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.
“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.
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.
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.
Encryption: Expect a huge interest in encryption technologies as enterprises realize that unencrypted data traffic behind the firewall is vulnerable to detection from outsiders.
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.
Internet of Things: Need to secure enterprise systems against unwelcome access by Sensors, M2M Devices, Wearables and Embedded Systems.
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.
Smarter Malware: Malicious code authors are very adept at camouflaging their work. They will get smarter in 2014. Expect mobile to be a target.
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.
BYOWearables: Employees will be bringing their Smart Glasses, Watches, and Health Monitors to work with them, causing more complexity for I.T. Security professionals.
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.
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.
I’ve published my 2014 Trend report on 3D Printing. The 76 page powerpoint slide deck provides an overview of 3D Printing trend along marketplace research and insights and hundreds of links to additional resources.
About 3D Printing: Also called Additive Manufacturing, 3D printing has been hailed as a transformative manufacturing technology, 3D printing involves fabrication of physical objects by depositing a material using a nozzle, print head, or any another printer technology. Though initially used for prototyping of products, 3D printing has evolved and is currently capable of customized short-run manufacturing of industrial products, dental implants, and medical devices. The reality is that 3D printing is finding use in a diverse range of applications across varied markets.
Technological advancements are increasingly facilitating the use of 3D printers for manufacturing final products. The technology has now reached a stage where digital models can be replicated to produce physical components or prototypes, which would be similar to those of mass produced products. The declining cost of printers has led a wide range of industries ranging from aerospace and automotive to footwear and jewelry to adopt 3D printing technology for manufacturing desired objects. 3D printing technology is thus offering individuals as well as companies with the ability to design as well as manufacture objects at relatively lower costs.
Table of Contents
My 2014 trend report includes the following table of contents.
1.Introduction to 3D Printing
2.Marketplace Opportunities and Industry Applications
3.Materials & Technologies
5.Drivers, Challenges, Implications, Trends to Watch
6.Summary / Recommendations
7.Appendix: Resources for further reading & understanding
Wearable devices incorporate advanced electronic technologies that allow for activity tracking via sensors, wireless communications, and computing capability normally found in smartphones.
Based on all my research and reading…all signs point towards wearable computing (wearables as they are becoming known) becoming the next big thing in consumer technology products. Fitness trackers are exploding on the market and there is a whole new categories wearables that are being launched as accessories to smartphones, including smartwatches and smartglasses. And there are also emerging categories such as smartrings, wearable healthcare monitors, smartclothing, and heads-up displays. And just like smartphones made their way into the enterprise, so will wearables.
The future of wearables looks bright as it leverages the 3rd computing platform and is at the intersection of internet of things and mobile computing. Wearable devices incorporate advanced electronic technologies that allow for activity tracking via sensors, wireless communications, and computing capability normally found in smartphones. In the future, they will be able to communicate with other computers, mobile devices, wearables and ‘things’ in the Internet of Things.
15 Wearable Trends to Watch in 2014
Fitness Trackers: Enterprises will increasingly give trackers to employees as part of health and wellness programs. Overtime, trackers will experience increased competition from other wearables, including smart clothing.
SmartWatches: Expect more fashionable and functional watches to hit the market in 2014. Smartwatch developers must focus on cutting prices, adding more apps, and improving the look to attract broad consumer interest. The expected iWatch announcement from Apple might just do for watches what the iPhone did for mobile phones
Smart Glasses: Expect a number of announcements in 2014 within smart glasses, which has huge potential for any workforce that could benefit from access to hands free computing. Google isn’t the only game in town. Vuzix, GlassUp, Recon Instruments and Telepathy are ones to watch too.
Smart Clothing: Real, working smart clothing might be a bit further off, but it’s on its way. Smart Clothing like OMSignal, Hexoskin and Athos will lead the way.
Fashion Required!!: For consumer wearables to really take off, they must be fashionable. In 2014, look for leading device manufacturers to focus on the fashion and style of these devices.
Healthcare Monitors: Wearable technology is likely to significantly disrupt our healthcare model as we know it, helping doctors and patients keep track of real-time health data in ways never capable before.
Enterprise Adoption: In 2014 leading edge companies will begin to explore using wearables not only for employee wellness programs, but for other applications designed to improve worker productivity.
New Business Processes: As wearables enter the workforce, we will find new ways to use these devices to help us make better business decisions. Business process engineers will explore new ways to reengineer older business processes in order to do just that.
Wearables Apps: New apps are required to integrate wearable data into business applications. As the user base grows for wearables, so too will the developer community which will bring some new and exciting use cases for wearables including some killer features that will justify their need.
Big Data to get Bigger: Wearables, a subset of Internet of Things, will produce even more data than we have now, taxing our already complex enterprise Information Management systems and data warehouses.
Wearables Analytics: Advanced analytics and dashboards will be needed to provide insights from all the wearables. Some wearable devices will have embedded analytics and cognitive capability right on the device.
Wearable Communications: In the future, wearables will communicate not only with smartphones, but with other ‘things’, both other wearables and other sensors/devices. This ability to communicate seamlessly andd transparently will provide new and innovative capabilities for enterprises to leverage wearables.
Security: In 2014, IT professionals will need to decide how to cope with the increasing threat from wearables. For those who found implementing BYOD a challenge over the past few years, expect the bring your own wearable (BYOW) issues to be much harder to figure out
Privacy: There will be increased interest on the part of consumers to 1) protect the personal data that is being collected via their own wearables and 2) protect against unlawful video recording from smartglasses and other cameras.
Ecosystem Partnerships: Traditional IT vendors accelerate their partnerships with wearable providers, mobile app developers, global telecom service providers and semiconductor vendors.
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.
Dan Farber, Former Editor at CBS Interactive, dbfarber, 31200
Stephen Shankland, Senior writer at CNET News, stshank, 23200
Below you will find my list of the top trends in 2014 for application software development along with a information about my latest Application Software Development Trends to Watch in 2014 report that you can download out on slideshare.
Trends in Software Development
The emergence of a new computing era built on a secure platform of mobile, social, cloud, and big data/analytics capabilities is impacting business models and processes. 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. Application software developers must transform old legacy applications to align with fast changing business needs. In today’s environment, application development teams need increased agility, new skill sets, distributed teams, and more complex software engineering methods.
Here then, is my list of top software development trends for 2014
Innovate for the “Third Platform”: Legacy is old. Developing on the third platform will accelerate in 2014. However, it requires new skills in Security, Social, Cloud, Mobile, Big Data/Analytics, IoT, HCI, Gamification, and Cognitive Computing.
Use of APIs Accelerates: In 2014, we are going to see a huge leap forward in how APIs are put to use to drive innovation and help organizations be more efficient and profitable.
Designing For Hybrids: Developers must design private cloud services with a hybrid future in mind . Must make sure future integration and interoperability are possible, while securing the enterprise at the same time.
IoT & Embedded Systems: Demand for skilled developers who can develop sense and respond systems and other IoT-based solutions increases.
Integrating Front and Back Office: Growing integration requirements between back office IT and operations – for example with smart physical hardware (pumps, switches etc) capturing info relevant to operations, business management; cyber security; etc.
Secure The Enterprise!: With the advent of distributed systems, mobile, IOT, etc, there is no longer a fixed perimeter to fully protect now. The ‘attack surface’ is now huge. Developers will called upon to secure the enterprise.
Software Defined “Everything”: In 2014, the buzz around Software Defined will increase. Enterprises and service providers force clear definitions . Expect numerous product announcements from vendors.
Application Containers: The next big thing is containerizing and virtualizing the application, not just the machine. Watch companies include Docker and ZeroVM.
DevOps Adoption Accelerates: More than just about automating deployments, DevOps requires cultural change, including coordination, collaboration and trust among the teams that participate in the application lifecycle.
Open Trend Continues: Open Source, Open Standards, OpenStack, OpenFlow, Open Compute, and Open Data.
Crowd Sourcing/Funding: Crowd sourcing of everything. Now projects are crowd sourced and crowd funded. Support is now crowd supplied in places like stack overflow.
Hack Days: Becoming more popular as a way to develop innovative new software and features within a tight deadline.
Hadoop: The Hadoop ecosystem is maturing. Expect a whole new set of real-time analysis capabilities.
HTML5 Growth: Businesses have started to truly understand the advantages (and limitations) of HTML5 in the enterprise. In 2014 we will see a new focus toward the ‘write once, play everywhere’ concept.
Secure Enterprise Mobile Apps: Developers need to roll out more secure alternatives to popular mobile apps. New pressures to make sure all enterprise apps are thoroughly vetted from a software security standpoint.
Application Performance Management: Vendors and their customers increasingly scrambling to address and control under-performing application environments.
Consumerization: Enterprise Developers need to keep an eye on what is being developed for Consumers. That next great consumer device, app, or solution may just be what’s needed for the enterprise.
Wearables will eventually go mainstream in enterprises. Not all employees will use wearables in their daily tasks, but there will be many employees that will use wearables to help them do their job better.
I am nearing the end of my research into Wearables and will be publishing my 2014 Trend / Resource Report soon. Hopefully this weekend.
While doing my research, I checked out various media outlet resources to understand what was being written about various devices and capabilities. The list below will appear in my report.
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.
The Digital Marketing trend is reshaping relationships with customers, employees, and business partners. Many enterprises are already well on their way to digitally transforming their marketing capabilities. They are are leveraging digital technology to learn how to better engage with their current and future customers. Digital Marketing best practices can result in improved engagement, reduced cycle times, and lower costs.
I recently published my trend report Digital Marketing Trends to Watch in 2014. The report provides an overview of Digital Marketing and what sub-trends to watch in 2014.
Here’s a few articles you might like to have a look at.
When implemented successfully, social collaboration technologies connect people to other people, both within an enterprise and externally across enterprises. When people get connected digitally, it strengthens the relationships those people have with each other. And it increases the productivity of those people relative to the business transactions they are conducting.
I recently published my trend report Social Business Trends to Watch in 2014. The report provides an overview of Social Business and what sub-trends to watch in 2014.
Below I’ve provided you a list of 10 articles that I thought you might be interested in
We are fast-approaching a new era of computing called cognitive computing. Cognitive computing systems will learn, interact and adapt naturally to support consumers, knowledge workers and business decision makers. This new computing era is not an incremental change. It will disrupt industries and how work gets performed within those industries. It signifies a fundamental shift in how machines interact with us and the environment.
I recently published my trend report Cognitive Computing Trends to Watch in 2014. The report provides an overview of Cognitive Computing and what to watch in 2014 in related topics like IBM Watson, Artificial Intelligence, and Smart Machines. In the deck, I provide important trends and predictions about Cognitive Computing trends in 2014.
Below I’ve provided you some articles on this trend that I thought you would want to read.
Leading-edge businesses are already embracing advanced analytics solutions and services that can help them identify their most profitable customers, accelerate product innovation, optimize supply chains and pricing, and identify the true drivers of financial performance. These leading-edge businesses will be successfully prepared for the cognitive systems era.
I recently published my trend report Business Analytics: Trends to Watch in 2014 out on slideshare. The report provides an overview of Big data and what to watch in 2014. Below I’ve provided you some articles on this trend that I thought you would want to read.