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

6. Big data analytics starts to change IT thinking

Big data analytics is one of those tools that can be applied to just about any thorny business problem, and that includes the business of running IT itself. The year ahead will see the big data analytics discussion take root with IT professionals around the globe as toolsets that they can use to better run their own businesses.

7. App factories become the new model

Applications are ideally fresh instantiations of business ideas, put into practice as quickly as possible, learned from and enhanced. Unfortunately, the norm seems to be development processes heavily biased towards really big applications with big teams and big investments. 

“That's going to have to change before long: it ought to be as easy for someone in the business to specify an application idea and see a rough prototype as it is, for example, to hire a contractor or two. EMC has practiced this idea in their own business, and it's paying off handsomely,” says Hollis.  He predicts that 2013 will bring a dramatically increased interest in this topic, especially in larger enterprise IT settings.

8. Everything goes "software defined" and "As-A-Service"

“If ‘software-defined’ describes how IT services will be supplied, then ‘as a service’ will describe how they will be demanded: published for easy consumption when needed and not before,” says Hollis.

In 2013, more and more IT vendors pivoting towards the new supply and demand concepts:  IT capabilities produced through dynamic instantiation of virtual instances, and variably consumed as a service.

9. IT process engineers will rule the roost

Delivering a service (any service, really) is only as good as the processes and automation behind it, and no one is ever done examining and improving the processes behind any service.  Continual process re-engineering, at both the macro and micro level, is the norm in so many disciplines today, and it's headed straight for IT.

In these more progressive settings, you'll see a clear category of senior process jockeys, who are empowered to look at things cross-functionally and drive meaningful change in the way things are done. 

10. The new school of security will be in session

The year ahead will see the development of a relatively new set of philosophies, processes, models and skills to define the new school cyber-security.   New tools will definitely be required such as the use of big data and predictive analytics, but will be just one visible icon in a much broader picture of substantial change and evolution.

In 2012, it was mostly the vendor community arguing for a fundamental change in approach.  In 2013, I'm predicting we'll hear even louder voices from the users of these technologies, and in particular our national governments.

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