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.

 

Friday Gadget: Concepts for Future Glass Display Applications

I took a few weeks off from Friday Gadget posts as I was on my spring break with my family.  This week I am back with a post the future of displays.

The post today features a concept video from Corning Glass that is actually a couple of years old.  The video is a montage from its “A Day Made of Glass” series of videos that they created in 2011 and 2012.   Even though the video montage I am sharing below was made a couple of years ago, it is very, very relevant today.  The video provides us with a fantastic view of the potential futures of applications that involve glass displays.    Even if you have seen the videos, its worth another look. 

The video was produced to share Corning’s vision on how glass will help create a more connected, collaborative, and interactive world.  The video features a family of four going about a “normal day,” aided by glass-pane tablets and touchscreen walls. But the latest video reveals an even broader view of the role specialty glass could play in the “near future,” reaching out of the home and into hospitals, schools, even parks.

The video is embedded below and is 5 minutes in length.  I guarantee it is worth the time.  It will really get you thinking about how we might interact with information in the future.  As you watch the video, think about the emerging “3rd” computing platform that is made up of technologies like big data, analytics, data visualization, cloud computing, social business, mobile computing, wearables, internet of things, cognitive computing, and human computer interaction.  The video does a great job of showing how all those technologies, when fully integrated into solutions and services, can make a significant impact in our lives.

Corning is, of course, very much focused on selling the future of glass.  Their stated vision is “Interactive glass surfaces, seamless delivery of real-time information, and technologies that enrich your life”.  The company creates and makes specialty glasses that are critical components within the concept products shown in the videos.   The vivid displays, durable touch surfaces, or instant, real-time communications shown in the videos, each require some form of specialty glass.   Learn more about Corning’s innovations in glass.

Top 18 Trends in Application Software Development for 2014

Note:  The following blog was published in March of 2014.  If you are looking for my 2015 tech trends reports head on over to the post: 2015 Trend Reports Are Now Available

 

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. IoT & Embedded Systems: Demand for skilled developers who can develop sense and respond systems and other IoT-based solutions increases.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Application Containers: The next big thing is containerizing and virtualizing the application, not just the machine. Watch companies include Docker and ZeroVM.
  9. 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.
  10. Open Trend Continues: Open Source, Open Standards, OpenStack, OpenFlow, Open Compute, and Open Data.
  11. 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.
  12. Hack Days: Becoming more popular as a way to develop innovative new software and features within a tight deadline.
  13. Hadoop: The Hadoop ecosystem is maturing. Expect a whole new set of real-time analysis capabilities.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Application Performance Management: Vendors and their customers increasingly scrambling to address and control under-performing application environments.
  17. 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.
  18. Skills in Demand: Developers who have deep cloud, mobile, big data/analytics and security development skills will be increasingly in demand . Programming skills valued include: 1. Java / Javascript , 2. C# / ASP.NET, 3. C++, 4. Python, 5. PHP, 6. SQL / MySQL, 7. HTML5 / CSS3, 8. Ruby on Rails, 9. Hadoop, 10. iOS / Android (source: Cybercoders).

 

Social Business Trends and Prediction Articles for 2014

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

Source Title
AIIM 2014: The Year Collaboration Goes Social through People
Altimeter Group 2014 Trends: Organizing Around the Social Customer
MindlinkSoft What’s next for business collaboration? Six Trends emerging in 2014
Colligo  Top 5 Mobile Collaboration Predictions For 2014
Altimeter Group Infographic: State of Social Business 2013 and Outlook for 2014
NMK Workplace collaboration technology to mature in 2014
Clara Shih (hearsay Social) Big Idea 2014: Social Business Grows Up
Forbes 2014:  The Year Social HR Matters
Jim Whitehurst Big Idea 2014: Collaborative Innovation Shaping and Changing Our World
View Do Labs Enterprise Social 2014 Predictions

You can download my report via slideshare.

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

 

Cloud Computing Trend and Prediction Articles for 2014

In 2014, enterprise decision makers will no longer debate whether cloud services are reliable or secure enough to handle their corporate needs and will aggressively pursue strategic cloud initiatives that will transform the way they operate to better compete in an increasingly challenging business environment. Security and data governance issues will continue to be the major barrier to cloud adoption/implementation.

I recently published my trend report Cloud Computing Trends To Watch In 2014 on slideshare.  The report provides an overview of Cloud 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 Cloud Computing Predictions for 2014
Data Center Knowledge Coming in 2014: Cloud Sprawl, Personal Clouds and More
Network World Hybrid cloud: The year of adoption is upon us
Paranet A Cloudy Forecast for Cloud Computing in 2014
PerspecSys Cloud Security – 5 Predictions of What We’ll See in 2014
GigaOM Three emerging cloud computing trends for 2014
Cloud Computing Intelligence Verizon’s predictions for the cloud in 2014
Cloud Velocity AWS Will Enter the Hybrid Cloud Market
Cloud Passage 5 Cloud Predictions for 2014
Hitachi Data Systems Trend 3: Greater Adoption of Private cloud

 

Enterprise IT Security Trends and Prediction Articles for 2014

Security is one of those long term trends that just continues to grow in importance and size. Information security professionals face the challenge of detecting an ever increasing number of threats.

Consumerization, social, mobile, cloud, big data and IoT are all contributing an increased risk of security and data breaches . The data center is more vulnerable than ever. New threats emerge daily and even hourly and we hear reports of major attacks daily on the nightly news.

I recently published my trend report Enterprise IT Security Trends To Watch In 2014 out on slideshare.  This  trend report provides an overview of Enterprise Information Technology 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
Channel Pro Cybersecurity: The landscape in 2014
Trusteer The Most Dangerous Malware Trends for 2014
Information Age 8 cyber security predictions for 2014
ZDNet Cybersecurity in 2014: A roundup of predictions
PCWorld Security prediction for 2014: It will get worse
PerspecSys Cloud Security – 5 Predictions of What We’ll See in 2014
Enterprise Networking Planet 5 Network Security Predictions for 2014
Real Business 14 IT security predictions for 2014
Info Security Top 13 Cyber Security predictions for 2014…
Cisco Our Unofficial Top Ten Cyber Trends for 2014

 

SteadyServ’s iKeg™ Solution: Leveraging The Third Computing Platform

SteadyServ iKegThe collection of IoT (Internet of Things), Mobile, Cloud, Social, and Data Analytics trends are enabling a whole new era of intelligent solutions for businesses of all sizes.   IDC calls this the Third Platform and Gartner calls it the Nexus of Forces.  Whatever you want to call it, we are experiencing a historical transformation in the computing platform for businesses.  Solution providers must accelerate their ability to develop solutions that leverage these collection of trends.

For an example of a Solution Provider leveraging this new computing platform, have a look at SteadyServ Technologies.  SteadyServ has just launched the iKeg™, a mobile SaaS-based (software as a service) inventory management solution, for the beer industry.   According to  SteadyServ CEO and co-founder Steve Hershberger, “beer sold in retail establishments accounts for a $21bn industry, yet the industry still relies on the inaccurate process of ‘shaking the keg’ – the same method used since the inception of the product.”  SteadyServ has set out to automate beer inventory management.

At the heart of their new solution is a sensor that easily attaches to the bottom of a beer keg.  That sensor can tell a beer distributor or a tavern owner, in real time, exactly how many kegs are in the cooler and how much beer is left in each keg. 

The iKeg™ system actually consists of three parts – the hardware, software and a mobile app.  The hardware combines the aforementioned removable sensor ring and a RFID tag.  Once the RFID tag is scanned, the cloud-based software receives the data from the sensor, tracking how much beer remains, type of beer, age and when it was delivered.  Analytics in the iKeg™ solution measures and reports the real-time inventory of draft kegs, which is all accessible via a mobile app. 

The iKeg™ mobile app allows you to send customizable automatic social alerts to Facebook and Twitter every time a new beer goes on tap. It also provides a number of fully-integrated tools to help promote your establishment, special event or a unique beer that you might want to highlight. Have a look at the mobile app in the video below.

SteadyServ’s new iKeg Mobile App

Pretty neat, isn’t it?

The iKeg™ solution also automates the order and fulfillment process for the entire inventory of draft, bottled and canned beers.   All this information is then tallied with the stock, the next delivery date, previous order information, event information, and past and future beer consumption trends.  In addition, the iKeg™ solution uses advanced machine-to-machine communication technologies to ensure that the system is secure, reliable and highly scalable.  

It seems to me SteadyServ has a bright future ahead.  It’s a perfect example of an innovative solution provider leveraging the IoT (Internet of Things), Mobile, Cloud, Social, and Data Analytics trends.   I see the a whole new era of similar cloud-based solutions that will be developed and implemented as part of this new computing platform.

For more on iKeg™ or SteadyServ, check out their website at http://www.steadyserv.com.  You can also follow SteadyServ on Twitter at @steadyserv or via the hashtag #ikeg.

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

Cloud Computing: A 2013 HorizonWatching Trend Report

I’ve embedded my Cloud Computing: A 2013 HorizonWatching Trend Report from Slideshare below.  This HorizonWatching Trend Report provides an overview on the Cloud Computing trend and what to watch out for in 2013. Summary information about the Cloud Computing trend is provided along with many links to additional resources.

The cloud computing ‘buzz’ and “hype” is subsiding and there is focus now on how to leverage the technology for business value.  The three main types of clouds are private, public, and hybrid.  All three of these types of clouds are expected to grow significantly in 2013 as enterprises move from experimentation to implementing application solutions.  2013 will bring continued growth in all types of public, private and hybrid clouds.

Trends for Cloud Computing in 2013

  1. Growth:  Growth continues across the board in public, private, and hybrid clouds as benefits are too good to pass up.
  2. Private Clouds: The hype is over. Expect deployments to increase significantly in 2013.
  3. Hybrid Clouds:  Security and outages of public clouds drives demand.
  4. Public Clouds:  Competitors wishing to compete against Amazon in IaaS market must differentiate their services somehow.
  5. Mobile Clouds:  A whole new generation of cloud apps designed for mobile work force.
  6. Local Clouds:  Some clouds need to be managed at the local level in country (e.g. Finance & HR).
  7. Cloud Integration and Management:  IT shops will need help integrating and managing the growing number of Clouds used throughout the enterprise.
  8. Cloud Security:   IT departments need to stay on top of this.  Expect the market for Cloud Security Services to grow thanks in part to growth of BYO devices and apps. 
  9. Demand for Skills:  According to an IDC study, the demand for cloud computing will grow at six times the rate of IT skills overall.
  10. Impact on Role of CIO and IT Staff:  CIOs  need to secure, manage, and govern cloud services.  Gartner sees a new role – Cloud Brokerage Services.

Cloud Computing: A 2013 HorizonWatching Trend Report

35 Trend and Prediction Lists for Cloud Computing in 2013

Cloud Smarter Planet Logo The last couple of days I have started sharing with you trends and predictions lists.  I’ve already posted “101 Technology Trends and Predictions Lists for 2013” and  “13 Virtualization Trends and Prediction Lists for 2013 “.  Today I share with you a list of articles and blog posts that contain predictions and top trends related to Cloud Computing.

The Cloud Computing term came on the scene back in 2008 and has been hot ever since.  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 infrastructures and the software/hardware licensing models that come with that traditional infrastructure.  Benefits include reduced costs, improved service delivery and agility to enable innovation.   It offers new opportunities, especially for new start-up competitors.

There are lots of people predicting what is going to happen in cloud computing, which is an indication it is still a big buzzword in the industry.  The list below is certainly not all the Cloud Computing trend lists that are out there, but there are enough for you to get feel for what 2013 might hold for Cloud Computing.

Source Title of Article or Post
Business 2 Community Top 5 Cloud Predictions For 2013
Cisco Six Predictions for Cloud Collaboration in 2013
Cloud Times Forrester – Cloud Predictions for 2013
ComputerWorld.in 2013: Year of the Hybrid Cloud
ComputerWorldUK 10 cloud predictions for 2013
CTO.Vmware.com 2013 Predictions: Open Cloud Standards
DataCenter Knowledge 2013: The Year of the Cloud Architect
DataCenter Knowledge A Crystal Ball on the Cloud: Predictions for 2013
Forbes 7 ‘Half-Baked Ideas’ on Where Cloud Will Take Us in 2013 and Beyond
Forbes First Steps to Creating a Cloud Computing Strategy for 2013
Forbes Cloudy Skies Ahead: 3 Cloud Computing Predictions for 2013
Forrester 2013 Cloud Predictions – We’ll finally get real about cloud
Gartner Gartner Says Worldwide Platform as a Service Revenue Is on Pace to Reach $1.2 Billion
Gartner Gartner 2013 Sfotware as a Service Predictions
IDC By 2016, Cloud Services will Become an Everyday Sourcing Option for CIOs and LOB Managers, Says IDC
IDC U.S. Public IT Cloud Services Revenue Projected to Reach $43.2 Billion in 2016, According to IDC
InfoWorld Cloud Computing in 2013: Two Warnings
Liaison Technologies Liaison Forecasts Top Cloud, Integration, and Managed Services Predictions for 2013
MSPmentor.net Mobility and Hybrid Clouds Top Tech Trends in 2013
Network World 2013: Year of the hybrid cloud
Network World 10 Cloud Predictions for 2013
Rackspace Cloud Predictions For 2013
RedHat The Red Hat 2013 Cloud Computing Predictions
SAP 2013 Cloud Predictions [Feature]
sourcedigit.com Data Center & Cloud Computing Trends 2013 & Beyond
ThreeWill Predictions – Personal Cloud
VentureBeat The top 10 trends in enterprise cloud for 2013
VentureBeat 5 Enterprise Cloud Predictions for 2013
Venturebeat.com The top 10 trends in enterprise cloud for 2013
Venturebeat.com How the cloud will evolve beyond ‘cheap and deep’ in 2013
VMBlog.com Rackspace: Five Cloud Predictions For 2013
VMBlog.com VirtualSharp Software 2013 Predictions: What’s Next in the Cloud Era
VMBlog.com 2013 Cloud Computing Predictions from the CohesiveFT Team
VMBlog.com SaaS Markets Prediction: SaaS App Marketplace Poised for Explosive Growth in 2013

Tomorrow (yes, I know it’s Saturday) I will post my list of trends and prediction articles that I have collected around the Social Media / Social Business topic.

Virtualization Resources: IBM Websites, Social Sites, and White Papers

Virtualization is not a new trend (it’s been around in concept since the 1960’s), but it’s an important trend because it is a key enabling technology to implement cloud computing

VirtualizationVirtualization can be simply defined as the consolidation of numerous IT systems (hardware and software elements) on a virtual platform.  Virtualization can help IT leaders increase utilization rates while simplifying management of IT resources.   For business leaders, virtualization can improve business agility by better meeting shifting business demands on IT.   Ultimately, virtualization can save a company time, resources and money.   In a nutshell, it makes your IT infrastructure more agile and nimble to meet constantly changing business demand.  Who wouldn’t want that?

Because virtualization remains an important enabling technology trend, I thought I’d provide readers of this some links to IBM’s most current reports, websites, and social accounts related to the virtualization trend.  For me, it’s nice to have all this in one place.   The reports and sites below are all hotlinked.  If you see something that is missing, let me know and I will revise this post.

IBM Virtualization Websites

IBM Social Sites for Virtualization

Other IBM Virtualization Resources