, product development, marketing, sales, technical support, and even business processes like accounting, procurement, and legal.   

Those businesses that make the successful transition to a social business will be more agile, more responsive, and more successful than others.

The slides provide an overview on the Social Business trend.  Summary information about the Social Business trend is provided along with many links to additional resources.   The slides are meant to be read/studied and the links are there for you to continue your learning.  You may want to download and view the slides in slideshow mode so you can easily follow the links.

Over the next week or two, I will be posting information about other HorizonWatching Trend Reports. Stay tuned.

HorizonWatching Trend Report: Virtualization

I’ve prepared a HorizonWatching Trend report on Virtualization and have posted it to Slideshare.  It is embedded below.

The slides provide an overview on the Virtualization trend for HorizonWatching Community members.  In the deck you will find summary information about the Virtualizatoin trend along with many links to additional resources.

Virtualization as a technology has in fact been around for a very long time.  Virtualized infrastructures have become popular not only for cost savings, but because they can enable quick changes to business models, operating structures and the way that business processes are enabled. In addition, a highly virtualized infrastructure is a prerequisite for private clouds so CIOs will continue to focus on virtualization.

Virtualization is one of the best ways to get more business value from an IT infrastructure. By decoupling logical resources from physical assets, virtualization can empower an exceptionally swift response to changing business conditions or changing business strategies.

Over the last 3-4 years we’ve seen server virtualization really take off as a trend and now it is almost standard technology in the data center.  While security concerns remain a hurdle to deployment, we’ll continue to see a focus on virtualization across the entire infrastructure in 2012.

The slides provide an overview on the Virtualization trend. Summary information about the Virtualization trend is provided along with many links to additional resources.   The slides are meant to be read/studied and the links are there for you to continue your learning.  You may want to view the slides in slideshow mode so you can easily follow the links.

Over the next week or two, I will be posting information about other HorizonWatching Trend Reports. Stay tuned.

HorizonWatching Trend Report: Cloud Computing

I’ve prepared a HorizonWatch Trend report on Cloud Computing and have posted it to Slideshare.  It is embedded below.

The slides provide an overview on the Cloud Computing trend for IBM HorizonWatching Community members.  In the deck you will find summary information about the Cloud Computing trend along with many links to additional resources

The cloud computing ‘buzz’ has been going on now for 4-5 years.  Cloud is a disruptive force and will have an impact in most (if not all ) industries.

Cloud computing provides individuals and organizations with new options on how they acquire or deliver IT services, with reduced emphasis on the constraints of traditional software and hardware licensing models.

Long term, I expect cloud and mobile cloud services will replace the traditional client / server application/solution delivery model for the majority of enterprises.

The three main types of clouds are private, public, and hybrid.  All three of these types of clouds are expected to grow significantly in 2012 as enterprises move from experimentation to implementing application solutions.

In 2012 I expect to see mid and large-sized businesses to increase their implementation of all types of clouds.  I also expect larger enterprises will begin to put plans in place to migrate their legacy applications to the cloud.  2012 will also be an important year for cloud services providers hoping to build out cloud application platforms and ecosystems around those platforms.

Here is the deck.

Over the next week or two, I will be posting information about other HorizonWatching Trend Reports. Stay tuned.

HorizonWatching: Top Eleven Technology Trends For 2012

As I do every year about this time, I’m publishing my list of the top Information Technology Trends for 2012.  I have eleven on my list.

The trends on my list are the ones that I feel will have the most impact on IT departments in 2012.   These are the trends CIOs and IT leaders will be focused on learning about and implementing during 2012.

Here’s my list:

  1. Cloud Computing
  2. Virtualization
  3. Social Business
  4. Mobile Computing
  5. Big Data
  6. Analytics
  7. IBM Watson
  8. Human / Computer Interaction
  9. Security
  10. Sustainability & Green IT
  11. Consumerization of IT

For each of the trends, I’ll be developing separate posts in the coming weeks that will provide additional detail on each of the trends….so watch this space.

For now, I am embedding a slide deck I have posted out on Slideshare with background on these trends.  Enjoy.