This year's IT trends focus on the explosion of mobile comoting. Tablets and all touch devices will dominate the scene as we find new ways for computers to be an extension of the human experience.
Everything goes Mobile – It's not just smart phones and tablets leading the charge for mobility. Everything we do for business and personal will be mobile. From storing data to updating our social sites to every type of paperwork imaginable will be done with the help of our mobile devices. This need for mobility will fuel Cloud services and applications. Look for things you never expected to do on the go and add them to the list of mobile activities.
The Cloud is up close and personal – As we become more productive doing everything mobile, we will need immediate access to all our applications and data. Because of this demand, the Cloud will be our choice for centralized storage and access to applications both for business and personal use. Look for Cloud applications like Microsoft Office 365 and Cloud storage services like Dropbox and SkyDrive to become commonplace.
Corporate App Store – With the explosion of mobile devices and the demand for BYOD (bring your own devices) at work, companies will use their own app stores to deploy apps and manage security. A variety of apps will be offered to employees that focus on productivity for the mobile workforce. Companies will develop their own apps or buy license to modify and distribute available apps. Corporate App Stores will emerge as a new software service model and will be as easy to establish as an eCommerce storefront. Companies will offer a wide-range of apps for business and pleasure to their employees and customers.
Inexpensive Tablets – Not only will tablets be in the price range that will make them affordable to all, they will be capable of increased computing power that will put them in the business class of devices. Tablets will be so affordable that every toddler will have a tablet for games and educational programs. The touch capability will replace the mouse as the way to interface with a computer. The screen size will still be a limitation, but look to roll out screens and larger monitors to make tablets the new personal computer.
Internet of Things – This is not a new concept, but it will define the way human beings interact with data and objects. The Internet of Things (IoT) is tagging every object in a way that it can be sensed by computer systems. This includes radio-frequency identification (RFID) and near field communications (NFC) that will identify objects and allow real-time processing of the tagged data. For instance, you will be able to check out of the grocery store by walking through a scanner that will capture every item in your cart and you'll pay by "bumping" your phone to the register. When you walk in a store, it will capture the tags on your clothing and make recommendations on your style and color choices. Just-in-time inventory control will be the new standard as IoT processes zetabytes of data effortlessly.