12 Trends to Watch in Enterprise Security for 2014

Security is a long term trend that just continues to grow in importance as the number of potential entrances that can be exploited grows.  Today’s CIOs have security on their mind 24×7.

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 are  emerging daily and even hourly.  For this reason, it is no longer enough for organizations, or even entire governments, to try to address security strictly within their own enterprises, they must understand and protect all the the potential external risks.

In my  report “Enterprise IT Security Trends To Watch In 2014” available on Slideshare, I provide the following list of twelve trends I am watching this year around the Enterprise Security Trend.

  1. “Target”ed Attacks: Expect more targeted and coordinated attacks (like we saw at Target) that are successful in disrupting service and fraudulently obtaining significant amounts of intellectual property.
  2. CISO Role:  As a result of attacks, more enterprises will institute the Chief Information Security Officer role and task them with developing a corporate wide security strategy.
  3. More Complexity: IT Security continues to become very complex, thanks to the ‘third platform” of mobile, social, big data, and cloud. Enterprises must guard against both theft of data, fraud, etc. and hacking into systems and infrastructures.. Security skills will be in high demand.
  4. Encryption:  Expect a huge interest in encryption technologies as enterprises realize that unencrypted data traffic behind the firewall is vulnerable to detection from outsiders.
  5. Biometrics:  The acceptance of biometrics has been very gradual. In 2014, we will see increased adoption of biometrics as a way to transition from the traditional user ID/password combination used most frequently to verify online identities.
  6. Internet of Things:  Need to secure enterprise systems against unwelcome access by Sensors, M2M Devices, Wearables and Embedded Systems.
  7. Security Automation:  Enterprises will invest in better security management facilities, the use of analytics and intelligence to identify trends and usage patterns, and the ability to monitor, report, and act on security intelligence.
  8. Smarter Malware:  Malicious code authors are very adept at camouflaging their work. They will get smarter in 2014. Expect mobile to be a target.
  9. Mobile Threats:  Mobile usage overtakes PCs. Mobile security platform weaknesses are giving rise to new threats. In 2014 hackers/criminals will increasingly target Mobile email, apps, platforms, wallets, and app stores.
  10. BYOWearables:  Employees will be bringing their Smart Glasses, Watches, and Health Monitors to work with them, causing more complexity for I.T. Security professionals.
  11. Device & Location Important:  Enterprises begin analyzing both device and location information to help them understand the potential context of the user’s attempt to access the network.
  12. BYOS:  Expect a rise in “bring your own security” scenarios, in which employees using their own mobile devices for work also employ their own personal security measures – often without the consent or awareness of enterprise security managers.

 

31 Influential Tech Writers Covering the Emerging Wearable Computing Market

Wearable Computing is an emerging trend that will have an impact across consumer and enterprise markets.  I like to think of Wearable devices as another ‘thing’ in the billions of sensors that makes of the emerging Internet of Things.  Over the next decade critical consumer and business applications will make use of these wearable sensors to help us all make decisions about how we can improve our lives and business outcomes.

Next week I will post my trend report “Wearable Computing Technology” to slideshare where it will be available for download.   I’m still working on finalizing that trend report, but the current draft has about 80 slides packed with information on Wearable Computing Technology and the potential impact on enterprises.

One of the slides I will have in that deck will have the following list of Tech Writers/Journalists who are following Wearables market…and who have over 1,000 followers on Twitter.  These are all influential writers who are interested in how the Wearables market is developing.  They have all recently authored articles about the Wearable Computing trend.

I’ve included their Twitter ID below along with a recent pull of how many followers they have on Twitter.  The list is sorted by that follower count.

  1. Dan Farber, Former Editor at CBS Interactive, dbfarber,  31200
  2. Stephen Shankland, Senior writer at CNET News, stshank,  23200
  3. Anthony Ha,  TechCrunch writer, anthonyha,  20200
  4. Todd Wasserman, Mashable business editor, ToddWasserman,  16400
  5. Don Reisinger, Blogger/Writer, CNET,  donreisinger,  14500
  6. Jay Yarow,  Blogger/Writer, Business Insider,  jyarow,  11100
  7. Samantha Murphy Kelly,  Blogger/Writer, Mashable,  HeySamantha,  11000
  8. Frederic Lardinois,  Blogger/Writer, TechCrunch,  fredericl,  11000
  9. Darrell Etherington,  BloggerWriter at TechCrunch,  drizzled,  9088
  10. Zack Whittaker,  Writer, editor. @ZDNet, @CNET,  zackwhittaker,  8538
  11. Steve Kovach,  Senior tech editor at Business Insider,  stevekovach,  8486
  12. Rip Empson,  Blogger/Writer, TechCrunch,  ripemp,  7736
  13. Steve O’Hear,  Blogger/Writer, TechCrunch,  sohear,  7479
  14. Scott Stein,  CNET Senior Editor,  jetscott, 7478
  15. Pete Pachal,  Tech Editor at @Mashable,  petepachal,  7426
  16. Lance Whitney,  Blogger/Writer, CNET,  lancewhit,  7214
  17. Matt Burns,  Blogger/Writer, TechCrunch,  mjburnsy,  6175
  18. Brad Molen,  Blogger/Writer, Engadget,  phonewisdom,  5426
  19. Jordan Crook,  Blogger/Writer, TechCrunch, jordanrcrook,  5212
  20. Shara Tibken, Blogger/Writer, CNET,  sharatibken,  4653
  21. Chris Velazco,  Blogger/Writer, TechCrunch,  chrisvelazco, 4577
  22. Dara Kerr, Blogger/Writer, CNET, darakerr,  4356
  23. Brooke Crothers, Blogger/Writer, CNET,  mbrookec,  4331
  24. Jon Fingas,  Blogger/Writer, Engadget,  jonfingas,  4163
  25. Mark Johnson,  CEO, Zite,  philosophygeek,  3533
  26. Chris Matyszczyk,  Blogger/Writer, CNET,  ChrisMatyszczyk,  3478
  27. Jon Phillips,  Editor-in-chief of @PCWorld and @agreenbot,  JonPhillipsSF,  2195
  28. Daniel Cooper,  Blogger, Engadget,  danielwcooper,  2129
  29. Sharif Sakr,  Blogger/Writer, Engadget,  shotsheriff,  1857
  30. H. James Wilson,  Harvard Business Review writer and blogger,  hjameswilson,  1820
  31. Vignesh Ramachandran,  Blogger/Writer, Mashable,  VigneshR, 1012

Wearables has a big place in the future of Mobile Computing

As mentioned previously, I am working on a Trend Report on the topic of Wearables.  The more I work on it, the more content I develop….pushing back the publication date further and further.  The report will be similar in look and feel to my other published trend reports.

Mobile computing devices continue to shrink in size and adapt to free up our hands, making it more convenient than ever for users to multitask.  Wearable computing, or wearables, is the buzz of the mobile community in 2014.   Consumers are increasingly buying the fitness bands and trackers as a way to monitor their activities.  And new devices like smart glasses and smart watches are invading the market.  As they do, application developers are beginning to see new opportunities for applications that gather data, perform analysis on that data, and then provide analytics and visualizations back to the user.

Juniper Research says “The retail revenue from smart wearable devices, including smart watches and glasses, will reach $19 billion by 2018.”   Gartner says “The worldwide revenue from wearable electronic devices, apps and services for fitness and personal health is anticipated to be $1.6 billion this year, increasing to $5 billion by 2016”.

While the wearables market still has very much a consumer feel to it, 2014 will be the year leading enterprises are piloting fitness trackers for employee wellness / fitness programs and smart glasses / smart watches for enhancing worker productivity.   Adding further momentum to the growth of the market will be the entry of most of the major platforms into the space, including Google, Microsoft, Samsung, and Apple.

For more on the the future of wearables, check out the following resources:

I hope to have my Trend Report published in the next week or two.  Until then, check out my other Trend Reports at  http://www.slideshare.net/horizonwatching

Wearables: Conferences and Events

“By 2017, Gartner predicts that wearable devices will drive 50 percent of total app interactions.” – Brian Blau, research director at Gartner

I am in the process of researching the Wearables marketplace.  I will be publishing a Trend Report on the topic sometime soon.

I’ve developed the following list of conferences and events related to the Wearable topic.

Start Date Event Name Location
10/9/2013 Wearable Technologies Conference 2013 I Asia Taipei
12/10/2013 Wearable Tech Expo Los Angeles
1/26/2014 11th Wearable Technologies Conference 2014 / Europe Munich
3/5/2014 Wearables DevCon San Francisco
3/18/2014 Wearable Technology Conference and Expo London
3/25/2014 Wearable Tech Expo Tokyo
4/23/2014 Smart Fabrics + Wearable Technology 2014 San Francisco
4/24/2014 M2M World – Wearable Tech Conference London
7/7/2014 Wearables Technology Conference 2014 / USA San Francisco
7/23/2014 Wearable Tech Expo New York
9/22/2014 Wearable Technology UX 2014 London
9/13/2014 International Symposium on Wearable Computers Seattle

I realize there are probably a number of other ones I have missed.  If you know of others, please let me know…I would like to create a master list and include it in my Trend Report.

Application Software Development Trends and Prediction Articles for 2014

Keeping pace with new trends such as mobile, big data analytics, and the growing move towards cloud-based systems has brought new and more challenging issues to the forefront of application development. In today’s environment, application development teams are exploring ways to increase agility, develop new skill sets, implement distributed teams, and implement more complex software engineering methods.

I recently published my trend report Application Software Development Trends to Watch in 2014.  It is over on slideshare.    Below I’ve provided you a list of 10 articles that you might be interested in.

Source Title
Zenoss Why 2014 is the year of the Software Defined Data Center
Computer Weekly The future of application development
SDNZone SDN Predictions 2014: How SDN Will Transform IT
ZDNet Enterprise software 2014: Three themes to ponder
sdnCentral SDN and NFV Technology Trends to Watch in 2014
Fierce Wireless Tech SDN will be 2014’s biggest network trend, says Strategy Analytics
The Guardian 10 app trends for 2014: privacy, wearables, education and more
Tech Republic 10 predictions for open source in 2014
APM Digest 14 APM Predictions for 2014
Web Ascender 14 Website Trends for 2014

 

Enterprise Mobile Computing Trend and Prediction Articles for 2014

The rise of mobility in the enterprise has already had a huge impact, and it will only continue to grow. While there’s much focus from a consumer standpoint on the different mobile and wearable devices, over the next three to five years the most cutting edge advances in mobile will not be in device itself, but instead what is done with it. Mobile computing is at a turning point as we are entering the second wave of the mobile revolution: the business of mobile. Just as the Internet transformed industries like banking, travel and healthcare – so too will mobile.

I recently published my trend report Enterprise Mobile Computing: A HorizonWatching 2014 Trend Report.  The 32 page report provides an overview of Enterprise Mobile Computing Trends to Watch in 2014. Below I’ve provided you some articles on this trend that I thought you would want to read.

Source Title
CIO.com 10 Mobile Tech Predictions for 2014 (Slideshow)
Online Media Daily 2014 Trends In Mobile Marketing And Advertising
Information Age Mobile collaboration in 2014: 4 big predictions
Mobile Enterprise Mobility Outlook 2014
365Online Top 11 Mobile Trends Of 2013
Forbes 7 Ways Mobile Will Change Business In 2014
The Mobile Retail Blog 3 Mobile Marketing Trends to Emerge in 2014
Industrial Distribution Three Key Trends In Mobile Computing In 2014
Mobility TechZone 2014 Prediction: Consolidation Will Firm Its Grip
Mobile Enterprise Technology Predictions

 

Gartner Top Ten Strategic Trends for 2014

Gartner top-10-strategic-trends-2014-gartnerIn case you missed it, Gartner recently announced their latest revision to their strategic technologies list.   The revised list is announced annually at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando.  This post provides an overview of the trends on Gartner’s list of Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014.  The ten are all very important, but I wonder why Big Data, Analytics, and Social are not mentioned.  Regarding #9 Smart Machines, I think we are a few years away from seeing a smart machine market fully develop, but when cognitive systems do go mainstream, the impact will be highly disruptive across all business processes and enterprise applications.

1) Mobile Device Diversity.   Gartner says the explosion of mobile devices and user interfaces will make “everything everywhere” strategies unachievable from now through 2018.  Bring your own device (BYOD) programs have caused IT and Finance organizations a bunch of stress.   Gartner recommends a complete review of BYOD programs to better define expectations and to balance flexibility with confidentiality and privacy requirements.

2) Mobile Apps & Applications.  Gartner says HTML5 and mobile browsers will be the focus of enterprise application development.   Developers should focus on improving the user interface via richer voice and video in order to connect people in new and different ways.   It’s like a gold rush era for creating apps for all different and we should not expect any consolidation to happen soon.

3) The Internet of Everything.   Internet of Things (IoT) is now increasingly being referred to as the Internet of Everything (IoE).  Sensors and devices are increasingly being embedded into all sorts of enterprise assets and consumer items.    Gartner says that most organizations have not yet fully grasped the potential of IoE and not operationally or organizationally ready.   Gartner identifies four basic usage models that are emerging:  Manage, Monetize, Operate, Extend and recommends these four basic models should be applied to any of the four “internets” (people, things, information and places).

4) Hybrid Cloud and IT as Service Broker.   Gartner says the future of cloud computing are hybrid clouds.  This is an environment where clouds can talk to each other.  So enterprises should design private cloud services fro the ground up so that full integration/interoperability is possible. 

5) Cloud / Client Architecture.  Gartner says that cloud and client computing models are shifting.  In the future cloud and client architecture, the client is a rich application running on an Internet-connected device, and the server is a set of application services hosted in an increasingly elastically scalable cloud computing platform. The cloud is the control point and system, and applications can span multiple client devices.

6) The Era of the Personal Cloud.   Gartner says that there is a shift in importance coming away from personal devices and towards personal cloud services.   Users will use a collection of internet connected devices.   The personal cloud and the applications we all run as individuals will become the core control point.

7) Software Defined Everything (SDx).   Gartner sees an increased role for software in the datacenter.   Software is now able to data center more hardware more efficiently and easily than ever imagined before.  With Software-Defined Everything, the computing infrastructure is virtualized and delivered as a service.  Gartner says there is growing market momentum for improved standards for infrastructure programmability and data center interoperability driven by desires to implement cloud computing, DevOps and fast infrastructure provisioning.

8) Web Scale IT.  Gartner says that large cloud services providers such as Amazon, Google, Salesforce.com, and others are re-inventing the way in which IT services can be delivered.  Gartner recommends that IT organizations should align with and emulate the processes, architectures, and practices of these leading cloud providers.

9) Smarter Machines.  Gartner suggests that the “the smart machine era will be the most disruptive in the history of IT”.  Gartner further predicts that “Through 2020, the smart machine era will blossom with a proliferation of contextually aware, intelligent personal assistants, smart advisors (such as IBM Watson), advanced global industrial systems and public availability of early examples of autonomous vehicles.   Gartner says that the market for smart machines will include solutions like

  • contextually aware, intelligent personal assistants
  • smart advisors
  • advanced global industrial systems
  • autonomous vehicles

10) 3D Printing.  According to Gartner, 3D printing is not just for printing toys and jewelry.  Gartner says that 3D printing will have a high impact on many industries, including consumer products, industrial and manufacturing.   Gartner is predicting that shipments of 3-D printers will grow 75 percent in 2014 and 200 percent in 2015.

For more, check out the press release here or attend the December 13 Webinar

Bring Your Own Device: A 2013 HorizonWatching Trend Report

The past year has been characterized by the consumerization of IT for most businesses, and the rising popularity of smartphones and tablets entering the workplace continues to intensify.  The BYOD trend refers to the enterprise policy of allowing employees to use their personally owned devices (laptops, smartphones, tablets) to access enterprise information and applications.  In 2013, companies will need to have policies and solutions in place to ensure cost-effective, productive and efficient bring your own device (BYOD) workplaces.

2013 Trends in BYOD

  1. Number of Devices: Many workers today are carrying three devices: Laptop, Tablet and Smartphone.
  2. Diversity of Devices: Different manufacturers and different operating systems.
  3. Increased IT Responsibilities: IT departments ramp up to handle Mobile Device Management and Security requirements
  4. Best Practices / Case Studies: As BYOD programs increase, demand will increase for industry-wide best practice and case study documentation.
  5. Geographic Differences: BYOD programs need to be customized by geographic region.
  6. Moble Device Policies: Enterprises develop guidelines/standards for employees to follow
  7. Mobile Workforce Training: Leading edge organizations develop and provide mobile device and mobile app trainings as part of their BYOD program
  8. What’s the ROI of BYOD?: With the increased Mobile Device Management requirements, look for CFOs to evaluate whether BYOD really saves any real money

BYOD Trend Report

Head on over to Slideshare where you can download my report

Consumerization: A 2013 HorizonWatching Trend Report

I’ve posted my 2013 trend reports to Slideshare.  Scroll to the bottom of this post to access the trend report on Consumerization.

The Consumerization trend is all about driving innovation in technology from the perspective of the individual consumer or employee.  From an IT Industry perspective, it really got it’s start in the late 70’s and early 80’s with the announcement of Personal Computer technology for the Consumer.  Since then, a whole industry has exploded around the idea of serving the information technology needs of Consumers.  Increasingly, technology developed for the Consumer has made it’s way into enterprise I.T.

In today’s environment, the buzz around Consumerization is about employees who wish to use their tablets and smartphones to access enterprise information systems.  However, Consumerization is much more than just that.

Consumerization of IT in 2013

Here are some important trends to watch out for in 2013 around the topic of Consumerization

  1. Mobile Devices:  CIOs should expect new devices to be announced and adopted by users…who will want to use them to access enterprise information.
  2. Mobile Apps:  Enterprise Mobile developers copy consumer mobile app ideas as they try to provide similar capability for enterprise workers.
  3. Enterprise App Store:  Employees want the look and feel of their consumer app store…and not just for mobile apps, but for all computing apps.
  4. Collaboration Revolution:  Individuals increasing expect corporate collaboration and HR platforms to have capabilities they see in social tools like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, FaceTime, and Google+
  5. Cloudy Expectations:  More consumers are using increasingly sophisticated, cloud-based software to store and manage their personal information and they expect IT departments to deliver that same capability.
  6. Work from Home Employees:  This sometimes “forgotten” segment of enterprise workers increasingly demands improved collaboration, social, and unified communications tools
  7. Walking in the user’s shoes:   CIOs and IT departments need to understand the user’s perspective in order to design and deliver an experience that mirrors what consumers experience everyday.
  8. Rapid Innovation and Prototyping: Consumer technology advances at lightening speed. More IT Departments will try to become more agile and do the same for their users.
  9. Fun on the Job:  Consumer Games drive innovation in Enterprise Gamification
  10. Consumerization in Other Industries:   Consumerization is impacting Education, Healthcare, Banking, and other industries, causing CIOs in those industries to have to innovate.

The HorizonWatching 2013 Consumerization Trend Report

23 BYOD Trends and Prediction Lists for 2013

BYOD2 Today I am sharing with you a list of articles and blog posts I’ve found and inventoried that discuss trends and predictions for the coming year related to the Consumerization of IT and “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) trends.  

Consumerization of IT refers to the trend of innovative technologies (hardware, software, solutions, services) that were designed for consumers making their way into the corporate world.  BYOD is the trend that is specific to the explosion of mobile devices that consumers are buying and how those consumers want to use those personal devices to access corporate networks, applications and data.

It’s important to note that the BYOD trend is not just about companys letting employes use their own devices. It’s also about supporting employees with resources and technical expertise in order to leverage those mobile devices into something that works for the employee and also works for the company.

Here then is a list of 23 blog posts and articles that discuss these trends.

Source Title of Article / Blog Post
CIO.com 2013 Prediction: BYOD on the Decline?
CITEWorld Consumerization in 2013: the big stories to watch
ComputerWorld Forecast 2013: Setting a mobile risk management strategy
ComputerWorld One reliable prediction for 2013: BYOD still a bear for IT
ComputerWorld Where are mobility and consumerization of IT heading in 2013?
DataCOM 13 Mobility and BYOD Tips for 2013
Enterprise Systems Top 3 Emerging BYOD Trends for 2013
Field Aware Implementing BYOD in 2013
Gartner Gartner Identifies Three Security Hurdles to Overcome When Shifting From Enterprise-Owned Devices to BYOD
Ian Tibble What’s Next for BYOD – 2013 and Beyond
InformationWeek 5 Ways To Stay Ahead Of Consumerization Of IT
InfoSec Island What’s Next For BYOD – 2013 And Beyond
ITBusinessEdge BYOD in 2013: Yes, It Is Going to Get Worse
Petri Bring Your Own Device: Will 2013 be the Year of BYOD?
Point 2 Security BYOD Concerns Loom Large in 2013
Redmondmag.com BYOD and Cloud Will Fuel IDMaaS Landscape in 2013
SC Magazine Prediction: BYOD may go away in 2013
Silicon Angle BYOD + Build Your Own App Taking Over Mobility in 2013
Simply Security Cloud to Drive IT Consumerization in 2013
TabTimes 2013 To Do For IT Departments
TeoTech BYOD in 2013
The A Team BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) – 2013 the Year of the Tablet

35 Trends and Predictions Lists for Mobile Enterprise in 2013

mobility For the past 4-5 posts on this blog I have been providing lists of trends and predictions articles and blogs that have to do with the important technology trends for 2013.  Today I am featuring a list of over 35 articles/blogs that provide a discussion of important trends in the area of Mobile Enterprise.

2013 will be a fascinating year for enterprise mobility.  The following articles and blog posts will help you learn more about how enterprise mobility will evolve across mobile applications, devices, services, and strategies in 2013.  There are key predictions around the state of the mobile workforce, companies’ mobility strategies, mobile cloud, mobile applications, managed services, devices and more.

Come back tomorrow for another list of articles and blog posts around another important technology trend topic for 2013.

Source Title of Blog Post or Article
Aberdeen Enterprise Mobility 2013: Looking Forward, Looking Back
Broadband Convergent The Future of Mobile: The Biggest Trends for 2013
Canaudi What Will 2013 Hold for the Mobile Industry?
CCS Insight Top 12 Predictions for 2012 and Beyond
Chief Mobility Officer 8 Far-Out Predictions for Mobile Tech in 2013
CNet Mobile: 10 predictions for 2013
CXOToday.com Enterprise mobility II: 2013 – What to expect?
David Akka Mobile predictions for 2013
Digitas Distillery Five days of Digitas Predictions (for 2013): Mobile
Forbes 10 Predictions For The Mobile Industry In 2013
Frost & Sullivan Mobile Applications are Revolutionising Healthcare, Says Frost & Sullivan 
Frost & Sullivan Mobility drives a new era of Communications and Collaboration across the Mobile Enterprise
IDG Connect Justin Strong (Global) – Gartner Predictions 2013 (Opinion): Is Mobile the Death of the Idle Enterprise?
Information Week 7 Enterprise Mobility Predictions For 2013
Insurance Networking News Top 5 Trends for 2013 — Mobility
Juniper Research Top Ten Wireless Predictions for 2013
Mobile Commerce Daily Top mobile predictions for 2013 – Mobile Marketer
Mobile Enterprise 5 Tech Trends for 2013
Mobile Enterprise Mobility Outlook 2013 by Chris Marsh Yankee Group
Mobile Enterprise Time to Pick Up the Pace: Mobile in 2013
Mobile Enterprise Webinar: Outlook on Mobility 2013
Mobile Marketer Top mobile predictions for 2013
Mobile Marketing What Will 2013 Hold for the Mobile Industry?
Mobile Marketing Association EMEA: Mobile Marketing in 2013
onmobilestratey.com 2013 Mobile Predictions
Sense Networks Sense Networks Reveals Mobile Marketing Predictions for 2013
Telecomasia.net Top 10 wireless predictions for 2013
The Smart Van 5 Mobile Tech Predictions for Field Service in 2013
Venturebeat.com 5 reasons to get excited about Augmented Reality in 2013
Wireless Week Predictions for 2013
Yankee Group Enterprise Mobility Predictions for 2013 (webinar)
Yankee Group Webinar: 2013 Predictions: Mobility at a Crossroad
Yankee Group Will 2013 Be the Year for Enterprise Apps?
ZDNet UberMobile’s Top Ten Trends 2013

Enterprise Mobile Computing: IBM Websites, Social Sites, White Papers and Reports

mobility It’s hard to talk to an enterprise customer these days without getting into a discussion about Mobile Computing. Every day more and more mobile devices are being shipped to enterprise workers, who are increasingly using these devices (instead of laptops and desktops) in order to perform their daily business activities.

Mobile is a key part of the new computing platform going forward.  IT leaders need to be out in front of this disruptive shift and understand how it impacts the way work is done at their company.  Some key mobile technology sub-trends to watch in 2013 include Voice Search, Voice Assistants, Location Based Services, Gaming, Event-Based Marketing, and Augmented Reality.  And within the next few years we will see innovations in Mobile Video and 3D Mobile Internet.   For a view into potential applications five years for now, see the recently announced IBM 5 in 5 predictions.

All this has implications for IT skills and business processes throughout the organization.   CIOs and IT leaders will want to understand how mobile fits into their organization’s unified communications strategy as well as the enterprise-wide collaboration and social business strategy.  The increasing use of Smartphones and tablet computers as personal and business tools has brought organizations and their employees new levels of productivity, flexibility and mobility. However, their use is a double-edged sword, bringing with it new levels of complexity to IT management and security.

To help you learn more about the enterprise mobile computing trend, the following is a list of IBM websites related to Mobile computing trend.  Included are links to IBM websites, social sites, and white papers/reports. 

IBM Websites 

  • IBM Portal: 
    • Why Mobile Enterprise – Overview of the importance of the mobile enterprise trend
    • Why IBM – tabs for “Build & Connect”, “Manage and Secure”, “Extend and Transform” and “Events” that provide information about IBM’s focus on the mobile enterprise trend as well as resources and events to learn more.
    • See it in action – Case Studies of companies that have implemented mobile enterprise solutions
    • Offerings –  Offerings categorized under “Build & Connect”, “Manage and Secure”, “Extend and Transform” and “Mobile Services” provides information on IBM offerings in the mobile enterprise market
    • Developer Resources –  Information for mobile app developers
  • IBM Services: 
  • IBM Software
  • IBM Research:  Research Mobile Computing describes IBM Research and it’s focus on mobile computing
  • IBM Press Kit:  IBM and the Mobile Web  provides background information and press articles

IBM Accounts on Social Platforms

IBM White Papers