The big themes for IT in the coming year

EMC identifies its pick of the focal ICT themes for 2013

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The big themes for IT in the coming year Chuck Hollis, VP, global marketing and CTO, EMC Corporation.
By  Chuck Hollis Published  December 17, 2012

As the year comes to a close and enterprises begin setting down their 2013 agendas, Chuck Hollis, VP, global marketing and CTO at EMC Corporation shares his views on what he believes will be the biggest themes of the IT industry in the coming year.

1. IT continues to move from cost savings to value generation

Following the transition of the years past, customer conversations will continue to focus on "how do we generate more value for the business?” blurring the lines between IT and business strategies.

However, the vast majority of IT organisations weren't constructed as value-generating entities.  Most have to invest in a non-trivial organisational transformation to achieve this state.   So the topic of IT transformation becomes extremely relevant: true in 2011, more true in 2012, and now very mainstream during 2013.

2. Digital business models become more important than the ingredients

As a result of rich industry discussion on the latest technology trends, there's now an interesting acronym floating around: SMAC (social, mobile, analytics, cloud). Hollis believes the year ahead will see the development of a "digital business model" – a complete re-envisioning of an organisation's value proposition using entirely digital constructs bringing each of these elements together with a set of leadership initiatives to transform the business.

3. Executive literacy become important

A growing concern in the current environment is that many business leaders don't have the required background to understand how to use technology effectively in their businesses. In a world that's becoming dominated by digital business models, wouldn't it make sense to demand at least a conceptual grasp of technologies by business leaders throughout the organisation?  The IT rallying cry for increased executive digital literacy will gather even more strength during 2013.

4. Enterprise users go 100% mobile, with or without IT

2013 will be the year when most enterprise IT organisations fully come to terms with the fact that pervasive mobility is no longer just a want, it is a need and start the unenviable work of building enterprise mobility environments that bring users back into the fold by offering a superior set of services.

5. A new wave of analytics addicts in the business

Hollis believes in 2013, the world will witness new platform capabilities such as Analytics-as-a-Service that will inevitably be complemented by management education on how to put these new tools to work to continually improve the business. While there is no doubt that the world will still need traditional BI professionals (and the newer breed of data science), executive analytical proficiency will quickly become part of the modern repertoire expected of business leaders around the globe.

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