Tech Trends 2012
Elevate IT for digital business
Deloitte has announced the research findings from its third annual Tech Trends 2012 report.
The report identifies and predicts the top 10 emerging and disruptive technologies that are expected to play a crucial role in how businesses are anticipated to operate globally in 2012 and beyond.
Commenting, Harry Goddard, Partner, Consulting, Deloitte said: "In our 2011 CIO Survey, we saw that CIOs continued to struggle to do more for less with the result that IT/business alignment was suffering. Meanwhile, CIOs were not fully leveraging the disruptive technologies that can ‘change the game’.
"The intersection of mobile, social, analytics and cloud represents a significant opportunity for new business technology value and innovation, and we believe the big prizes will be won by organisations that successfully combine these complementary technologies.
"Organisations must innovate to stay ahead, and CIOs are in the driving seat to redefine the role that IT plays within an organisation. This report is essential reading for Irish CIOs.”
Below we’ve highlighted some of the most interesting trends in the report.
Social business and gamification
Digital organisations understand that the generation of the digital native has arrived. A new generation of workers and customers, raised, under the influence of video games and consumer technology has dramatically changed our expectation of IT. Nowhere in Europe is this more pronounced than Ireland, home to some of the world’s leading social businesses including Google, Facebook and LinkedIn. Our digital generation expect accessibility to services, work or social relationships to be always on, ubiquitous and without borders. A challenge to Irish CIOs is how they will respond to this market in a landscape where opportunity and competition is both local and global. Paddy Power stands out as an exemplar in understanding this trend. Read the report to understand actions required to propel your own organisation into the post digital age.
Enterprise mobility unleashed
Consumer location as an inhibitor to business is largely obsolete. In response to this a range of ‘apps’ has appeared through the Irish business world as organisations start to capitalise on the disruptive force of mobility. Yet, with only 22% of organisations who participated in our CIO Survey last year having developed consumer applications, there is still room for Irish organisations to benefit from enterprise mobility. The digital market place is not going away, neither are competitors. Our report sets out the practical steps required for organisations to maximise value from enterprise mobility.
Hyper hybrid cloud and outside-in architecture
The ‘to cloud, or not to cloud’ debate is beginning to subside. More Irish businesses than ever are turning to cloud providers such as Salesforce, Google and Amazon to provide software, platform and infrastructure services. Maximising the benefits of these hybrid architectures depends on understanding your organisations capabilities and knowing which are suitable for migration to the cloud. Pragmatic policy, process and implementation approaches are outlined in the report.
Big data goes to work and geospatial visualisation
A net effect of new technologies and the arrival of the digital native is the explosion of big data. Architectures and technology stacks now exist to analyse this data. However, knowing how to interpret ‘the noise’ remains a significant challenge. The key for business is to know what they are looking for so that they achieve their goal of becoming empowered information users and do not fall into the trap of becoming big data librarians.
Advances in data visualisation tools have eroded many of the traditional cost and skill barriers to adopting analytics. It is now very achievable for Irish business of any scale to combine big data, geo data and enterprise data into visualisation mash-ups on the desktop using tools like Google Maps and IDV. Read the report to learn how to accelerate your progress in big data analytics and visualisation.
Download a full copy of the 2012 Tech Trends report here.
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