Business Analytics Trends and Prediction Articles for 2014

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.

Source Title
B2C Business 2 Community 2014 – The Year of Predictive Analytics for SMBs
Information Week IT Must Deliver Visual, Mobile-Friendly Data Analytics
Enterprise Apps Today Top Business Intelligence Trends For 2014
Heather Hiles (Pathbrite) Big Idea 2014: Move Over, Big Data—It’s Time for Personal Analytics
Forbes Five Business Intelligence Predicitons for 2014
Cloud times Predictive Analytics is the Next Growing Sector in Big Data Market
International Institute for Analytics Forecasting the Future of Analytics: 2014 Edition
IIIA (IIA) Announces Nine Analytics Predictions for 2014
Information Management 11 Data Visualization Experts You Should Follow on Twitter
Revolution Analytics 14 Analytics Predictions for 2014


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 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


Information Technology Trends and Prediction Articles for 2014

The information technology industry is already heading into a period of amazing transformation. Trends such as cloud computing, mobile, social business, big data and analytics are the enabling technologies that are part of a new computing platform…a platform that all business must get on quickly. This means leaving legacy applications behind and quickly adopting new applications that are built on the new enabling technologies. A critical requirement is that this new platform must be built and designed from the ground up with enterprise wide security in mind.

Other new technologies that are quickly coming into play include Internet of Things, Cognitive Computing, and Digital Services. All of this flurry of activity requires a new breed of application software developer who can leverage all the new technologies and build that computing platform that will allow companies to survive….and thrive into a future that is digital.

I recently published my trend report Information Technology Trends to Watch in 2014 out on slideshare.  Below I’ve provided you some articles on this trend that I thought you would want to read.

Source Title
Forbes Top VCs Predict Where They’ll Invest Their Money In 2014
DigiTimes 10 technology predictions for 2014 Top B2B Tech Trends for 2014
Customer THINK Top B2B Tech Trends for 2014
Tech Cocktail Big Trends to Look for at 2014 CES
TechnoBuffalo Top tech trends in 2014 (video)
Two Thirds Done 10 Predictions for the Computer Industry for 2014
Appirio The Coming Disruption: 2014 Technology Predictions
CMSWire Forrester: Top Tech Trends Say Hold onto Your Virtual Hat
Market Watch Top tech trends in 2014 and what they mean to investors (slideshow)
HuffingtonPost 4 Big Trends in 2014 — Social/Mobile/Data in the Cloud


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 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 2013 Mobile Predictions
Sense Networks Sense Networks Reveals Mobile Marketing Predictions for 2013 Top 10 wireless predictions for 2013
The Smart Van 5 Mobile Tech Predictions for Field Service in 2013 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

31 Trend and Prediction Lists for Social Business in 2013

Social Business If you’ve been following this blog the last week, you know I am in the process of sharing back to you lists of trends and predictions I have uncovered while doing research on the top Technology trends for 2013.  I’ve inventoried over 500 different articles that discuss trends and predictions that might happen in 2013 related Technology.

Today I am providing you a list of 31 articles and blog posts that all discuss what trends to watch out for in the area of Social Business.  Included are articles on Social Media Marketing, Social CRM, and Internal vs. External Social Computing.  The Social trend is one of the major trends that is happening in enterprise businesses today.  It grew out of the Web 2.0 trend a few years ago and is a new way of doing business.  The important implication for business and IT leaders is that new business processes and skills are required.  And another thing….don’t underestimate the effort it requires to use social computing technologies.  It can be a large undertaking for a business to transform itself to a ‘social business’. 

So below you will find the list of articles and blog posts on the Social trend topic.  Come back over the next 10 days and you will find other related lists….

Source Title of Article / Blog Post
Brafton Social commerce: The real trend of 2013
Business Expo Center Creating a Social Business: Trends to Follow in 2013
Business2Community Seven Social Media Trends for 2013
Business2Community 2013 Blueprints: Social Media Marketing
Business2Community 14 Experts Predict 2013 Social Media Trends for Small Business Corporate Social Media Marketing Strategy Checklist for 2013
CMSWire Social Business in 2013: A Challenge, An Opportunity, A Commitment
CMSWire 2013 Predictions: The Changing Needs of the Mobile, Social Business
CMSWire 2013 Prediction: Social Business Tech will Stop Blaming Culture for Failure
Dallas Business Journal 5 tips for setting social media strategy in 2013
Digitas Distillery Five Days of Digitas Predictions (for 2013): Social Higher growth, greater spends on social in 2013
Fast Company The Can’t-Miss Social Media Trends For 2013
Forbes Social Business: 5 Trends To Watch For 2013 And Beyond
Forbes Roundup of CRM Forecasts and Market Estimates, 2012
Forbes The 2013 Social Business Marketing Manifesto
Forbes Social Business: 5 Trends To Watch For 2013 And Beyond
Fresh Business Thinking Social Business Predictions For 2013
Gartner Gartner Outlines Six Best Practices for Moving to a Culture of Extreme Collaboration
HuffingtonPost Secrets to Success for Social Media in Business in 2013
IDC A Pivotal Year For Social Media In The Enterprise: ROI Drives Changes Across All Areas Of Social, Says IDC
PitchonNet Social Media: Trends Forecast for 2013
RealBusiness A look at social business in 2013
ResourceNation Top 10 Social Business Advances of 2012
Social Media Examiner 21 Social Media Predictions for 2013 from the Pros
Social Media Today Where Businesses Meet Social Media – Predictions for 2013
SocialMedia Today My Social Media Predictions for 2013
SocialMedia Today 5 Inbound and Social Media Predictions For 2013
Telligent Social business predictions for 2013
Tibbr 16 Enterprise Social Networking Predictions for 2013
VentureBeat How to take control of your company’s social destiny in 2013

Come back to this blog in the coming days and weeks for more insights on the important trends in technology.

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 2013: Year of the Hybrid Cloud
ComputerWorldUK 10 cloud predictions for 2013 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 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] 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 The top 10 trends in enterprise cloud for 2013 How the cloud will evolve beyond ‘cheap and deep’ in 2013 Rackspace: Five Cloud Predictions For 2013 VirtualSharp Software 2013 Predictions: What’s Next in the Cloud Era 2013 Cloud Computing Predictions from the CohesiveFT Team 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.

13 Virtualization Trends and Prediction Lists for 2013

Virtualization-2 As mentioned yesterday in my blog post “101 Technology Trends and Predictions Lists for 2013”, I have been researching top trends and prediction lists as part of my research to understand the top technology trends.  

Virtualization has been around for many years, but has just recently taken off.  Virtualization helps drive more business value from an IT infrastructure. By decoupling logical resources from physical assets, virtualization enables businesses to be more agile, allowing them to changing business conditions or changing business strategies. Most large enterprises have already successfully virtualized 20-30% of their servers and are now ready to push virtualization technology further in 2013 into other areas, including storage, network, desktops, and applications.

Today I am playing back to you the trends and prediction lists I have found and inventoried relating to Virtualization technology.  The list is certainly not all the Virtualization trend lists that are out there, but if you check out these posts, you should have a good feel for the state of adoption of virtualization technologies going into 2013.

Source Title of Article/Blog Post
DiscoPosse 2013 Predictions in Virtualizaiton and Server Technology
Midokura Midokura Predicts IT, Network Virtualization and SDN Trends for 2013
RedHat The Red Hat Take on Virtualizaiton Trends for 2013
Search Server Virtualization Server virtualization trends and predictions to watch for in 2013
Search VMWare Expect more SMB virtualization and hypervisor choices in 2013
Virtual Bridges Blog VDI Predictions for 2013: The Changing Face of VDI
Virtualization Journal Technology expert predicts cloud, virtualization to be big in 2013
Virtualization Journal 2013 Predictions: Private Cloud Is Really “Cloud-Washed Virtualization” Netop 2013 Predictions: Link Globally, Secure Locally Veeam 2013 Predictions: Hypervisor Coexistence and Enterprise Capabilities in the SMB VMware Predictions for 2013: Expect Even More Change Ahead Tegile Systems 2013 Prediction: Cloud Computing’s Impact on Virtualization Symantec 2013 Virtualization and Cloud Predictions: Innovation Out of Necessity

Tomorrow I will provide the trends and prediction lists I’ve found relating to Cloud Computing.

101 Technology Trends and Predictions Lists for 2013

First of all, Happy New Year to all of you who follow my research blog here.  I’ve been blogging since 2006 about emerging technology trends and I look forward to sharing more of my research, thoughts, and observations with you in 2013.  Thanks for visiting. 

HorizonWatching 2013 Technology Trends - PictureAs I do every year, I’ve been ‘surfing the net’ as part of my process to research technology trends.   I do this in order to come up with my own list of the important tech trends to watch…which I will be publishing in a few weeks.  

If you have been following my blog posts here the past month, you know I have been sharing my research notes and observations along the way.   So today I am providing you a list of 101 articles, posts, and documents I have collected and inventoried as part of my research the past few months.  All these lists all have one thing in common:  They are collections of Technology Trends and Predictions Lists for 2013.   All the articles below are hotlinked, so you should be able to just click on the link and go to the trend list. 

Like I said, I will be publishing my own list in a few weeks, so stay tuned!!


Trend List Source Title
Adaptiva 3 Enterprise IT Predictions for 2013
AMEinfo Top 5 technology trends for Middle East businesses in 2013
Avnet Video: My Top Three Technology Trends for 2013
Baseline Ten Tech Trends to Watch in 2013
Baseline Ten Tech Trends That Will Change IT in 2013
BCG Shaping the Future in an age of accelerating change
Beast TV Mark Anderson: Five Tech Predictions for 2013 20 Game-Changing Technology Trends That Will Create Both Disruption and Opportunity on a Global Level
Business Insider Ford’s Futurist Says These Massive Trends Will Define 2013
Business Insider The 6 ‘Gamechangers’ That Will Impact The Planet For Decades
CapGemini 7 IT Trends for 2013
CCS Insight CCS Insight: Top 12 predictions for 2013 and beyond
CEA 5 Technology Trends to Watch
CEA 5 Technology Trends to Watch (Press Release)
CenterBeam Five Enterprise Tech Trends for 2013: BYOD, VPNs, AaaS, Big Data and Business Intelligence
CIO (UK) Gartner reveals top predictions for 2013-2016
CIO Insight Top disruptive and emerging technology trends for 2013 7 Tech Trends That Will Impact Your Business in 2013 Business analytics, M2M spell opportunity in 2013: IDC
CMO.Com 13 Small Business Marketing Trends To Watch In 2013 Tech trends for 2013: Five things to watch
Cognizant Six Technology Trends to Watch
Cognizant Six Technology Trends to Watch – PDF File
CPA Practice Advisor Tech Predictions for 2013 My IT Crystal Ball End User Computing 2013 Predictions Disruptive technologies making inroads into the enterprise
DataCenter Knowledge 2013: The Year IT Becomes Invisible
Deloitte TMT Predictions 2013
Design Mind 20 Tech Trends for 2013
Disinformation Ten Top Futurist Predictions For 2013 and Beyond
ECNmag Roundtable: Predictions for 2013
Enterprise Systems Top Technology Trends for 2013
Enterprise Systems Enterprise IT: 2012 Trends and Predictions for 2013
Enterprise Systems Top Technology Trends for 2013
Enterprise Systems 4 Data Center Predictions for 2013
Ericsson 10 hot consumer trends for 2013
Forbes Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2013
Forbes The Top 10 Strategic CIO Issues For 2013
Forbes 10 Tech Predictions For 2013: Apple TVs, Win 8 Flop And More
Forbes Tech Guru Mark Anderson’s Top 10 Predictions For 2013
Forbes What Will The Top Tech Trends Be In 2013?
Forbes Woz, The Great And Powerful: His IT Forecasts For 2013
Forbes 10 E-commerce Predictions For 2013
Forbes Technologies Of The Future: 5 Trends To Watch For 2013
Frost & Sullivan The consolidation of IT becomes apparent in 2013
F-Secure Top 7 Predictions for 2013 (if the Internet As We Know It Still Exists)
Gartner Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013
Gartner Gartner Identifies Four Futures for IT and CIOs
Gartner Gartner Reveals Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users for 2013 and Beyond
Gartner Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013
Gartner Gartner Says Nexus of Forces Demands a Fundamental, but Necessary, Shift in Perspective
Gartner Gartner Says Worldwide Enterprise IT Spending is Forecast to Grow 2.5 Percent in 2013
GigaOM Printers are for toys, not newspapers: 20 predictions for 2013 Identifies Top Tech Trends for 2013 in Honor of National Techies Day
HealthSpot Daily 2013 predictions from Intel, JP Morgan, McDonalds, Qualcomm
HuffingtonPost Eight Business Trends to Watch Out For in 2013
Icreon Tech Icreon Tech Predicts Top 10 Technology Trends for 2013
IDC IDC Releases Market Predictions for 2013: CIO Agenda
IDC IDC Predicts 2013 Will Be Dominated by Mobile and Cloud Developments and 3rd Platform
IEEE IEEE Computer Society Announces 13 Technology Trends for 2013
iMedia Connection 16 surprising predictions for 2013
Inc. Biggest Tech Trends in 2012
InformationWeek 7 SMB Technology Predictions For 2013
International Business Times Seven Key Tech Trends for Businesses in 2013
ISACA ISACA Issues Guidance on Top 2013 Trends
IT briefcase Top 10 IT predictions for 2013
IT Business Edge Gartner’s Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users for 2013 and Beyond
IT Jungle IT Spending To Increase In 2013, World Ascends To The Third Platform
Mashable 11 Big Tech Trends You’ll See in 2013
Mashable Top 25 Tech of 2012
Mass Relevance 9 Industry Analysts Every Marketer Should Follow In 2013
MediaPost Online Video: Predictions For 2013
MSN Money Technology predictions for 2013
National Intelligence Council Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds
NFB.CA 10 technologies that could revolutionize film
O’Reilly Radar 14 big trends to watch in 2013
Popular Mechanics 110 Predictions For the Next 110 Years
Psfk Experts Predict Top Trends for 2013
Quora What will be the top tech trends in 2013?
Read/Write Enterprise Six Tech Trends That Will Rock Enterprise IT in 2013 Six Tech Trends That Will Rock Enterprise IT In 2013
Real Story Group Twelve Predictions for 2013
RealWire Top five IT trends for 2013
Serena Software Serena Software Delivers Predictions for 2013
Social Media Today Top Business Technology Trend Predictions for 2013
Strategic News Services Mark Anderson – Five Tech Forecasts for 2013
Techatlast 10 Technology Trends to Expect in 2013
The Economist A top ten for business leaders
The Economist The World in 2013
The Futurist Top 10 Forecasts for 2013 and Beyond
The Times of India IT delivery in 2013: 6 likely trends What’s hot for 2013
The Washington Post Tech Trends to Watch in 2013
University of Akron News UA experts offer predictions for 2013
VentureBeat Big tech trends for 2013 (video)
Virtualization Journal The Top 10, Top 10 2013 Predictions
Virtualization Journal Cloud Computing and Big Data in 2013: What’s Coming Next?
Webbed Eye Top 5 Trends for Information Technology in 2013
ZDNet Ten Strategic CIO priorities for 2013
ZDNet ZDNet’s tech predictions for 2013

Yankee Research: 2013 Mobile Predictions

Yankee I attended the Yankee Research annual 2013 Mobile Predictions webinar yesterday.   Four analysts presented a total of ten predictions during the webinar.  The overall message was that the mobile ecosystem, which includes devices, applications, networks, mobile transactions, etc., will continues to grow in 2013.  There is an ever-increasing global consumer and business demand for mobile capabilities and the providers in the mobile ecosystem are all trying to meet that demand.  The market is by no means mature so there is lots of disruption as providers try to deliver products and services that are valued in the marketplace. 

The following four mobile industry experts from Yankee Research provided their thoughts on the top ten predictions for 2013

1.  Operators will lose US$1 Billion per month in voice/messaging revenue in 2013.   Yankee says that changes in mobile offerings, customer behavior and the mobile industry in general will result in a significant drop in voice / messaging revenue.  However, Yankee says that fortunately the loss will be offset by a boost in data and that going forward, winners will be those providers that launch their own apps that focus on data streams.

2. By year end, all mobile operators will be either “digital lifestyle solution providers” or a “digital value bit ‘mover’ providers”.  Both strategies are valid but ruled by different dynamics and Yankee believes that providers must pick one or the other strategy.  For Digital Lifestyle, the market will start segmenting as providers offer mobile solutions for different types of people who have different needs.   Winners will be big global players and startups that develop creative approaches to generating incremental revenue.  Losers will be those providers that don’t realize that they need to act now to carve out new business units.  Also, operators that kill margins with high marketing and device subsidy costs will be on the loosing end.

3.Small cells will stumble.   2014 will be a better year than 2013 for small cell providers.  Tariffs influencing end-users to avoid mobile broadband for video will strip much of the economic rationale for extensive small cell deployment in the near term, calling into question expectations for rapid market uptake.   Suppliers need to expand their focus on standards.  Operators should continue to experiment with small cells.   Winners will be large scale firms that can handle both macro and micro offerings like Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawai and Nokia Siemens Networks.  Losers will be smaller firms like Pure Wave and ip.access

4.  At least one operator will launch turbo-boosting service in 2013.  Data and analytics will drive new offerings.  As more operators look to real time analytics tied to network data to speed the creation, delivery and monetization of unique product and service bundles, they will begin to learn from customer expectations and be able to track monitor and respond to any change.  As a result they will embark on new services, such as turbo-boosting, enabled by insight drawn from the advanced analytics.   Winners will be vendor who can enable real-time data analytics like Nokia Siemens Networks, Openet, Medio Systems, Amdocs, AT&T, Verizon and Orange.   Losers will be firms like Teradata, Oracle and SAP who don’t have real-time analytics capability

5.  By year end Google will start subsidizing Mobile Payments Credit/Debit Transaction Fees.    Expect some shifts in the mobile payments industry in 2013 as Google enters the mix with it’s strong advertising capabilities.  In 2013, Google needs to find ways to entice merchants to accept its mobile wallet solution.  Paying merchant transaction fees (from it’s advertising revenue stream) could prove to be very persuasive.   If this does happen, it will disrupt the current payment ecosystem.  Winners will be Google.   Losers will be current providers PayPal, LevelUp, Square and Isis who can not scale up.

6.  A cloud based mobile payment system will see a significant data breach in 2013.   Criminals are waiting in the wings waiting for the right opportunity to exploit mobile.  So far attacks have been muted only due to the lack of scale.  Yankee sees a perfect storm in 2013 caused by ubiquitous Smartphone usage, 24×7 connected devices and consumer naiveté.  Yankee predicts at least one of the major mobile payment schemes will fall prey to a successful hack.  Yankee says the victim will most likely be a cloud player since it presents criminals with them most lucrative risk/reward ratio.   Winners will be the criminals (at least in the short term).  Losers will be the consumers, merchants, and the payments industry overall.  Consumer education will be key to overcome this threat.

7.  More than 50% of Companies look to the cloud for their mobile app developments.  Cloud continues to be an important trend.  Yankee says that demand side pressures and supply-side innovations are accelerating enterprise deployments of mobile applications in the cloud.  Next year, Yankee expects the majority of enterprises will be deploying their applications using software as a service (SaaS) as opposed to on-premise software.  Winners will be companies with mobile strategies in place, cloud app providers, and mobile cloud platform providers and developers.   Losers will be enterprises and vendors without a cloud strategy.

8.  Microsoft Windows store will abandon 70-30 split and registration fees in 2013.  In 2013, competition between the app storefronts will turn red hot and Yankee expects Microsoft will be a big player.  Yankee says Microsoft will entice developers to its store by breaking with the standard app store-to-developer business terms.   Winner will be MS, Losers could be Google and independent app stores. 

9.  2013 will mark the first year that Android Smartphone market share will decline in the U.S.   Stronger competition from Apple, MS, and even RIM will result in pressure on the Android market including devices and developers.  Yankee says growth in the Android marketplace will slow and even decline in 2013.  Winners will be Apple & MS.  Losers will be those in the Android ecosystem.

10.  In 2013 M2M Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)s will feel the squeeze as operators get serious about machine to machine (M2M) market.  As Tier 1 operators ratchet up their attention on M2M networks to help drive new revenue, specialist MVNOs will feel the heat as they evolve from friend into foe.  Expect some smaller MVNOs to be acquired.   Winners will be the larger scale firms like AT&T, Verizon, Deutsche Telkom, Sprint, Orange, Vodafone, China Mobile and Telefonica.  Losers will be the smaller upstarts like Aeris Communications, CrossBridge Solutions, M2M DataSmart, Numerex, Wyless and Kore Telematics

A more detailed report is  be available from Yankee Research.  Registration for the report is at  I’d also recommend checking out the Yankee Research blog at for mobile ecosystem insights and news.

Schedule of 2013 I.T. Analyst Technology Trend Webinars

I’m well into my research phase for developing my annual trend reports for 2013.  One place I go every year for validation of the trends I am seeing are the various analyst trend webinars that happen in December and January every year.  I’ve inventoried the major ones I thought you all might be interested in and thought I would provide that inventory here for you via a blog post.

The title of the webinars are linked so you can just click on the ones you want to register.  These should all be free webinars, but you may need to register on the website if you have not done that already.


Gartner: Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle: What’s Hot for 2013 NOV 29, 2012 10am or 1pm ET

Frost & Sullivan: Analyst Briefing: SaaS – Where are Companies Spending and Why? NOV 29, 2012 1pm ET

IDC: Predictions 2013: Competing on the 3rd Platform NOV 29, 2012 12PM ET


IDC: Insights Predictions 2013: Cross-Industry Overview DEC 3, 2012 | 11:00 AM ET

IDC: Insights Predictions 2013: CIO Agenda DEC 3, 2012 | 2:00 PM ET

IDC: Insights Predictions 2013: CIO Agenda DEC 3, 2012 | 2:00 PM ET

Gartner: Collaboration, Content and Social: Planning for 2013 DEC 4, 2012 – 9AM ET or 12PM ET

Gartner: 2013 IT Cost Optimization: Strategy, Best Practices and Risks DEC 4, 2012 – 10AM ET or 1PM ET

IDC: Health Insights Predictions 2013: Health DEC 4, 2012 | 11:00 AM ET

Gartner: Bring Your Own Device: Mobile Trends and Securing the Transition DEC 4, 2012 – 11AM ET

IDC: Government Insights Predictions 2013: Government DEC 4, 2012 | 2:00 PM ET

IDC: Energy Insights Predictions 2013: Oil & Gas DEC 5, 2012 | 11:00 AM ET

IDC: Energy Insights Predictions 2013: Utilities DEC 5, 2012 | 2:00 PM ET

Gartner: Cloud Computing Changes the Vendor Landscape DEC 6. 2012 – 10AM ET or 1PM ET

SAP: Mobile Trends 2013 and Beyond: Intensifying in the Mainstream 06DEC – 11am ET

IDC: Retail Insights Predictions 2013: Retail DEC 6, 2012 | 11:00 AM ET

IDC: The Future of Customer Care Services: Social, Mobile and Virtual 2012 DEC 6, 2012 | 12:00 PM ET

IDC: Manufacturing Insights Predictions 2013: Manufacturing DEC 6, 2012 | 2:00 PM ET

Frost & Sullivan: clip_image0012013 Unified Communication and Collaboration Market Trends and Predictions 06DEC – 3pm ET

IDC: Financial Insights Predictions 2013: Financial Services DEC 11, 2012 | 11:00 AM ET

IDC: Manufacturing Insights Predictions 2013: Smart Services and Aftermarket Strategies DEC 11, 2012 | 2:00 PM ET

Gartner: Technology Trends You Can’t Afford to Ignore DEC 11, 2012 – 9am ET or 12pm ET

Gartner: BI and Analytics Market Trends – 2020 Vision DEC 11, 2012 – 11am ET

IDC: Manufacturing Insights Predictions 2013: Supply Chain DEC 12, 2012 | 11:00 AM ET

IDC: Manufacturing Insights Predictions 2013: Product Lifecycle Strategies DEC 12, 2011 | 2:00 PM ET

IDC: Predictions 2013: Systems Infrastructure Software DEC 13, 2012 | 12:00PM ET

Gartner: Creating a Digital Edge to Drive Business Growth DEC 13, 2012 / 10AM ET

Gartner: Best Practices in Mobile Device Management DEC 18, 2012 – 9AM ET

IDC: Predictions 2013: The New Datacenter Dynamic DEC 18, 2012 | 12:00PM ET

Gartner: The Nexus of Forces Creates Market Opportunities in Vertical Industries DEC 18, 2012 – 11am ET

Gartner: Top Technology Predictions for 2013 and Beyond DEC 19, 2012 – 8am or 11am ET

Gartner: Bring Your Own Device Program Best Practices (BYOD) DEC 20, 2012 – 9am or 12pm ET

IDC: Predictions 2013: Security Products and Services DEC 20, 2012 | 12:00PM ET



IDC: 2013 Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Predictions: How Today’s new Customers are Forcing Rapid Transformation of the Marketing Function JAN 8, 2013 | 11:00 AM ET

IDC: Predictions 2013: Big Data JAN 8, 2013 | 12:00PM ET

IDC: 2013 Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Predictions: Securing the Expanding Walls of an Enterprise JAN 9, 2013 | 11:00 AM ET

IDC: 2013 Chief Risk Officier (CRO) Predictions: Surviving the Storm with Technology JAN 10, 2013 | 11:00 AM ET

IDC: Predictions 2013: Storage JAN 10, 2013 | 12:00PM ET REGISTRATION TO OPEN SHORTLY

IDC: 2013 Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Predictions: Emerging Issues Driven by the IT Financial Footprint JAN 10, 2013 | 2:00 PM ET

IDC: Predictions 2013: Telecom JAN 15, 2013 | 12:00PM ET REGISTRATION TO OPEN SHORTLY

IDC: Predictions 2013: Consumer Markets JAN 17, 2013 | 12:00PM ET REGISTRATION TO OPEN SHORTLY

IDC: Predictions 2013: Enabling Technologies/SemiconductorsJAN 22, 2013 | 12:00PM ET REGISTRATION TO OPEN SHORTLY

IDC: Predictions 2013: SMB – Impact of Changing Priorities, Preferences, Challenges JAN 24, 2013 | 12:00PM ET

IDC: Predictions 2013: Enterprise Communications and Datacenter Networking JAN 29, 2013 | 12:00PM ET REGISTRATION TO OPEN SHORTLY

IDC: Manufacturing Insights Predictions 2012: Manufacturing Operations Technologies JAN 30, 2013 | 10:00 AM ET

IDC: IDC Predictions 2013: The Next Frontier for Applications, AD&D and Software Business Strategies JAN 31, 2013 | 12:00PM ET



IDC: Predictions 2013: Worldwide Services FEB 5, 2013 | 12:00PM ET REGISTRATION TO OPEN SHORTLY

IDC: Predictions 2013: A Transformation in the Making for the 2013 Hardcopy Market FEB 7, 2013 | 12:00PM ET REGISTRATION TO OPEN SHORTLY

IDC: Predictions 2013: Enterprise Servers FEB 12, 2013 | 12:00PM ET REGISTRATION TO OPEN SHORTLY

IDC: Predictions 2013: High Performance Computing FEB 26, 2013 | 12:00PM ET REGISTRATION TO OPEN SHORTLY

Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013

During last week’s Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, held in Orlando (, Gartner released its annual top 10 technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2013.  Every year, I anticipate the release of this trend list as it always helps me confirm the trends I am seeing in the marketplace.

As I do every year, I provide for you, via this post, the list of Gartner’s Strategic Technology Trends, along with my summary observations about the trend and what Gartner has to say.   As a note before we begin the review, Gartner defines a strategic technology as “one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt.”

So with that, here is the list of Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013 along with my summary thoughts.

Mobile Device Battles:  Unless you’ve been on Mars, you know that individuals are moving to mobile devices as a primary means to access information and stay connected.  We see this everywhere as we go about our daily activities.  Gartner is predicting that by 2013 mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web access device worldwide. Plus, more individuals are switching over to tablets as their primary device.  Gartner says that by 2015, media tablet shipments will reach around 50 percent of laptop shipments.   Gartner also mentions the announcement of Windows 8 as a turning point in the mobile industry.  Window’s 8 is Microsoft’s big bet on mobile. For CIOs, the mobile device trend means they will need to support a greater variety of form factors and this will reduce the ability to standardize across the enterprise on PC and tablet hardware, software, and services.

Mobile Applications and HTML5:  Developers are flocking to mobile as a way to deliver applications and services.  As they do, they look for standard development tools.  Gartner points out that the market for tools to create consumer and enterprise facing mobile apps is complex with well over 100 potential tools vendors.  While for the next few years, no single tool will be optimal, six mobile architectures – native, special, hybrid, HTML 5, Message and No Client will remain popular.  The Gartner report does say that we should expect a long term shift away from native apps to Web apps as HTML5 becomes more capable.

Personal Cloud:  As individuals gradually move off the PC platform, the personal cloud will gradually replace the PC as the location where individuals go for all their digital content and services.  Individuals will be drawn to the cloud for the benefits of mobility, portability, and an always-available place where they store content and go for all their digital needs.   Gartner expects that no one platform, form factor, technology or vendor will dominate the personal cloud market, but that managed diversity and mobile device management will be an imperative.

Enterprise App Stores:  Gartner predicts that some app store vendors will end up specializing in specific devices and/or types of apps.  This will force the enterprise to deal with multiple stores, multiple payment processes and multiple sets of licensing terms.  As employee usage of these stores increase, CIOs and IT departments will need to provide some type of governance system and brokerage services on behalf of the entire enterprise.

The Internet of Things:  The Internet of Things (IoT) has been a trend we’ve been watching for awhile.  More and more sensors and computing devices are designed to be embedded into physical items at time of manufacture.  These physical items are then naturally connected to the Internet.  Key enabling technologies include embedded sensors, image recognition technologies, GPS, cellular communications, and Near Field Communication (NFC).   The important strategic implication is that the IoT will enable a wide range of new applications and services for enterprises and consumers alike.

Hybrid IT and Cloud Computing:  The Cloud Computing trend is maturing and many IT organizations realizing that they have a new responsibility… that of an internal cloud services brokerage (CSB) and governance role.  Only the IT organization can help coordinate and improve the provisioning and consumption of inherently distributed, heterogeneous and often complex cloud services across the enterprise for both  internal users and external business partners.

Strategic Big Data:  2012 was all about understanding the Big Data trend and implementing some pilot projects to learn how to deal with data volume, variety, velocity and complexity.   During 2013, Gartner says that the focus will shift from a focus on individual departmental projects to establishing a cross-enterprise strategic information architecture.  Gartner expects organizations to move away from the concept of a single enterprise data warehouse towards a strategy that includes multiple systems.  These multiple systems will necessitate “logical” enterprise information architecture that includes content management, data warehouses, data marts and specialized file systems tied together with data services and metadata.

Actionable Analytics:  As enterprises deal with the Big Data trend, users are increasingly demanding advanced analytical capability that harvests insights from that Big Data.   Gartner says that in 2013 we will see a shift where IT leaders can begin to afford to perform analytics and simulation for every action taken in the business. Gartner says analytic professionals will focus on utilizing simulation, prediction, optimization and other analytical tools to empower even more decision flexibility at the time and place of every business process action.

In Memory Computing:  In memory computing (IMC) can significantly boost computing performance by moving data off of disk storage devices and into memory.  Operations that previously took hours to process data can be completed in minutes and seconds.  Gartner sees this technology as transformational, allowing applications to detect correlations and patterns pointing at emerging opportunities and threats “as things happen.”  While most likely not a mainstream trend in 2013, it is an important long term trend in computing that will impact IT departments.  Gartner predicts that numerous vendors will announce new in-memory-based solutions over the next two years.

Integrated Ecosystems:  Gartner confirms that we are seeing a shift towards more integrated systems and ecosystems.  CIOs have a need for IT systems that can help them drive to a lower TCO, are less complex, and more reliable and secure.  Vendors are also interested in driving this shift as they would like to provide a complete solution stack in a controlled environment, but without necessarily the need to provide any actual hardware.   To meet this need, traditional vendors are combining hardware, software, and services into appliances that address an infrastructure or application workload.   Cloud-based vendors are providing a standardized and integrated foundation for ISV development and application runtime.  Mobile-based vendors are busy building varying degrees of control across an end-to-end ecosystem

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