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In basic terms, Big Data refers to the massively large or complex databases that companies and government agencies need to manage, manipulate, analyze and store. Proper handling of such large databases requires secure systems with more powerful processors and data analytics programs that can crunch data efficiently with minimal wait times.
While large databases are nothing new, many vendors have jumped on the Big Data wagon this year in particular, with software-as-a-service solutions, cloud computing offerings, and more powerful servers and data storage hardware.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Long-time tech-industry analyst Laura DiDio of Information Technology Intelligence Consulting agrees with King about BYOD being one of the most important tech trends of 2012. She points to tablet computers -- which are even easier than laptops to transport -- for their role in this emerging trend. In fact, the ability to bring your own device to work became so prevalent in 2012, she says, it's getting harder to separate where consumer technology ends and business technology begins.
King points out that, while BYOD moved from an emerging trend to an established practice in 2012, it also helped reveal problems in end-point management and security . IT departments struggled throughout the year with providing easy yet secure access to corporate networks and enterprise applications. In response, mobile device management (MDM) became especially important, with big players like AT&T jumping in to offer security solutions.
Next-Gen Personal Tech
When Ross Rubin, principal analyst with Reticle Research, looks back at notable tech trends of 2012, he points to the year's smaller tablet PCs, more powerful smartphones with larger screens, and new kinds of hybrid notebook /tablet configurations driven by Windows 8.
In less visible arenas, Rubin points to more fitness monitoring devices, many "now in their second generation," and Net connectivity showing up in more and more product categories.
Imagine light bulbs -- not the fixtures, the bulbs themselves -- that can talk to the Net via Wi-Fi and be controlled by smartphones. Applications are still under development, but could include better power management of light bulbs, controlled color variations, and light bulbs connected to security systems. (continued...)
Posted: 2012-12-30 @ 5:18pm PT
Love my iPad!!
Posted: 2012-12-30 @ 5:16pm PT
I started working from home 2 years ago and love it. I couldn't do it without cloud computing, so it definitely gets my vote for best technology -- but also tied with my smartphone. Being able to see and respond to my customers' email anytime, anywhere is so helpful.