With the numerous advances in infrastructure, it’s not surprising that 2012 has been a year in which IT is focused on further consolidation and delivering applications that enable end users to rely on any device, anywhere, anytime. In addition to the key trends we’ve already explored — such as Virtualization 2.0, mobile and tablet computing adoption, and the mainstreaming of desktop virtualization — there are other trends that have been taking shape on the IT landscape, including:
No more head in the clouds.
In 2013, IT analysts predict that the computing term “cloud” will become passé. While the jargon already represents different things to different organizations, the main concept behind the term is a move toward a data center that is more unified, consolidated, flexible, scalable and resistant. Going forward, measures such as portability, multi-tenancy and provisioning automation will define cloud strategies. You’ll likely see a move toward IT organizations securing redundancy through multiple data centers and major changes to the idea of what the cloud means.
The explosion of BYOD.
The consumerization of IT is changing. Although traditionally, IT organizations have provided laptops for employees — and long dictated the type of hardware and software workers are allowed to use on the devices — the explosion of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement is dramatically altering this practice. End users are already buying their own devices and requesting to access corporate networks with them. Coupled with shrinking IT budgets, it makes sense that the next step is for companies to avoid the purchase cost of these devices and instead, pass them on to employees who are already doing so.
The growth of advanced communications.
With the mobility of today’s workforce, organizations are striving to keep employees connected to all forms of communication even when they are not at their desks. To that end, 2012 is seeing corporations making an increased investment in enhanced communication strategies. Key focus areas include unified communications, collaboration, instant messaging and virtual meetings, all of which contribute to driving productivity.